One day conference and public lecture: J.C. Wedgwood

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One day conference and public lecture: J.C. Wedgwood

Postby mcc19 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:11 pm

The School of Humanities, Keele University, the History of Parliament Trust and the Remembering Eleanor Rathbone Group invite you to join us for one-day conference on Thursday 22 November 2018 at Keele University: Testament to Democracy: J.C. Wedgwood, British Politics and the struggle against fascism, 1933-1943

2018 is the 75th anniversary of the death of Josiah C. Wedgwood MP: the founder of the History of Parliament Trust, MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme (1906-1942) and a man who, although largely forgotten today, campaigned passionately for wide ranging causes including land tax reform, personal freedom and the future of the British Empire. The latter part of his campaigning career was dominated by the fight against Nazism and fascism in the 1930s and early 1940s, including the support of the Kindertransport rescue effort which evacuated thousands of predominantly Jewish children out of Nazi occupied Europe.

This year also marks the 80th anniversary of Neville Chamberlain's infamous Munich Agreement, which proved to be a turning point in British attitudes to Nazi Germany. Wedgwood’s determined campaign against appeasement placed him at the centre of this key debate in British politics. This conference will explore Wedgwood's career and use it as the starting point to facilitate a discussion of the British political reaction to Fascism and anti-Semitism.

The partners of the conference, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, will also be holding a free public lecture at Keele University on the evening of the 22nd November 2018, where there will be a chance to see the exhibition that is currently touring North Staffordshire. See the Arts Keele website for more information.

To book a place on the conference, visit the Eventbrite listing
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