Members of the London Socialist Historians Group, with our banner, on the 100,000-strong anti-war march in London on November 18th.
The LSHG issued this press release following the demonstration :
150 year history of official dissembling about protest numbers
The London Socialist Historians Group, sponsors of the socialist history seminar at the Institute of Historical Research in central London, have pointed out that there is an historical parallel for official underestimation of the numbers attending protests in the Capital stretching back 150 years.
At the Stop the War demonstration on 18th November, police estimated 15,000 had attended, while the organisers put the figure at 100,000. By an interesting coincidence 15,000 was also the number estimated as attending the Chartist protest at Kennington Common on Monday 10th April 1848 by the senior police officer in charge Richard Mayne. Chartist organisers argued that 100,000 plus had attended, and historians have tended to support this
estimate, by reference to photographs of the protest and other evidence.
London Socialist Historians Convenor Keith Flett said, Underestimating the numbers on demonstrations in order to downplay the significance of protests is one of the oldest tricks of authority in Britain. It is not the preserve of the paranoid or conspiracy theorists either. Historical investigation into the Chartist demonstration on April 10th 1848 shows that the process of the ‘official lie’ was first used then and is still current today
Planning meeting for next term
There will be a meeting on December 3rd to plan LSHG activities for the Lent term. For further details, and to suggest items for business, please contact the secretary.
The Autumn 2001 issue of the London Socialist Historians Newsletter can now be downloaded from the newsletter page.
Issue 11 of the Newsletter
Apologies to all those who have had difficulties downloading issue 11 of the Newsletter from the newsletter archive. This problem is now fixed.
New web site
Welcome to the new web site of the London Socialist Historians Group! It’s pretty much like the prevous one, except that we have a new address: http://www.LondonSocialistHistorians.org (upper case optional). Moving to our own domain will give us more opportunity to develop the web site in the future. But, for the moment, please remember to update your bookmarks and shortcuts.
One consequence of this is that we have changed our email addresses.
The officers’ addresses are:
Newsletter editorial: editor@LondonSocialistHistorians.org
Newsletter subscriptions: subscriptions@LondonSocialistHistorians.org
and for general enquiries (or when you don’t know the right person to contact): enquiries@LondonSocialistHistorians.org
One-day conference: 11th May 2002
The next one-day conference to be organised by the London Socialist Historians Group will engage with the growing anti-capitalist movement. The call for papers is published on the conference page.
Autumn 2001 seminar programme.
Details of the Autumn 2001 programme have now been published on the seminar page.