General History Notes – 1

London Socialist Historians Group Newsletter

The Summer issue contains:

Keith Flett on keeping Tony Benn’s legacy alive

Book reviews: Steve Mann’s Book Sadism, Songs and Stolen Liberty (Createspace Independent Publishing Platform); the Verso 1985 book The Unknown Army, by Douglas Gill and Gloden Dallas, published by Verso in 1985, which gives the voices of FWW private soldiers and covers the army revolts; David Burke’s The Lawn Road Flats. Spies, Writers and Artists (Boydell Press); and Ian Birchall’s Tony Cliff: A Marxist for his time (Bookmarks).

Report of Workers’ Internationalism before 1914 International Conference

Contact for LSHG:; 07803 167266. LSHG c/o Keith Flett, 38 Mitchley Road, London N17 9HG.

Britain at Work May/June Newsletter

Contains tributes to Tony Benn, Mike Abbott and Bob Crow who were dedicated to defending the rights of workers and speaking out against wider social inequalities. Labour MP John McDonnell speaks about the inspiration the miners strike continues to have on workers uniting to defend their rights regardless of how the media and the right portray those events of 30 years ago. If you or anyone you know would like to be interviewed for the Britain at Work London project please email for more information.

BSECS Annual Conference: ‘Riots, Rebellions and Revolutions’ 2015

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies invites proposals for papers and sessions dealing with any aspect of the long eighteenth century, not only in Britain, but also throughout Europe, North America, and the wider world. Proposals are invited for fully comprised panels of three papers, for roundtable sessions of up to five speakers, for individual papers of twenty minutes duration, and for ‘alternative format’ sessions of your devising. Proposals on all and any eighteenth-century topics are very welcome. The plenary speakers at the conference will be addressing the topic of ‘Riots, Rebellions and Revolutions’ and proposals are also invited which address any aspect of this theme. All enquiries regarding the academic programme of the conference should be addressed to the academic programme co-ordinator, Dr Corinna Wagner To submit a proposal, please visit our website at where the proposal system will be available shortly.

Deadline: 20 October 2014. The Conference will take place 6-8 January 6 at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Historical Reputations: Disappearing From History

Penny Corfield’s Blog:

  1. Historical Reputations Through Time at

May. Historical Reputations: Disappearing From History



A Nineteenth-Century Trojan Horse Plot: The Philadelphia Bible Riots

National Archives Cataloguing News

The National Archives (TNA) has a continuing programme of cataloguing material and improving existing catalogues. Recently completed projects of particular interest are:

MH 47 Central Military Service Tribunal and Middlesex Appeal Tribunal: Minutes and Papers, 1915-1922

The records comprise case papers for over 8,000 individuals seeking exemption from conscription into the army in Middlesex during the First World War.

E 179 Hearth Tax (Too Poor to Pay) Surrey

The Surrey Hearth Tax exemption certificates are now available on the TNA’s Discovery catalogue. There are 339 items comprising 315 certificates under the reference E 179/346.

ZSPC 11 – The WE Hayward collection of railway postcards, photographs and ephemera, phase 2

This is a new project continuation on from phase 1 which provided item level descriptions for 48% of this collection. The pieces selected for the next phase cover the material of railway companies that became the ‘Big Four’: Great Central Railway; Great Eastern Railway; London, Brighton & South Coast Railway; London Chatham & Dover Railway; London & North Western Railway; South Eastern Railway; London Midland & Scottish Railway.

Memorial Day Remembrance: Lynching of Black Veterans After World War II

John Tradescant’s Rest

As part of the Lambeth Riverside Festival in 2006 Parabola Trust organised an exhibition about the Tradescants and associated walks from where their house had been to the Garden Museum Museum which is housed in the former St Mary’s Parish where John Tradescant was buried. The Trust published ‘John Tradescant’s Rest’, a Historical Walk Guide by Jon Newman (Lambeth Archives) with funding from Riverside Community Development Trust. It is a do it yourself walk wonderfully written and becoming a historic document about many buildings which are now disappearing. Details of this publication are accessible through the link in the right hand column. The publication can be purchased from me (£3.60p inc p&p).

About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour, radical and suffrage movements, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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