Dare to be free
An election leaflet from 1774 - it calls for liberty and attacks the idea of vested interests in politics.
The utopian scheme of William Hodgson, written in 1795 whilst serving a prison sentence for sedition (expressing support of the French Revolution).
An attack by Charles James Fox on the government's management of war and international diplomacy in 1801.
Satirical magazine which attacked the establishment and gave a platform to reformers, 1817-1818.
England in 1819
A court case in response to the events at Peterloo
A political pamphleteer's take on the Peterloo massacre.
Shelley's poetic attack on England's rulers after the events of Peterloo.
Two cartoons attacking social inequality and the actions of the King, Prince Regent and Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Rules, minutes and membership list from the early years of trade unionism.
Engraving of a mass meeting in support of the Tolpuddle Martyrs.
Appeal and subscription sheet from the fundraising committee to support the freed Tolpuddle Martyrs.
A handbook for secretaries and travellers, including information about welfare provision for members.
Targetted attack on opponents of the Reform Bill in the House of Lords.
Satirical pamphlet by George Cruikshank, hailing the prospect of political reform (and attacking its opponents).
Ephemeral cartoons produced in support of the reform movement.
A reformer's take on the national anthem.