This session is based on a collection of detailed, personal interviews with Chartist prisoners that were made by the Home Office in 1839. Before the workshop, we will send you copies of the interviews, one for each student to read and analyse, to find out what they can tell us about individual Chartist's backgrounds, employment history, family, reasons for imprisonment and motivation for becoming a Chartist.
During the videoconference the education officer will lead the discussion with the students to bring together the results of their research and see if it is possible to identify a typical Chartist. They will also debate how useful these interviews are as evidence for understanding the motives of Chartists.
To conclude the workshop, a selection of documents illustrating various aspects of the Chartist movement will be looked at for group discussion, including original posters advertising Chartist meetings.
This session can be delivered as a