Tuesday, February 3, 2015

About People’s Histreh, Nottingham: Event this Saturday, and Publications

Pamphlet launch with talks, discussions, tea and biscuits

Sat 7th February, 2015, 2-4 p.m., University of Nottingham
“103 Foresters: Mutinies and death sentences in the local regiment – 1914-18”

You can also read about this on our events page or as a pdf.
Since the start of 2014, we have been working on an extensive research project, looking into the cases of the 103 Sherwood Foresters who were sentenced to death or sentenced on mutiny charges during World War One.-

We will launch the first two issues in a series of pamphlets, the first introducing and contextualising the project, the second looking into the case of a soldier sentenced to death on the Western Front on February
5th, 1915.

Room A18/19, Department of History
Lenton Grove (
building number 5 on the University Park Campus
map/West/Beeston entrance)
University of Nottingham
University Park Campus
Beeston Lane

Free parking on the campus on weekends.
Free event (donations welcome), venue wheelchair accessible.
“Many thanks to the UoN’s Department of History for hosting the event!”


People's Histreh - Nottingham & Notts Radical History Group

Who we are…

We are a group of people with different political backgrounds, interested in what has been called ‘history from below‘, ‘grassroots history’ or ‘social history‘. As Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have such a long and turbulent history of socioeconomic transformation, disturbance and conflict, there is a lot to be unearthed. In fact, the most amazing, inspiring, shocking and outrageous stories leap out wherever the surface is scratched. [Sounds familiar...?]

…and what we do…

We have been working on a number of different projects since we first got together in late 2009. Among many other subjects, such as Chartism or the local history of slavery, we have e.g. been remembering the
successful fight against the Poll Tax (for instance by celebrating the 20th anniversary of the custard-pieing of local councillors).

Probably our main project so far has been working on the history of riotous Nottingham during the Industrial Revolution. There is for instance our popular guided walk To the Castle!, retracing the 1831 Reform Riots. The publication of the same title, along with our pamphlet “Damn his charity...“ (on the remarkable events known as Nottingham’s ‘Great Cheese Riot’), has just been reprinted in our new paperback book Nottingham Rising… .

Last summer we (that is ‘Loaf On A Stick Press’) were proud to publish Chris Richardson’s exciting book A City of Light… on the struggles of courageous women and men in 1840s Nottingham who challenged the
inhumanities of the Poor Law, contested charges of sedition, blasphemy and riot, confronted the forces of established religion, and championed new forms of democratic control.

At present we are very busy working on our new long term research project regarding those soldiers who served in the local regiment (then known as the ‘Sherwood Foresters’) and were either sentenced to death or sentenced on mutiny charges by courts martial during World War One.

For information, images, maps, audio files, documents, etc. regarding all our activities please visit our (very irregularly updated) online presence:

See also our publications:

Nottingham Rising: The Great Cheese Riot of 1766 & the 1831 Reform Riots
By Valentine Yarnspinner (Loaf On A Stick Press; 2014); ISBN
Paperback £6 (free digital version -
http://peopleshistreh.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/nottingham_rising_peoples_histreh_digital_edition1.pdf )

A City of Light: Socialism, Chartism and Co-operation – Nottingham 1844
By Christopher Richardson (Loaf On A Stick Press; 2013); ISBN 9780956913944
Paperback £7.99 (see also

Available from Five Leaves Bookshop (
http://fiveleavesbookshop.co.uk), Waterstones Nottingham etc.

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