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.
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.
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.