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Cartoon of Leek Urban District Council Elections, "Bravo Young Leek"

This drawing illustrates the elections race involving town councillors, where the younger man beats the older contestants. All of the men shown are real election candidates.

Cartoon study for the 'Mock Mayor' of Newcastle-under-Lyme

Oil on board depicting cartoon detail of images that were considered by the artist Robert William Buss for his final painting entitled The Mock Mayor. The townsfolk of Newcastle-under-Lyme elected ...

Cheshiremen! - A pro-reform election notice from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

At election time, tiresome political 'spin' is nothing new. Even in 1831, election candidates accused each other of the same, urging attention to facts only: Be on your guard - attend only to facts, ...

Coal Strike, March 1912. Coal Pickers at Florence Colliery, Longton, Stoke-On-Trent. Photographed by William Blake.

View of Florence Colliery, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. People scavenge for bits of coal during the coal strike of 1912. Named after the Duke of Sutherland's daughter, the pit was opened ...

Document from the Enoch Wood scrapbook - "Englishmen! Answer These Plain Questions."

One of the most keenly contested issues of the early 1830s was the proposed Reform Act. The Reform Act The politician Earl Grey wanted to re-jig the parliamentary system to make sure that growing ...

Document from the Enoch Wood scrapbook - For bringing about a General Peace

Terminating a war fatal to the true interests of our country In 1813 Great Britain was in the midst of war with France and the US. The effects on trade were catastrophic. The workers and manufacturers ...

Election Campaign, Eccleshall,

Election candidate Mr Twyford in the Assembly Rooms next to the Royal Oak Inn on High Street. The site is now a yard.

Elections - Document from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

312 electors from Stoke-on-Trent here declare that they wish to ask "certain political questions" of their would-be Members of Parliament - and all of them are listed. A meeting is to take place on ...

Ever Memorable Battle Off Cape Trafalgar : 21 October 1805 - document from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

Celebrating Victory Illustration and article celebrating British victory over Spain and France at the Battle of Trafalgar. Published by Robert Laurie and James Whittle on December 12th 1805, the ...

Fanny Deakin and A J Cook, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Fanny Deakin is pictured here A J Cook, trade unionist and miners' leader. This photograph may well have been taken during the General Strike of 1926, when they led a march of 200 or 300 miners through ...

First day of polling in Newcastle-under-Lyme - 1831 election notice from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

After a day of voting in Newcastle-under Lyme's 1831 elections, the standing was as follows: E. Peel - 309 votes; W.H. Miller - 204 votes; J. Wedgwood - 151 votes. This notice was collected ...

Freedom of Election - Notice from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

Two hundred years ago, elections were far from democratic. In 1812, a number of Newcastle-under-Lyme's voters were put out of work after voicing their support for Independent candidate Sir John Fenton ...

George Ambrose Lloyd, M.P. for West Staffordshire

This postcard was published to celebrate the election of George Ambrose Lloyd as the Liberal Unionist M.P. for the West Staffordshire Constituency in 1910. At the time West Staffordshire had 21 electoral ...

Grand Musical Tory Concert - Election caricatures from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

This notice sends up an imaginary concert staged by an 'aristocratic' political party of 1812, caricatured here as the 'Tory Humbug.' At this time, Members of Parliament had to own property worth at ...

Grand Theatrical Olio - Political satire from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

Wit and satire were a common feature of 19th century local politics, and of course, politicians made easy targets. Lord John Russellass - Transformist? This notice imagines a fictional 'Grand Theatrical ...

Handbill advertising Russian Revolution memorial meeting

This handbill was distributed in Hanley giving notice of a meeting in the Temperance hall to celebrate the Russian Revolution

His Majesty's Speech on the Reform Bill - A pamphlet from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

The Reform Bill was a momentous occasion in local and national politics. A momentous occasion All over the country, so-called 'rotten boroughs' were abolished. These were rural areas that returned ...

HMS Shannon captures the USS Chesapeake - News of a "glorious victory" from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

Although this notice proclaims a "glorious victory" for Captain Broke of the HMS Shannon, some battles were far from over. The War of 1812 During 1812-3, Britain and the United States began official ...