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Stephen Roberts sadly died in July 2022. He held honorary positions as an Associate Professor and Fellow at, respectively, the Australian National University and the University of Birmingham. He was a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and for a time reviews editor for The Local Historian. He  wrote extensively about Chartism, including Images of Chartism (Merlin Press, 1998;with D. Thompson); The Chartist Prisoners: The Radical Lives of Thomas Cooper and Arthur O’Neill (Peter Lang, 2008) and The Dignity of Chartism: Essays by Dorothy Thompson (Verso, 2015). In addition to documenting the local history of Sutton, he was also the author of twelve short books about Victorian Birmingham – for more information about these please see below.

Stephen Roberts in the doorway of Midland Lodge where the famous Vesey Club met

Stephen alongside an oak tree planted to mark the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in July 1887

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