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AGM and Spring Day School, Local Political Protest, NLHA

01.04.2017, 10:00 am4:00 pm

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DissentOn Saturday 01 April 2017 at Ravenshead Village Hall commencing with the Day School at 10:00am and the AGM during the lunch break.

£7.50 for NLHA members and £8.50 for non-members




  • 9.30am Registration and refreshments
  • 10.00am Start
  • 10.15am ‘Chartists, the Land Plan and Allotments’ Roger Tanner

The talk will explore the relationship between the Chartist campaign of the 1840’s and the development of allotments in Nottinghamshire.

  • 11.15am ‘Smashing the Frames’  – Bob Massey

For more than 40 years I have been fascinated in the history of Arnold and the surrounding area. How its isolation and geography shaped the people and events of not only the local area but nationally as well. The first act of what became known as the Luddite rebellion started in the village of Arnold. From here it spread north, east and west with outbreaks accruing for some 5 yrs. This is then the story of these local beginnings, and the reasons and effects of the protests on the local as well as national population.

  • 12.15pm Annual General Meeting
  • 12.30pm – 2.00pm Lunch & Book Stalls
  • 2.00pm ‘The Pentrich Rebellion: A Nottingham Affair?’  – Dr. Richard Gaunt

The Pentrich Rebellion, whose bicentenary falls in June 2017, is traditionally recognised as a ‘Derbyshire Rising’. However, the 300 or so men who set out from the villages of Pentrich and South Wingfield in Derbyshire, were heading along a route skirting the Erewash Valley towards Nottingham, under the mistaken belief that they would be met with arms, money, food and comradeship in their revolutionary cause. This talk re-considers the Nottingham-centred nature of the rising, which was led by Jeremiah Brandreth – the ‘Nottingham Captain’. Nottingham had a well-established wartime reputation for radicalism and achieved national notoriety through its central place in Luddism. How far should we also think of the Pentrich Rebellion as a ‘Nottingham affair?’

  • 3.00pm ‘Ballots, Blacklegs and Bedlam- The Nottinghamshire Miners and the 1984-85 Miners Strike – A Reappraisal’ – David Amos

The talk is a reappraisal of the controversial role played by the working Nottinghamshire miners in the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike. The failure of the Nottinghamshire Miners to join the dispute is often cited by commentators from the left as being the sole reason for the strike being lost and the subsequent rape of the coal industry which followed. However, this view fails to take account that whether the strike was won or lost, the coal-industry would still have to face up to certain issues which would not go away In the ensuing years many reasons have been expounded for the lack of militancy in the Nottinghamshire Coalfield in the 1984-85 strike However, in many cases, these reasons do not stand up when scrutinized, especially when applied to collieries in the NCB South Nottinghamshire Area. The talk, based on research done as part of my 2012 PhD investigates some of these deeper reasons in an attempt to make sense of the failure of the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike in Nottinghamshire.

  • 4.00pm Finish


Roger Tanner Is an allotment holder who is too often distracted by local history. He leads guided walks to explore Nottingham’s radical history and is active in the Pentrich Revolution Bicentenary events.

Bob Massey is a local historian, tutor and lecturer who is an active member of Arnold Local History Group as well as other research groups and societies. For over 40 years he has taught Local History and similar subjects on courses around the country as well as talks for groups and organisations. He regularly writes articles on these subjects for magazines. He has published two books, Snippets from History Vol 1 & 2 stories on the history of the local area. He is presently working on a history of entertainment in the area.

Dr. Richard Gaunt is Associate Professor in Modern British History at the University of Nottingham. He is currently on secondment to Nottingham City Museums and Galleries as their ‘Curator of Rebellion’, helping in the transformation project at Nottingham Castle. Brandreth and Pentrich are featured events in the proposed new Rebellion Gallery, due to open in 2020.

David Amos has been employed in various guises in the field of Community Education and Heritage Project Management and was Heritage Development Officer on a job-share basis at Bestwood Winding Engine House from 2013 to 2015. He was awarded a Doctorate from the University of Nottingham in the summer of 2012 after completing a Research Degree ona history of the Nottinghamshire Miners and their controversial role in the1984-85 Miners’ Strike and its aftermath. His current role is a part-time Research Assistant in Coaland Dialect at Nottingham Trent University, looking at preserving aspects of coal mining heritage in the East Midlands through the lens of the spoken word i.e. poetry, short stories and song.


10:00 am–4:00 pm
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Nottinghamshire Local History Association
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Ravenshead Village Hall
61 Vernon Crescent
Ravenshead, NG15 9BN
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