At the GRCC meeting of Gloucestershire local history societies organised by the GLHC at St Thomas Rich’s School in Gloucester on October 2nd 2010, Fairford History Society were very pleased to win the award for the best local history display.
The topic of the meeting was ‘A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work’ and the three speakers covered topics ranging from weavers’ attempts to maintain wages in Stroud, miners’ riots in the Forest of Dean, the Swing Riots throughout the county and the Chartists and the Chartist Land Company in Gloucestershire .
FHS’s display concentrated on the Swing Riots in Fairford in 1830 when groups of agricultural workers smashed machines at three sites in the town and four of the rioters were sentenced to transportation to Tasmania. The display was commended for portraying the events in Fairford in the wider social context of the time.
Photos with the kind permission of Geoff North.