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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

05JuneSunday
Meeting

2022 Annual General Meeting

Time: Sunday, 5th June 202211:00 am - 3:00 pm / Farnham Museum garden room
2022 Annual General Meeting  Sun 5th June The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held at the Garden Room of Farnham Museum, West St, Farnham GU9 7DX.  Details have yet to be finalised, but it is likely to be at 11:00am for an 11:30am  start to the formal business, followed by a sandwich […]
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13JulyWednesday
Members Event

2022 Rural Ride Replacement Wed July 13th

Time: Wednesday, 13th July 202210:30 am - 4:00 pm / Farnham Museum
With COVID still present we felt that it was still not wise to arrange our traditional event (based on a coach journey around Cobbett locations).  We have instead planned a visit to the Gilbert White Museum and Gardens, Selborne, Hampshire GU34 3JH.  Gilbert White – the ‘first naturalist’ – died in 1793 when Cobbett was […]
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30SeptemberFriday
Lecture

2022 Annual Lecture

Time: Friday, 30th September 202230th September 2022 - 8:00 pm - 8th October 2021 - 9:30 pm / Farnham, Maltings
We are planning to hold our Annual Lecture in September, a week earlier than usual – on Sept 30th 2022 at Farnham Maltings.The topic this year is expected to be Cobbett’s ‘Cottage Economy’, celebrating the 200th anniversary of its publication.   We are still arranging speakers. Details will be posted when we have more.  Bookings will be […]

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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