Professor Malcolm Chase

Professor Malcolm Chase

Professor of Social History

+44 (0)113 34 33183

Summary: Professor of Social History

Location: Michael Sadler Building, 3.09

Teaching Commitments: HIST1055 Historiography & Historical Skills; HIST2121 Fraternity, Skill & the Politics of Labour, 1660-1870; HIST3300 Chartism; HIST3470 Memories

Wider Community: outreach and broadcasting

 Recent outreach activity includes

  • Kennington Common, Chartism and 1848 (St Mark's Church, Kennington, April 2018)

  • Newport Chartist Convention (John Frost High School, Newport, November 2016)

  • 'The Yorkshire Rising of 1820' (Barnsley Trades Council centenary celebrations, October 2016)

  • 'Mark Hovell' (Manchester Histories Festival, July 2016)

  • Alfred Mattison of Leeds: Socialist and Historian (Leeds Central Library, January 2016)

  • 'Heartbreak Hill: Unemployment in East Cleveland between the wars (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, January 2016)

  • 'Chartism' (Historical Association, York Branch, January 2016)

  • Friends of the Earth, Big Ideas Project, Histories of Campaigning: see project blog

  • 'Winning Friends and Influencing People – A History of the Self Help Book' (Ilkley Literary Festival, October 2015)

  • 'What did the Chartists petition for?' (Festival of Freedoms, Houses of Parliament, September 2016)

  • 'From Waterloo to Peterloo and its aftermath: a West Yorkshire perspective' (Thoresby Society, Leeds, September 2015)

  • 'What did the Chartists petition for?' (International Commission for the History of Parliamentary & Representative Institutions, 66th Annual conference, Westminster, June 2015)

  • Runnymede Trust Conference marking the anniversaries of Magna Carta and the 1965 Race Relations Act (July 2015) - see the Trust’s on-line publication How Far Have We Come?

  • 'York Castle and its political prisoners: the Luddites in a broader context' (The Annual Luddite Memorial Lecture, Huddersfield, April 2015)

  • 'From Waterloo to Peterloo and its aftermath: a Yorkshire perspective' (Historical Association, Sheffield Branch, February 2015; Yorkshire Archaeological Society, June 2015)

  • ‘Brothers under Oppression’: Chartists and the Canadian Rebellions of 1837-38' (keynote lecture, Newport Chartist Convention, 1 November 2014) 

  • 'Chartism, Democracy and Marx and Engels' (Public lecture, Marx Memorial Library, 14 October 2014) 

  • The People’s Charter of 1838: the Chartist legacy for parliamentary democracy: lecture at the Houses of Parliament for the All Party Parliamentary Group on History & Archives – during 2013 I worked closely with the Group on the commemoration of Chartism within Parliament. See the House of Commons Early Day Motion on Chartism  and Parliament’s on-line exhibition on Chartism.   

Media and broadcasting 

I have contributed to many broadcasts on aspects of Chartism and other radical movements. Highlights include  

  • 'The Real Mill with Tony Robinson' for More4 (2014)
  • ITV1’s 2013 series ‘Britain’s Secret Houses’ on the Chartist Land Plan

  • BBC Radio 4 broadcasts, on William Cuffay (2010), Guerilla Gardeners (2010), the Diggers (2014), Thomas Spence (2014) and Chartism (2018) 

  • Australian Broadcasting Company’s ‘The Isle of Denial’ (2011) on William Cuffay. Cuffay was a London trade unionist and Chartist, of West Indian slave descent, who was transported to Australia in 1849.

  • BBC 1's Who Do You Think You Are? Jeremy Irons (2006)