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Rev. Hammer's Levellers Song Cycle now uploaded.



View our Media section for a fantastic song cycle by Rev. Hammer. With four live songs, Bonny Besses, Commons of England, Seventeen Years of Sorrow and Burford Stomp, the Free Born John Youtube Channel provides a musical taste of the history of the Levellers. Watch now.

Lilburne 400 Conference - 14th March, 2015, 11am - 9pm

Celebrate the 400th anniversary of John Lilburne's birth, his achievements and his Leveller legacy. Get your tickets here.

A Gala night for Light Shining in Buckinghamshire - 21st July, 6.30pm

This special Gala night is to raise funds to allow this remarkable production of Caryl Churchill's English Revolution play to go ahead. For your money you not only get a ticket to the play but also to participate in the author Kate Mosse's interview with Tony Benn, hear about the Levellers from Geoffrey Robertson QC (who wrote the introduction to the Verso collection of Leveller writings) and to hear Billy Bragg in word and song! Plus there is free food and drink!

Call for sponsors

We are currently organising the launch of a Levellers Association which would aim to popularise the history and heritage of the Levellers and other radicals in the English Revolution. It would seek to involve students, researchers and academics with amateur historians, 17th century re-enactors, publishers, artists, battlefield preservation societies, trade unionists, and campaigners who want to deepen our knowledge of the English Revolution.

The project is at an early stage but current sponsors include:

Tony Benn,
Jeremy Corbyn MP,
Geoffrey Robertson QC (author of The Tyrannicide Brief),
Jim Holstun (author of Ehud's Dagger),
Ann Hughes (Professor of Early Modern History at Keele University),
Neil Faulkner (editor of Military Times),
Andrew Murray (Director of Communications for Unite the Union),
Dr John Gurney (Visiting Fellow, Newcastle University),
Billy Bragg (singer/songwriter),
Caryl Churchill (playwright),
Rev. Hammer (songwriter),
Dr Rachel Foxley (University of Reading),
Philip Baker (Senior Research Officer at the Centre for Metropolitan History),
Dr Ariel Hessayon (Goldsmiths, University of London).

This letter is being circulated on history, academic, trade union and activists lists in the hope of widening he sponsorship base of the project. Please do let us know if you would like to become a sponsor of the Levellers Association.

We are aiming to hold an initial organising meeting on Saturday 22nd May, at 1pm in Room B104, the School of Oriental and African Studies Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG (nearest tube Russell Square). If you would like to attend or if you have any ideas that you would like discussed at the meeting please do let us know: info@theleveller.org.uk We hope that people can help us establish a website, newsletter, conferences, education packs, publications, artistic events and so on...but there is absolutely no obligation on individual sponsors to do any of this.

Thanks for taking the time to look at this.

Best wishes,
John Rees (Goldsmiths College, University of London)
Ben Craggs (Goldsmiths College, University of London)
Tehmeena Bax (Queen Mary College, University of London)