The 173rd anniversary of the Battle of Mapperley Hills

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Three years now since my nephew and I made a second-take single shot video on an iPad to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the Battle of Mapperley Hills. See http://youtu.be/bDT6DO_9JmM
We did our best with the camera and the history (the sound is not great and the facts might not be entirely accurate either), but we are grateful to the anonymous people who’ve written what appears to be a much more credible, and fuller history of the day’s events, available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mapperley_Hills
And let us take moment today to reflect on what organised working people were trying to achieve, and how they struggled and suffered for it.
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Interesting that one commentator advises that the term “Battle” was meant originally, in essence mocking the language of the judges and magistrates who escalated the protestors actually posed.

Nottingham North talks Labour history

Nottingham North Labour party met to discuss labour history from two different periods.

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Roy Lakey, party agent, chatted about the people he knew and helped having worked for the party from the sixties.
Of Edith Summerskill covering at a 1,000 strong rally for the expected lateness of George Brown, and of George Brown holding that audience for an hour and a half using speech notes of just two words – “they know”. Of the community politics of Labour Councillors in the sixties and seventies.
Of how Militant Tendency in the eighties ran as a party within a party.
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Chris talked about various campaigns in the 19th century.
Of how the Chartists cut their teeth opposing rates rises proposed by local vicars. And how one of them spied for the Home Secretary.
Of Fergus O’Connor, his weaknesses and strengths – including founding the national newspaper the Northern Star.

A reminder of the extent and significance of the rebels and rebellions of Nottingham, that is to be the theme of the revised bid to the Heritage National Lottery – see http://www.nottinghampost.com/Reality-creeping-bid-castle-funds-revised/story-19925191-detail/story.html

The 171st anniversary of the Battle of Mapperley Hills

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Last year my nephew and I made a second-take single shot to the iPad to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the Battle of Mapperley Hills. See http://youtu.be/bDT6DO_9JmM
We did our best with the camera and the history, but we are grateful to the anonymous people who’ve written what appears to be a much more credible history of the day’s events, available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mapperley_Hills
And let us take moment today to reflect on what organised working people were trying to achieve, and how they struggled and suffered for it.

Further reading :
Speech on radical history : http://www.labourblogs.com/public-blog/michaeledwards/31065/
169th anniversary : http://www.labourblogs.com/public-blog/michaeledwards/30023/
A wider history of Mapperley : http://www.labourblogs.com/public-blog/michaeledwards/28932/

A Case of History Repeating

So “A History of Britain” is being re-run on BBC. And “World at War” on Yesterday, which is of course, a re-run channel.
And it is good to be reminded of how much Britain was in to being part of Europe, whoops, the Roman Empire, cos of the wealth generated through trade. The Romans were everywhere of course, but not particularly interested in what is now Nottingham city centre.
The series skimped the last century, which I guess was the spec anyway, but what a shame they gave that bit of our story to Andrew Marr (made worse by giving him all of mankind next).
The World at War is terrific too but probably suffers most from being made before the full extent of Britain’s ability to read Germany’s communications was fully understood. But told a lot – so much so that The Battle of Britain only got one-third of one of the 26 episodes.
Important though. And the N Post paid tribute to a local Polish Spitfire pilot who died this week.
The longest serving British PoW has also died and yesterday, the Mirror paid tribute to the last of the Jarrow marchers. Kevin Maguire wrote

The authentic history of Britain isn’t the reign of King This and Queen That.
It is the history of protest and struggle for the right to vote, a job, a decent income, home, to join a trade union, free speech and a fair trial.

20130106-124525 PM.jpgThe latest Robin Hood movie by Ridley Scott echoed some of this. Richard the Lionheart doesn’t get the write-up he gets elsewhere, although his actual death was much more futile than shown in the movie. The movie works in protests about rights and tries to tie in with the Magna Carta.
Actual Nottingham – aka Banner Town – has certainly seen a lot of that.
Hopefully it’s a story we can work up as part of the lottery bid of Robin Hood and the Rebels, Nottingham Castle and the Rebellions.
I hope they make a sequel to the latest Robin Hood movie.
But if they don’t, there’s scope I’m sure for a TV mini-series about the rebellions of Nottingham. Cheese riots, Luddite campaigns, abandoned revolutions, burning down the Duke of Newcastle’s palace, chartist strikes, a Chartist MP et al.