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Manchester Soldier, Manchester Historian

Exploring the Life and Legacy of Mark Hovell

9 June 2016

9 June 2016, Manchester Soldier, Manchester Historian: Exploring the Life and Legacy of Mark Hovell @ People's History Museum

Time 15:00 - 17:00

Duration 2 hours

Cost In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £3

Mark Hovell died in the trenches in 1916 aged only 28.  He was a historian who left behind a manuscript that, when published, transformed our understanding of key moments in Britain’s political history.

Hovell was born in Manchester in 1888, and had been a student and later a lecturer at the University of Manchester specialising in 19th century history.  He had almost completed a book on the history of Chartism when he was called to the front line in France in July 1916.  Before leaving for France, he entrusted his manuscript to his friend and mentor, Professor Thomas Tout, with the request that, should anything happen to him, Tout would see the book through to publication.  Hovell died one month later while rescuing his men from the fumes of a mine explosion.  His manuscript was completed by Tout, who had it published, as The Chartist Movement, in 1918.

Hovell’s work was a pioneering study that contributed enormously to the wider study of 19th century political and social history.  Organised as part of the University of Manchester’s First World War events, this event will mark the centenary of Hovell’s death and serve as an opportunity to reflect on the life, work and legacy of this forgotten Manchester born scholar and soldier.First World War Centenary, Led By IWM

Part of Manchester Histories Festival 2016.  Part of the First World War Centenary Programme.

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  • Please note event attendees must arrive at least ten minutes before the start time of the event, otherwise their booked space will be given to someone on the reserve list
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