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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

19JuneFriday
Meeting

2020 Annual General Meeting

Time: Friday, 19th June 202010:00 am - 11:00 am / Museum of Farnham, West Street, Farnham
2020 Annual General Meeting  Sat 14th March The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held in the Garden Room at the Museum of Farnham, West Street, Farnham on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Coffee and biscuits will be served on arrival at 10:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at 11.00 a.m.  Lunch (£7) at […]
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04JulySaturday
Members Event

2020 Rural Ride **** EVENT CANCELLED ****

Time: Saturday, 4th July 202010:00 am - 2:00 pm / Farnham
This year’s Rural Ride has regrettably been cancelled due to the current COVID-19 situation.
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09OctoberFriday
Lecture

2020 Annual Lecture **** EVENT CANCELLED ****

Time: Friday, 9th October 20208:00 pm - 10:00 pm / Farnham, Maltings
This year’s Annual Lecture has regrettably been cancelled.

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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