Chartist Demonstration tea towel
£11.00

Chartist Demonstration tea towel

Before women got the vote, men had to get it. In 1832, the Reform Act gave voting rights to the property-owning men in Britain, but the poor remained excluded. Many people wanted to go one step further, demanding universal male suffrage. These demands emerged in 1838 in the form of Chartism, a working class-movement which got its name from the People’s Charter. In its six main aims, it called for more equality and transparency in the electoral system, and the first four of these goals were eventually achieved.

It wasn’t an easy battle though, despite mass support and petitions which received millions of signatures, their demands were consistently rejected by parliament. This political gift features a poster advertising a mass meeting organised by Chartist leaders to put pressure once again on parliament. It took place on Kennington Common in 1848, accumulating a crowd of 150,000. Although its demands were rejected again, its legacy wasn’t, with reforms finally coming at the end of the 19th century. Chartism? It’s got our vote.

We’ve got more on the Chartist’s fight for democracy in our blog post here!

Specifications: Half Panama unbleached cotton (heavy weight, textured finish). Stitched on all four sides. Includes hanging loop. Measures approximately 48cm x 70cm. Machine wash at 40 degrees max. We recommend that before you use your tea towel for the first time you wash it at least once to soften up the material and make it more absorbent for drying dishes. Please note size can vary slightly.