Chartism at Gwent Archives

Gwent Archives has a number of documents relating to Chartism. A complete list of our sources can be found here.

The Cynefin project Unlocking the Chartist Trials brought to life the words of the ordinary men and women caught up in the fight for democracy in the South Wales valleys at the beginning of Queen Victoria's reign. Transcription is ongoing of more than 3,000 documents that were gathered together shortly after the Chartist uprising that took place in Newport on 3rd and 4th November 1839. Some of the documents were used in the sensational treason trial that took place in Monmouth's Shire Hall the following month. This COMMUNITY FILM by Green Valley Films and Made in Tredegar offers an introduction to the documents.All the documents that are transcribed are gradually being added to Peoples Collection Wales.

The project also brought together a number of organisations with learning material relating to Chartism. We are adding these resources to Peoples Collection Wales for use by schools and community groups. Schools in Wales can find and download the same learning resources on Hwb by searching for ‘Chartism’.

Find out more about resources relating to Chartism below:

Chartism in Gwent

Chartist learning resources

The trial documents

Chartist evidence timeline

Chartist Sources at Gwent Archives

Places to visit

Glossary of terms

Useful websites