Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Peterloo to the Pankhursts: Radicalism and Reform in the 19th Century

Royal Holloway, University of London and People's History Museum

'Peterloo to the Pankhursts' explored the history of radicalism and reform in the nineteenth century, from the after effects of the French Revolution and Industrialisation to the emergence of the Labour Party and the campaign for Votes for Women.

4 weeks, 5 hours per week


Dr Matthew Smith

Senior Fellow in Public History

Royal Holloway, University of London

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Learning outcomes

  • Improve your understanding of key milestones in the extension of citizens rights and representation in the nineteenth century.
  • Explore the origins and path of the course of Parliamentary reform from the impact of the American and French Revolutions to the First World War.
  • Reflect upon and debate the role of popular protest in effecting political change.
  • Improve your understanding of the development of workers' rights and the emergence of modern trade unionism and the Labour Party.
  • Compare the responses of the Liberal and Conservative parties to calls for universal suffrage and the emergence of mass politics.


Each week will have a thematic focus:

  • Revolutions. Week one explores how revolutions in political thought; in agriculture and industry; and America and France led to increasing calls for the reform of Parliament, culminating in the Peterloo Massacre of 1819.
  • Reform. Week two examines key moments, movements and figures associated with reform in the first half of the nineteenth century, including Catholic Emancipation; the Great Reform Act and Chartism; the abolition of slavery; the Poor Law Amendment Act and the Repeal of the Corn Laws.
  • Workers: Week three charts the emergence of trade unionism, British responses to and variations of socialism and the establishment and early electoral fortunes of the Labour Party.
  • Voters: The course concludes with an exploration of when, how and why the vote was extended by Reform Acts in the second half of the nineteenth century, examining the role of both popular campaigns and political calculation. This week culminates with the emergence of mass politics and calls for universal male and (limited) women’s suffrage at the turn of the century.

Issued on 3rd March 2020

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Peterloo to the Pankhursts: Radicalism and Reform in the 19th Century

Royal Holloway, University of London