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Testament to Democracy: J. C. Wedgwood, British Politics and the struggle against Fascism, 1933-1943

November 22, 2018
School of Humanities, Keele University

Keele University
Keele ST5 5BG
United Kingdom

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The School of Humanities, Keele University, the History of Parliament Trust and the Remembering Eleanor Rathbone Group are holding a one-day academic conference on Thursday 22nd November 2018 at Keele University.

2018 is the 75th anniversary of the death of Josiah C. Wedgwood MP: the founder of the History of Parliament Trust, MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme (1906-1943) and a man who, although largely forgotten today, campaigned passionately for wide ranging causes including land tax reform, personal freedom and the future of the British Empire. The latter part of his campaigning career was dominated by the fight against Nazism and fascism in the 1930s and early 1940s, including the support of the Kindertransport rescue effort which evacuated thousands of predominantly Jewish children out of Nazi occupied Europe.

This year also marks the 80th anniversary of Neville Chamberlain's infamous Munich Agreement, which proved to be a turning point in British attitudes to Nazi Germany and Wedgwood’s determined campaign against appeasement placed him at the centre of this key debate in British politics.

This conference will explore Wedgwood's career and use it as the starting point to facilitate a discussion of the British political reaction to Fascism and anti-Semitism. We are also pleased to announce that the keynote address will be given by Dr Laura Beers of the University of Birmingham.

Draft programme will soon be available on the conference website:

The partners of the conference, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund will also be holding a free public lecture at Keele University on the evening of the 22nd November 2018 - free tickets available here: 

For all enquiries (including information about concessions) contact Sammy Sturgess at the History of Parliament Trust on

If you have any special dietary or access requirements please forward these to Sammy Sturgess ( asap once you've registered.

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November 18, 2018, 9:00am BST

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