Saturday, November 5, 2016

In Nottingham this November…

1. From People's Histreh:
As part of the University of Nottingham’s "Being Human: A Festival of Humanities" ( we will be going on another of our popular walks:

"To the Castle" - retracing the 1831 Reform Riots.

Saturday, 19th November 2016Start 4pm St Peter Square (outside M&S)

Look out for the Loaf On A Stick!

Please see our blog for a poster, leaflet, handout and other materials:

We can’t pretend it is a new thing, but we are always happy to do another walk!

Although the Reform Riots (when rioters e.g. burned down Nottingham Castle) are often referred to, little is known about who the rioters were and what may have motivated them.

We will follow in the rioters' footsteps, taking a close look at the direct action of these so called ‘misguided rascals’ and looking into their identities, motives as well as living and working conditions in early nineteenth century Nottingham.

We hope that people who have missed the previous walks can join us this time and of course would be much delighted to see familiar faces again.

As always the event is free of charge (donations welcome) and the route is wheelchair accessible (although there are some hills and a few cobbles along the way).

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Please also keep your eyes open for more information about our brand new book (details to be announced within the next few days):

Charlie & Blue Bell Hill Boy
By Colin Brett
Loaf On A Stick Press; 2016
ISBN 9780956913999
Paperback £5
Please see also our other publications:

Nottingham Rising: The Great Cheese Riot of 1766 & the 1831 Reform Riots
By Valentine Yarnspinner (Loaf On A Stick Press; 2014); ISBN 9780956913968
Paperback £6 (free digital version

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 (, Waterstones Nottingham etc.
Who we are...

We are a group of people interested in what has been called "history from below" or "grassroots 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.

...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 riotous history of Nottingham during the Industrial Revolution. There is of course 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 been reprinted in our paperback book Nottingham Rising... .

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.

Since 2014 we have also been working on a 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. Please find the all issues of our pamphlet series 103 Foresters as free downloads on our blog.

For information on all our events, publications, etc. please visit our (very irregularly updated) online presence

2. The Commoners’ Fair
Saturday 26 November, 11:00 – 20:00
Followed by Film Free And Easy 20:00 – 00:00
The Commoners’ Fair is a day-long event that celebrates the idea of ‘the Commons’ – the shared resources that are available to all of us, and what that means to our urban communities in the here and now. This event brings together people from Radford, Lenton and the wider city to share the rich array of knowledge, skills and ideas in our local area. The project asks: ‘What is it that everyone has that they can share? And how do we share it?
The Commoners’ fair has been developed by artist Ian Nesbitt with members of the Radford Skills Exchange and other local groups and initiatives. Join them for a day of talks, conversation, performance, food and workshops exploring ideas of alternative economies and the sharing of knowledge within a community. There will be food to sample from the Women's Culture Exchange and Soul Food Café, stalls from local groups offering information on everything from gardening projects and financial resilience to radical libraries and home-brewing. Dip into creative workshops led by local residents – including bead-dying and film making – and make your own page for a ‘zine that will record the rich mix of ideas at the Commoners Fair.
Throughout the day you can hear a variety of informal short talks in response to Ian’s invitation: ‘Tell me something I don’t know’. Drop by for a few minutes and you might find out about engineering, kitten care, the best way to tidy, how to make a tasty Eritrean treat, local history, or catch a musical performance.
To wrap up the day-time event, there will be a Commoners’ Working Group discussion – looking at what we’ve learnt from the day and how people would like to continue working together. This is open to anyone who’s been involved in organising or attending the Commoners Fair.
During the evening, after dinner courtesy of the Soul Food Café down the road at All Souls Church and Community Centre, a ‘Film Free and Easy’ event will also be taking place back at Primaryfrom 8pm until midnight, with input from Annexinema. ‘Film Free and Easy’ is an event devised by artists to explore new ways of showing moving-image works, including film, video and projections. The structure of the event is based on the audience bringing along the material that will be shown.
If you’d like to get involved or contribute to the The Commoners Fair, feel free to contact Ian directly on 07791044678 / roku.oc.ttibsennai@ofni come along to theWorking Group Meetings.
This event is part of Ian Nesbitt’s Ek-uh-nom-iks project at Primary.

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