About

Our Chartist Heritage

Our Chartist heritage inspires today’s citizens with a passion for justice and truth which roused yesterday’s Chartist and Suffragette reformers.  The commitment to common citizenship values as expressed by the Chartists in the famous event of 1839 when over 5000 Chartists marched to Newport from all parts of the South Wales Valleys in the cause of free speech, justice and democracy are as important today as they were all those years ago.  We champion the democratic process and encourage active citizenship so that communities become more cohesive and our region becomes a safer, stronger and more prosperous as the city becomes a more vibrant place in which to live and work.  We recognise that heritage is about people not just about places or things. A better understanding of cultural diversity and local Chartist heritage will benefit the general public living in the Newport region by enhancing community perception of the authenticity of the area, encouraging a sense of civic pride and shared ownership.  Our aim is to “promote democratic heritage and the evolution of the popular vote, particularly the Chartist movement in South Wales, and to advance awareness and knowledge of active citizenship.”   

Who benefits?

OCH recognises that heritage is about people not just about places or things.  A better understanding of cultural diversity and local Chartist heritage will benefit the general public living in the Newport region by enhancing community perception of the authenticity of the area, encouraging a sense of civic pride and shared ownership.  The activities of OCH will advance the social wellbeing the general public, and influence local organisations and public bodies to value more highly its heritage and culture assets and to manage heritage resources more effectively.  The activities in which OCH engage take place across a range of community groups including school and university students, pupils permanently excluded from school, community groups including senior citizens and BME groups and the general public at large.  The work of OCH will encourage tourists to the area and so there will be a general economic benefit in terms of jobs and prosperity.  Our work in promoting the democratic process and citizenship will impact not only locally but will also have resonance nationally and internationally.

We aim to raise the profile of Chartist heritage so that the Newport area becomes more widely known nationally and internationally as the location of the Newport Rising, one of the most significant events in the shaping of British democracy.  We are intent on developing assets to reinforce this heritage and build upon it in order to support conferences, festivals, exhibitions and events promoting local heritage and citizenship.

The activities of Our Chartist Heritage will advance the social wellbeing the general public, and influence local organisations and public bodies to value more highly its heritage and culture assets and to manage heritage resources more effectively.  Our Chartist Heritage engages with a range of groups including, but not exclusively, school and university students, community groups including senior citizens and BME groups, tourist visitors to the area and the general public. We work to ensure that the work of Our Chartist Heritage will have lasting impact locally and continued resonance nationally and internationally.

WHAT WE DO

For the benefit of the general public we:

celebrate this region’s common heritage;

organise events such as the annual School Chartist Walk;

develop Stow Hill as a tourist walking route;

arrange conferences and conventions, meetings, and lectures such as the annual Chartist Convention;

arrange a Festival of Democracy;

raise public awareness of heritage;

aim to influence public opinion;

promote the profile of heritage at local and national governmental levels;

raise public and governmental awareness of citizenship issues;

aim to influence local authority action and national policy in promoting participation in citizenship and the democratic process;

co-operate with Newport City Council tourism strategy;

co-operate with other heritage organisations;

produce leaflets;

provide educational materials to schools;

arrange and propose festivals and exhibitions;

facilitate education programmes;

promote citizenship issues at all levels;

develop assets that reinforce this heritage;

advise other organisations on heritage matters ;

raise funds;

conserve and interpret items of heritage;

restore pride and confidence in this unique region;

make Chartist heritage a force for social cohesion;

be a focus for heritage-led regeneration opportunities;

help to make Newport a more vibrant place in which to live and work;

champion active citizenship and the democratic process so that communities become more cohesive and our city region becomes a safer, stronger and more prosperous.

work to ensure that the work of Our Chartist Heritage will have lasting impact locally and continued resonance nationally and internationally.

engage with a range of groups including, but not exclusively, school and university students, community groups including senior citizens and BME groups, tourist visitors to the area and the general public.

 

 

 

 

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