7:30 pm19:30

Alice Wheeldon: convicted of conspiracy to murder Lloyd George - 100 years on… can we clear her name?

To be held at the News from Nowhere* Club - Epicentre, West Street, Leytonstone E11 4LJ (LONDON)

7.30pm (buffet, bring something)

8.00pm Talk & discussion till 10pm & back to buffet

Speaker : Chloë Mason

100 years ago, Alice Wheeldon, Winnie and Alf Mason were imprisoned amidst international publicity that had made them instant “tabloid villains” since their arrest in January 1917. They had been set-up by undercover agents, posing as Conscientious Objectors. The family argued that the murder plan was fabricated. 

The family’s fate was used to intimidate others striving to avoid/stop war and to bring about a better world based on peace and social justice. This compelling story, a “spy story”, is one of tragedy, courage and hope.

Chloë, one of Alice Wheeldon's great grand-daughters , will discuss the campaign to clear their names.

*        ‘Fellowship is life and the lack of fellowship is death.’ – William Morris, 1887

Mar 12

International Women's Day Festival - Derby

"Scratching the Surface" A workshop conducted by Deirdre Mason, one of Alice Wheeldon's great granddaughters, marking the centenary of the conviction of Alice Wheeldon, Win Mason and Alf Mason, of charges trumped up by MI5.

At the Quad, Derby Market Place DE1 3 Derby 




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Vigil - Royal Courts of Justice, London
12:00 pm12:00

Vigil - Royal Courts of Justice, London

This vigil, organised by the Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), will mark the centenary of the conviction of Alice Wheeldon, her daughter Winnie Mason and Winnie's husband Alf Mason, on trumped up charges of conspiracy to kill the Prime Minister Lloyd George. This vigil is part of a wider campaign to CLEAR THEIR NAMES.

12:00 pm12:00

March4Women - The Scoop, Southbank London


Join CARE’s annual celebration to mark International Women’s Day. Kick-starting a month of action for a more equal world, it’s a great way for everyone to come together, show your support and be inspired to help make 2017 a positive year for gender equality.


12pm. Sunday 5th March. The Scoop. Southbank. London.

#March4Women is for anyone who wants to see a more equal world – women, girls, men, boys, and people of all genders – so please spread the word and bring your family, friends and colleagues too.

Mar 20

Legacies of War Conference - Leeds

This conference will consider and debate the various forms and expressions of resistance to the First World War within and across national contexts.  It will coincide with the introduction of conscription in Britain, but will explore national, international and transnational aspects of resistance to the First World War.

For more information click here

2:00 pm14:00

Working Class Movement Library, Salford Manchester

This is an event to support the exhibition.

Talk by Chloe Mason.

In 1917 socialist, feminist and anti-war activist, Alice Wheeldon, her daughter and husband were given long prison sentences, on flimsy evidence, for supposedly plotting to kill Prime Minister Lloyd George and Arthur Henderson, leader of the Labour Party. Chloe Mason, Alice’s great-granddaughter, will speak about the campaign to have the case recognised as a miscarriage of justice.

This talk is part of the Invisible Histories series - admission is free, with light refreshments after.

For more click here

Mar 6

Derby International Women's Day Festival

To be held at the Derby Marketplace

Chloë Mason, a great-granddaughter of Derby Suffragist Alice Wheeldon, will hold a workshop and show some photos and discuss the question ‘What inspiration can we draw from our Derby women’s history?’

For more information on the festival click here.

The World is My Country
Nov 13

The World is My Country

  • Torriano Meeting House

An exhibition of people's history posters by Emily Johns

Opponents of the First World War from around the world will be celebrated in a five-day art and poetry exhibition at the Torriano Meeting House in Kentish Town next week. The event features the acclaimed art work of Camden-born artist Emily Johns , and will be accompanied by a free talk at the same venue at 7pm on Thursday 12 November.

The exhibition, which runs daily 11am – 4pm from Monday 9 November to Friday 13 November, consists of ten ‘people’s history’ art posters by Emily Johns, and eight poem / song posters by a variety of poets and songwriters including Anna Robinson, Alan Brownjohn, Dan Kennedy, Krysia Mansfield and the winner of the Welsh bardic Chair and Crown, Mererid Hopwood.

Stories featured in the posters include:

  • the Maori princess who led the war’s most effective act of collective resistance;
  • the Lancashire mid-wife who confronted a 15,000-strong pro-war mob to demand peace negotiations;
  • the Hungarian feminist whose whirlwind of anti-war activity helped to keep the small neutral countries out of the war; and
  • the German soldiers who disobeyed orders to expose the Armenian genocide.

Emily Johns said: “The British government and military have been trying to use the First World War centenary to push the idea that military heroism whilst obeying orders is a uniquely noble form of self-sacrifice. It is therefore especially important to reclaim the histories of those, on all sides and none – and including both soldiers and conscientious objectors – who opposed the senseless carnage of the First World War and instead campaigned for peace.”



Sep 29

Another Alice Walk

Led by Chloë Mason and leaving from the Derby Guildhall.


For more information click here.

Sep 16

"Friends of Alice Wheeldon" - A book signing event

4pm-5pm Sheila Rowbotham will sign her book with Chloë Mason (Great grand-daughter of Alice Wheeldon)at Waterstones Bookshop, Derby St, Peters, Derby Derbyshire

After, gather for a meal then meet at Old Bell Inn. (at least £2.00 donation each person).

Details click here

May 17

Peace Pledge Union Open Day

The Open Day is to launch a new public exhibition Refusing to Kill, a new website Remembering the Men Who Said No and an interactive map about conscientious objection in World War One. This is part of a project to introduce more challenging views about the First World War. Here you can also get the accurate facts, the stories of the men and women who challenged the state in time of war and meet the people behind this project. The site will be developed as a teaching resource in the future.

12:00 pm12:00

International Conscientious Objectors' Day London

To be held from 12pm at Tavistock Square London WC1

Around the world campaigners will be remembering the generations who refused to go to war, and raising awareness of the many who continue to be persecuted and imprisoned for refusing to kill and be part of military structures.

For more information click here.

1:30 pm13:30

Alice Wheeldon Walk and Bicycle Ride

Please join the Derby Cycling Group at this celebration event. Cyclists should arrive at Nottingham Road Cemetery, Chaddesden, 13.30 for departure at 14.00.This is a guided cycle and you are requested to follow the directions of the group leader, so that everyone enjoys a safe, comfortable ride together. 

The ride is intended to arrive in Normanton, at the location of the blue plaque, dedicated to Alice – and here we intend to coincide with those who have chosen to undertake the walking tour.

For more information click here.

Oct 3

Celebrating Alice Wheeldon: 2 October, London

An evening celebrating the anti-war activists of 1914-1918 with pictures, poetry, song and talks.

Free! All welcome.

7.30 – 9.30pm, Thursday 2 October 2014

Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, London NW5 2RX (tube: Kentish Town)

For more about the event click here and for Anna Robinson's poem click here