Category: Robert Owen

About Robert Owen

250th events

Read more about the life of Robert Owen here.  Robert Owen in 300 words. Celebrating 250 years Robert Owen Memorial Museum had planned larger events for Robert Owen’s 250th Birthday on Friday 14th May 2021, but sadly, due to the world pandemic and Government lockdown restrictions, some of these have now been scaled down in […]

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Celebrating RO250th with Iolo Williams

Newtown & Llanllwchaiarn Town Council and Robert Owen Memorial Museum have released a short film to commemorate Robert Owen’s 250th birthday, which includes speeches from Newtown dignitaries; including a famous naturalist, Iolo Williams and ROMM staff, about the significance of Robert Owen’s life and legacy and why we are celebrating particularly the date of his […]

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Overview of the life of Robert Owen

“By my own experience and reflection I had ascertained that human nature is radically good, and is capable of being trained, educated and placed from birth in such manner, that all ultimately (that is as soon as the gross errors and corruptions of the present false and wicked system are overcome and destroyed) must become […]

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Robert Owen in 300 words

Robert Owen, Britain’s first “Socialist”, was born in Newtown in 1771, over his father’s saddler’s shop in Broad Street. Robert was a bright and athletic child. At the age of ten, he insisted on leaving home, and was apprenticed to a draper’s in Stamford. After five years, he moved to a draper’s in Manchester, and […]

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Robert Owen and slavery

Our curator, Colin Laker, has written a new short essay on Robert Owen and slavery. We have now added it to all the articles and writings about Robert Owen on the main menu, and linked to here. We hope you will enjoy reading this new article added to the website today.

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Ways we remember him

Ways we remember him March along the streets of Newtown

The people of Newtown have gathered and celebrated the birthday of Robert Owen on 14th May in many ways over the years. Cakes have been baked and eaten. Children have marched down the streets of Newtown and danced around his statue. Speeches have been made. Music has been played. Old and young people have met […]

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Robert Owen and the Co-op

Robert Owen is known around the world and the Robert Owen Museum is dedicated to making known the continuing impact of his ideas today. The Co-operative Society been committed, through the years, to maintaining the memory of Owen in Newtown, giving grants to keep the museum going. Over time, these grants have reduced in size, […]

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Early life of Robert Owen

From ‘The Life of Robert Owen’, written by himself’ (1857) Recollections of my Early Life [1771 – 1786] 1 As it appears in the family great Bible, I was born in Newtown, Montgomeryshire, North Wales, on the 14th of May 1771. My father was Robert Owen. He was born in Welshpool, and was brought up […]

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