Saturday, March 29, 2008

150th anniversary of the death of Robert Owen


2008 marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Robert Owen of Newtown. Robert Owen is considered to be the 'father' of the Co-operative Movement and one of the most famous Welshmen of his time. His legacy is still relevant today and continues to have a great impact on the world.

At the time of the Industrial Revolution, Robert Owen was addressing issues such as education, unemployment, poverty, and the environment. Society may be more complex now, but finding solutions to these economic and social concerns are just as important today.

This online exhibition explores the relevance of his ideas and actions to current issues in society including co-operation, lifelong learning, social justice and fair trade. It accompanies the physical exhibition which will be touring throughout Wales in 2008.

The Robert Owen Network has organised a series of events to mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Robert Owen. Click here to find out more about the events taking place.

In 1929, a bust of Robert Owen was unveiled at the International Labour Office in Geneva. An organisation still based on the "premise that universal, lasting peace can be established only if it is based upon decent treatment of working people", the bust was a gift from the people of Wales - a "memorial to one of her most illustrious sons."

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