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The William Cobbett Society was founded in 1976 to bring together those who have an interest in the life and writings of William Cobbett. A passionate defender of the freedom of the press Cobbett was prepared to defend it at the cost of imprisonment and exile.

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Events & Programs

27MarchSaturday
Meeting

2021 Annual General Meeting

Time: Saturday, 27th March 202110:30 am - 11:30 am / Zoom
2021 Annual General Meeting  Sat 27th March The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held on Zoom at 10:30am on Saturday March 27th 2021. The link for the meeting is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87909603493?pwd=MTM3UlZCYkpzREZNTE5JZkdJNWordz09 Meeting ID: 879 0960 3493 Passcode: 353314 It is expected that the meeting will last for about an hour. As well as […]
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11JulySunday
Members Event

2021 Rural Ride Replacement

Time: Sunday, 11th July 20212:15 pm - 5:00 pm / Farnham Museum
With COVID still present it has been decided that we could not successfully run our usual coach-based Rural Ride.  As an alternative this year we are running an event in Farnham on Sunday 11th July 2021 (2:15 pm to 5pm) – a guided walk in Farnham starting and finishing at Farnham Museum (where we usually […]
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08OctoberFriday
Lecture

2021 Annual Lecture

Time: Friday, 8th October 20218:00 pm - 9:30 pm / Farnham, Maltings
We are planning to hold our Annual Lecture in October as usual – on October 8th 2021 at Farnham Maltings.  The theme this year will be Rural Rides – in view of this being the 200th anniversary of the first Ride in 1821. Details will be posted when we have more.  Bookings will be through […]

Society News

COBBETT’S ATTITUDE TO RACE AND SLAVERY

With Colston’s statue thrown into the river and questions being asked about the attitudes to slavery of other historical figures, we thought the Society should make some comments about what Cobbett had to say about slavery.
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CITIZENS PROJECT – COBBETT AND FARNHAM MUSEUM

CITIZENS PROJECT – COBBETT AND FARNHAM MUSEUM

Farnham Museum and the William Cobbett Society are working with Royal Holloway College, University of London as part of the ‘Citizens Project’ – which charts the history of liberty, protest and reform from the Magna Carta onwards -  to produce new video material featuring Cobbett’s role in these themes.  The material will form part of the future permanent exhibition at Farnham Museum.
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Mark Steel’s review of reporters’ journeys round Britain

Mark Steel’s review of reporters’ journeys round Britain

First broadcast:Saturday 12 January 2013 Mark Steel’s review of reporters’ journeys round Britain, starting with William Cobbett, the great English journalist and radical campaigner who was born 250 years ago. Mark talks to veteran horseman Dylan Winter and analyses a classic radio and TV genre that owes more than it realises to Cobbett – the tradition of going out and taking a look at Britain.
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