OUR CHARTIST HERITAGE
Inspiring today’s citizens with a passion for justice and truth which roused yesterday’s Chartist and Suffragette reformers.
Our Chartist Heritage (OCH) aims to raise the profile of the Chartist heritage of the Newport region, so that the 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 recognise that heritage is about people not just about places or things. A better understanding of local Chartist heritage will benefit the general public living in the South Wales region by enhancing community perception of the authenticity of the area, encouraging a sense of civic pride and shared ownership. The activities of Our Chartist Heritage will encourage members of the public to value more highly their unique heritage as seen in the Chartist story.
Our aim is “the advancement of education for the public benefit in the history and heritage of the Chartist movement by the provision of talks, exhibitions, conferences, educational materials and by such other means as the trustees may from time to time determine.”
The members of OCH organise meetings and events, produce leaflets, give talks and lectures, arrange conferences, festivals exhibitions and education programmes, raise funds, conserve and interpret items of heritage. OCH aims to develop educational assets that raise the profile of Chartist heritage and build upon it in order to extend the perceived value of the Chartist history, heritage and culture of Newport and South Wales to extend the pride and confidence of this unique region.