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Robert Owen commemorative plaque unveiled by rdef

  Robert Owen commemorative plaque unveiled

 

Robert Owen commemorative plaque unveiled

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A Marchmont Association commemorative blue plaque was unveiled on Monday 5th September at the former home (from 1832 to 1840) of Robert Owen (1771-1858), father of the Co-operative Movement.

The plaque was jointly unveiled by the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Nadia Shah, Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, Professor Greg Claeys, the worlds foremost authority on Owen, and Iain Macdonald of New Lanark in Scotland, the utopian settlement established by Owen and now a World Heritage Centre. Other VIPs included Pat Brandwood, Curator of the Robert Owen Museum in Wales, where Owen was born, and Josephine Bacon and Glenn Barnham, both Co-operative Council Members. Eilleen Donnelly represented the Co-op Bank and Phil Turner the Co-operative Party. Peter Twist represented Camden's Tour Guides.

The Marchmont Association is grateful to One Housing for sponsoring this plaque and for permitting it to be installed on their beautiful house at 4 Burton Place, and to wallacespace for generously hosting the reception for our guests in their welcoming premises at 22 Duke's Road.

Our only disappointment was that Owen's great, great, great, great grandson, Owen Lewis, was unable to join us from New Harmony, Indiana, USA, although he hopes to visit London to see his famous ancestor's home later this year.

 

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