The Chartists, as they came to be known, were the first national mass working-class movement. In the decade that followed, they collected six million signatures for their Petitions to Parliament: all were rejected, but their campaign had a significant and lasting impact.
Visiting Fellow in History at Newcastle University and Chair of the Society for the Study of Labour History
Professor of Modern British History at the University of East Anglia and President of the Royal Historical Society
Reader in Modern British History at Queen Mary, University of London.
The image above shows a Chartist mass meeting on Kennington Common in London in April 1848.