Commemorating the Luddites

Reading the eulogy to the Luddites

Reading the eulogy to the Luddites


If I haven’t done much blogging here for a long while, the reason is I have been really busy getting out there and ‘doing history’. On 19 January 2013, with York’s Alternative History, I was helping to commemorate the execution in York of 17 Luddites 200 years before. The weather was no great help to us but, despite that, 90 people joined us in York’s historic and drafty Guildhall to hear talks by Katrina Navickas, Malcolm Chase and Alan Brooke. Around 40 of us then processed to the site of the executions to carry out a memorial ceremony, which I had the honour to lead. In the evening, I dusted off my long ignored past on the folk music scene, to run an evening of radical words, poems, music and song to mark the occasion and YAH’s first birthday. Great fun – thanks to some brilliant acts. Check it all out on the York Alternative History site.

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