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Alice Wheeldon - a brave and principled local woman who was scapegoated by the Government of the time. Please read on to learn more about Alice's story

Alice Wheeldon – a brave and principled local woman who was scapegoated by the Government of the time. Please read on to learn more about Alice’s story

What is Derby Peoples’ History (DPH)?

DPH attempts to rediscover the past of Derby’s ordinary people, what they did individually and collectively to make the world a better place.

We meet regularly and collect the memories of local people and mark significant events.  We are open to  requests for ideas for discussion, meetings and action.

WE CONTINUE TO REMEMBER, AND FIGHT TO CLEAR THE NAME OF ALICE WHEELDON – THIS REMAINS A MAJOR FOCUS OF THE GROUP.

In May, 2013, the City of Derby recognised the circumstances behind Alice’s treatment by the Government of the time and a blue plaque was dedicated to her memory and her courageous stance as a person of conscience in relation to war.

A video showing the full coverage of the Blue Plaque Ceremony in Derby on 1 May, with speeches by the Mayor of Derby, Lisa Higginbottom; Normanton Ward Councillor, Hardyal Dhindsa; Derby Civic Society, Alan Grimadell, and Alice Wheeldon’s great granddaughters, Deirdre & Chloë Mason. can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFVm3NxYlKY

This year, Thursday 1st May 2014,  saw the Rededication of Alice’s Blue Plaque

There was a walk and also a bike ride to CELEBRATE 

There is a tab dedicated to this occasion, and the two activities, and information is provided

Our concern with the the issue (or theme) of conscience in relation to war, is further reflected in the “ARTICLES” section/tab, with a piece from the Derby Telegraph which may prove of interest…

Please also see the link below (click) for information on a recent event in London:

The Alice Wheeldon Walk:

This is something we run, from time to time, most recently with Chloe Mason (22nd, October, 2014).

You can undertake a self-guided walk, by downloading this leaflet:

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The leaflet explains tells Alice’s story in brief, and gives information regarding relevant local places of interest.

Chloe Mason continues to visit the UK:

http://www.theworldismycountry.info/

Chloe Mason said: “The campaign to clear the names of Alice Wheeldon and our grandparents, Alf and Win Mason, takes on a new relevance as our countries prepare themselves to fight another foreign war. Alice Wheeldon stood up for what she believed in, defying the full resources of the Government being deployed against her. Her story illustrates how “In war, truth is the first casualty,”

OTHER EVENTS COMING UP:

On Thursday 26th February, 2015:

“United We Stand” - A play: by Townsend Productions, who delivered the sell-out “We Will Be Free!”-the Tolpuddle Martyrs Story, last year at the Guildhall:

NOTE: This is one to make a note of in your diary immediately. We expect there to be high demand for tickets.

This event is organised by DPHG and UCATT the Union.

*****NOTE: Please see the Observer Review from October 2014, see the header

[Click on the blue text, once you have opened the header page,  and a copy of the Review will download to your PC]

Recent events:

Louise Raw:

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Louise Raw: Historian, Author, and expert on The Matchwomen’s Strike of 1888, spoke to the Group on 04th November 2014 in a talk entitled:

“Mothers of the British Labour Movement”

 

For more information concerning the Matchwomen, please see below:

http://louiseraw.co.uk/moreinformation.htm

For information about life during the Victorian age: http://www.victorianweb.org/

“THE WAR WITHIN A WAR”

A presentation, by Adam Hochschild and panel discussion with Chloe Mason and Cyril Pearce (Author). Please visit the GALLERY tab for photos from the evening of 22nd October, 2014

Words of Derby anti-war activist Alice Wheeldon were inspiration to Adam (Hochschild) Derby Telegraph 25th October 2014: {click below for article}

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Words-Derby-anti-war-activist-Alice-Wheeldon/story-23486123-detail/story.html

For a review of Adam’s book: “To End All Wars” visit here:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/may/08/all-wars-adam-hochschild-review

MISCARRIAGES OF JUSTICE

  • ON SATURDAY 11th OCTOBER, 2014: – at the West Indian Centre, Derby:  was an evening comprising a mix of talks, music and theatre…around 60 people attended.

PRIOR to this there was a WALK to commemorate the PENTRICH RISING (sometimes described as “Rebellion” or “Revolution” or “Uprising”). Some 40 people went on this excellent guided walk, which visited along the way: the niche Derby Gaol Museum and the church of St Werburg, Derby (see weblinks below) 

http://www.derbygaol.com/

http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/Ourchurches/Completelistofchurches/St-Werburghs-Church-Derby-Derbyshire/

There are GALLERY pages and TABS celebrating these occasions, in photographs.