Inspired by the recently published book Radical Newcastle (2015), this exhibition charts the long history of ‘radicalism’ in Newcastle and the Hunter Region. From European incursion to more globally situated social, political and environmental protests, the lives of Novocastrians have been marked by opposition and change that has been enhanced by a responsive and ever-evolving community spirit.
The exhibition reveals many stories of protest and fighting back in a long tradition of political activism, from the early economy of the Hunter region supported by convict labour, to the coal mining industry that has been a focal point for Newcastle’s radicalism then as now.
Many other battles have been fought for transparency and reform, and the campaigns, whether violent or peaceful, draw attention to a widely shared vision of the region. RAD pays tribute to the region’s past and present-day radicals and their commitment to improving the lives of those around them, and the lives of those who will live in the future.
The Radical Newcastle project is an initiative of the University of Newcastle’s School of Humanities and Social Science and is supported by the University Library (Cultural Collections and Hunter Living Histories) and the University Gallery.