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Event will celebrate the life of Robert Owen

Created on 08/05/2018 @ 17:27
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A celebration is to be held for the life of one of Newtown's famous sons.

Social reformer Robert Owen, who was born and died in Newtown, was described in a 2011 book by Chris Williams and Noel Thompson as “a creative genius of global significance, a radical writer and activist of international reputation...who has inspired those seeking to change human society for the better.”

Owen, a textile manufacturer, helped establish the Co-Operative movement that led to better working conditions for people in the UK. His mills were basedd in Lanarkshire.

He was born in Newtown in 1771 and died in the town in 1858.

Newtown Branch of the Labour Party has created an event on 12 May to celebrate the life and writings of Robert Owen and to look at his relevance today.

"The event is a real mix of commemoration, a walk round Robert Owen’s Newtown which is followed by an exhibition and discussion. We are very pleased that Joyce Watson AM will be speaking at the event," said a spokesperson.

The event will start at 11am, meeting at at Robert Owen’s Tomb in the St Mary’s Churchyard in Newtown for the laying of a wreath.

This will be followed by a walk around the Robert Owen Musuem at The Cross at 11.15am, followed by a discussion, exhibition and light refreshments in the Crescent Christian Centre, Milford Road, Newtown.

"Robert Owen provided the intellectual arguments for and the practical example of the provision of decent housing, education, childcare provision, introduced an 8 hour working day and argued for a better life for all through co-operation," added a spokesperson.

Photo: St Mary's Churchyard where Robert Owens tomb is located

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