Francis Jones explores the life and work of Robert Owen, the Welsh businessman, philanthropist and social reformer who was born in Newtown, 250 years ago. Hailed as the father of the cooperative movement, and often as ‘the first socialist’, Owen was responsible for the huge advancements in working conditions and education that led to radical […]
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Robert Owen and the architect Joseph Hansom : An unlikely form of co-operation New book by Penelope Harris. Available for sale in the online shop. We have added a second product for sale in our online shop today. ‘Robert Owen and the architect Joseph Hansom – An unlikely form of co-operation’ Llyfr newydd gan Penelope […]
BBC – Victorian Scotland – Robert Owen A short animated film about philanthropist and social reformer, Robert Owen.
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.
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 […]
Robert Owen was born on 14th May in 1771, at No.2 Broad Street, Newtown, in Powys Mid Wales. Regarded as Father of the Cooperative Movement and Trade Unions, he was one of the greatest social reformers of his time and of international significance. His work is of great importance and he was a philanthropist of […]
Robert Owen was born in 1771. At 10, he was sent to London to be apprenticed as a draper and by his early twenties he was a successful manager in the mills of Manchester. The working conditions there appalled him. He believed character was formed by experience and that the dreadful environment of child workers […]