Forensic Spaces , Chaotic Times : Mapping the Past in the Present – 10 February

Forensic Spaces , Chaotic Times : Mapping the Past in the Present

Seminar, February 10

6-8:30pm, refreshments from 5.30

May day Rooms, 88 Fleet Street , London EC4Y 1DH,  

Faced with the chaotic synchronicities of globalisation and the multiplying networks of dispersed power, it is tempting to turn to maps as a way of pinning down what is  happening on the ground. But is forensic cartography really able to do more than gloss strategies of governance and control, based on the illusion that ‘the people’, their habits and habitats can be fully known? Could a narrative counter-mapping chart alternative histories of the present? These questions will be addressed by a social historian, a community mapper and a member of the MayDay Rooms collective.

  • MayDay Rooms ‘Collective Memory, Politics , Archive Fever and the Left’
  • Jerry White ‘Pinning Down the London Poor : the Poverty Maps of the Booth and Llewellyn Smith Surveys , 1889-1930’
  • Steve Rolling ‘History Pin: Memoryscapes in the Digital Age’

Jerry teaches history at Birkbeck, is an acclaimed social historian of modern London, and is a member of the RSHC. His latest book, Zeppelin Nights. London in the First World War, was published in May 2014. Steve is a Community Officer for History in helping communities to use digital mapping tools, organising local sessions and collecting people’s photos and memories. MayDay Rooms are developing a living archive of radical campaigns on popular democratic struggles in Britain.

Supported by the Raphael Samuel History Centre. 

To book  and for further information:

Bookings: (m: 07757 305 327)

Full Seminar programme :


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. 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 movement, 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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