From John Rees, news of an exciting new organisation to popularise the history of the civil war:
We have had a very positive response to the call for sponsors, as you can see from the expanded list below. If you are able to circulate the call to any friends or colleagues, or on any lists to which you may have access, before the planning meeting on May 22nd, that would be very helpful.
Many who have responded have offered to run adverts for the Levellers Association in journals, to write for the website and to organise events…so please do feel free to make suggestions to add to these before we discuss our future plans at the meeting on the 22nd.
Thanks for your support,
Call for sponsors of a Levellers Association
We are currently organising the launch of a Levellers Association which would aim to popularise the history and heritage of the Levellers and other radicals in the English Revolution. It would seek to involve students, researchers and academics with amateur historians, 17th century re-enactors, publishers, artists, battlefield preservation societies, trade unionists, and campaigners who want to deepen our knowledge of the English Revolution. The project is at an early stage but current sponsors include:Tony Benn,
Jeremy Corbyn MP,
Geoffrey Robertson QC, author of The Tyrannicide Brief
Jim Holstun, author of Ehud’s Dagger
Ann Hughes, Professor of Early Modern History at Keele University
Neil Faulkner, editor of Military Times
Andrew Murray, Director of Communications for Unite the Union
Dr John Gurney, Visiting Fellow Newcastle University
Caryl Churchill, playwright
Rev. Hammer, songwriter
Dr Rachel Foxley, University of Reading
Philip Baker, Senior Research Officer at the Centre for Metropolitan History
Dr Ariel Hessayon, Goldsmiths, University of London
John Westmoreland, Head of History, York College
Lindsey German, national convenor, Stop the War Coalition
Dr Geoff Kennedy, University of Ulster Marcus Rediker, University of Pittsburgh, co-author (with Peter Linebaugh), The Many-Headed Hydra Joel Kovel, Editor in Chief, Capitalism Nature Socialism Dr Pete Woodcock, University of HuddersfieldNorah Carlin, author of The Causes of the English Revolution The Socialist History Society Dominic Alexander, books editor, Counterfire magazine Rowan Wilson, Sales and Marketing Director, Verso Books
This letter is being circulated on history, academic, trade union and activists lists in the hope of widening he sponsorship base of the project. Please do let us know if you would like to become a sponsor of the Levellers Association.
We are aiming to hold an initial organising meeting on Saturday 22nd May, at 1pm in Room B104, the School of Oriental and African Studies Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG (nearest tube Russell Square). If you would like to attend or if you have any ideas that you would like discussed at the meeting please do let us know.
Please respond to this email address: email@example.com
We hope that people can help us establish a website, newsletter, conferences, education packs, publications, artistic events and so on…but there is absolutely no obligation on individual sponsors to do any of this.
Thanks for taking the time to look at this.
John Rees, Goldsmiths College
Ben Craggs, Goldsmiths College
Tehmeena Bax, Queen Mary College
See Verso’s collection of the Putney Debates and Leveller writings here.
Also, the Arcola Theatre in Hackney, London will be putting on a production of Caryl Churchill’s excellent play on the Civil War, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire in July. Further news of events around the production to come…