North East Labour History Society and Tyneside Irish Cultural Society present:

Radicalism Or Fadicalism? The 19th Century Vegetarian Movement In North-East England with Liz O’Donnell

Tyneside Irish Centre, 43 Gallowgate Street, Newcastle NE1 4SG, and also on Zoom.

Monday 8 July — 19.00 – 20.30

What do Pythagoras, Shelley, Keir Hardie, Gandhi, Einstein and Hitler have in common? Was the 19th century vegetarian movement inherently radical, challenging established political and cultural structures, or simply a promoter of a joyless, puritanical way of life, designed to drive down wages for working people? Were vegetarians harmless enthusiasts or a danger to British national identity?

Inspired by the discovery that Newcastle had two vegetarian restaurants in the late 19th century, Liz (herself a vegetarian of over 40 years), has been exploring the movement both nationally and locally. The research underpinning this talk is definitely a work in progress and Liz will welcome debate around the topic.

If you cannot be there in person this is a hybrid meeting. Contact Rosie on 0191 261 0385 or at to get a link!

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