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Captain Swing Riots

Bicentenary Commemoration

In the 1830s, the South of England was convulsed by rioting. Threatening letters signed ‘Captain Swing’ were sent to important figures, including the Duke of Wellington. Rioters were put on trial. Some were hanged and some transported to Australia. A series of events are planned to commemorate the bicentenary of Swing.

A launch event is being held on 16 September 2023 in the Castle at Winchester.

The Captain Swing Riots Re-view: Launch and Press event Tickets, Sat 16 Sep 2023 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Deptford (London)

Deptford is the starting point for Britain’s involvement in the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans. It is also a key location in the history of abolitionism. Helen is working with local community activists to set up an educational charity to help people understand this difficult history.

Helen is also preparing a self-guided walking tour for the National Maritime Museum about Greenwich’s historical links to enslavement and abolition.