37th Annual LEVELLERS DAY 2011
- Burford, Oxfordshire, Saturday 14 May
RADICAL HISTORY INSPIRES TODAY
- SPEECHES, QUESTIONS AND DEBATE, PROCESSION AND CEREMONY, MUSIC AND SONG
('Burford is, of course, in David Cameron's constituency....I suspect the procession will be a bit larger this year').
WE’RE TALKING ABOUT JOBS!
THE FUTURE OF EMPLOYMENT
PAUL MASON, BBC Newsnight Economics Editor
BARBARA HARRIS-WHITE, Professor of Development Studies, Oxford
BILLY HAYES, General Secretary, CWU
with songs from
ANNE LISTER and more
THE STORY BEHIND LEVELLERS DAY
The Levellers were a political movement during
the period of the English Civil War. They were ahead
of their time, with beliefs in democracy, religious
tolerance, and social justice. Levellers Day
commemorates a stand against dictatorship by
Leveller soldiers in 1649 and its suppression by
Cromwell. Over three hundred soldiers were locked
up in Burford church; three were executed as ring
leaders and buried in unmarked graves in the
churchyard. A plaque commemorating them was
placed on the church wall in 1979.
The words ANTHONY SEDLEY 1649 PRISNER
scratched on the font of Burford church by one of the
imprisoned soldiers, can still be seen.
Levellers Day was initiated by the Oxford Industrial
Branch of the WEA in 1975 to remember the
Levellers and their ideals and to update and relate
these to our own time through debate, entertainment
and any other way that makes the subject matter
inspiring, educational and enjoyable.
It’s held on the Saturday nearest to 17th May.
need to get there early on a Saturday.
Buses to Burford:
Stagecoach Oxford: 01865 772250
Swanbrook: 01452 712386
Whole day: £12/£8 concessions
After 1pm: £7.50/£5 concessions
Under 14s free
Tickets available online from
www.wegottickets.com or at the door.
See www.levellers.org.uk for more details.
Levellers Day is also on facebook and twitter
Film showing: The White Ribbon
1 hour ago