Riches and Rebellion at Tredegar House - ongoing until end of March 2020
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Please note: this event is organised exclusively by the National Trust. Any queries should be directed accordingly. More info and booking available at National Trust event booking page here. This event is cheduled to run until end of March 2020
The Newport Rising and the Morgans
On 4 November 1839, 10,000 Chartists mobilised and marched towards Newport to show strength of support for political reform, the release of Chartist prisoners and their determination to have the People’s Charter accepted. More than 5,000 marchers reached the Westgate Hotel in central Newport, where the 45th Foot Regiment were ready and waiting for them.
What ensued was one of the most violent and deadly events in the movement for political reform.
Riches and Rebellion
Riches and Rebellion will explore the Morgans’ role in the uprising, the surveillance of their tenants and Octavius Morgan’s passion for collection and curation.
The New Parlour and Side Hall will host a new exhibition on the ground floor of the mansion house. Discover the main players of the story and appreciate the resolve of the Chartists through John Frost’s impassioned letters to Sir Charles, Chartist posters and the trial documents, some of which are out on display to the public for the first time.
See some of those items collected by Octavius, including a copy of a letter implying the real purpose of the Rising and one of the pistols found on John Frost at the time of his arrest the day after the Rising. How or why Octavius obtained these things can only be speculated.
Continue onto the state rooms and bedrooms to reflect on the contrasting lives of the Morgans and their workers. Discover the use of surveillance to exercise control while visiting the Master’s Bedchamber and adjoining Cedar Closet and consider the political landscape 100 years after the Rising at the time of Evan and Olga.
Please note: this event is organised exclusively by the National Trust. Any queries should be directed accordingly. More info and booking available at National Trust event booking page here.