History Events and News

Tuesday  3  March. 7pm. The North East Italian Community in the Mussolini Years

Talk by Hugh Shankland at the North East Labour History First Tuesday event at the Bridge Hotel. Newcastle. Hugh is the author of the recently published  Out of Italy. The Story of Italians in North East England.

Wednesday 4 March. 2pm. Divided by Race. United in War and Peace

Film. David Lean Cinema, Croydon. Details from Sean.

Monday 9 March. 5.15pm. ‘I Saw My Name on the Board’: Race, Gender and the Summer Olympics, 1932-1948

Talk by Dr Stanley Arnold (Northern Illinois University), Sport and Leisure History Seminar at Institute of Historical Research, Senate House. By the 1930s, the participation of black male athletes in international competition was slowly increasing. The entrance of African American female athletes would complicate the racial and gender landscape of the Olympic movement. These pioneering women would challenge these boundaries thus reshaping the character of the modern Olympic Games. While their individual and collective feats were extraordinary, their success was bolstered by the support of the black community. African Americans increasingly viewed these athletes as standard bearers in the struggle for civil rights. In addition, the black press, historically black institutions of higher learning and the athletes themselves created a sporting culture quite distinct from white America.

Tuesday 10 March. 7.30pm. Bygone Days: a lifelong resident looks back on 90 years in Tooting

Tooting History Group. United Reform Church, Rookstone Road, SW17. Non members welcome; donation £2.

Thursday 12 March. 5.30pm.  The History of the African and Caribbean Communities in Britain

Launch of Hakim Adi’s book for children of all agesInstitute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL.

Wednesday 18 March. 2pm. Looking for Claudia Jones

Film. David Lean Cinema, Croydon. Details from Sean. 

Saturday 21 March. 10.30am-3.30pm. Planning Education for Change.  Independent Working Class Education (IWCE) meeting. London Brunswick Community Centre [next to tube station]. Further details from Keith Venables iwceducation@yahoo.co.uk

Monday 20 April. A Brave New World

Edmund Bird, Heritage Advisor to the Mayor of London and former Lambeth Head of Conservation, will introduce his recently published book about the architecture of Lambeth in the 20 years following the Second World War (including Clapham which was then in Wandsworth). The book analyses the different architectural styles and evolving building types, changing public housing policies, public and civic building, transport structures, leisure and entertainment venues and public sculpture. A final chapter is on buildings of this period which have already been demolished. His talk will look at the whole of the present borough, with particular reference to Clapham.


Friday 29 – Sunday 31 May. A World To Win: Unions Past, Present and Future

 IWCE) Weekend Course at Northern College (Barnsley). £50.00 all in. Places very limited. To sign up, email Keith Venables iwceducation@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday 13 June. Women Making History

Independent Working Class Education (ICWE) meeting to be held in London. YOUR offers of short presentations are very welcome. To offer email Keith Venables iwceducation@yahoo.co.uk

History of Minorities in First World War

A fully-funded PhD studentship is available at the University of Chester to a student wishing to research any relevant aspect of the history of minorities (broadly defined) during the First World War. Full details are available on the University’s jobs page:


The Life of R. H. Tawney: Socialism and History

Review of book by Lawrence Goldman. https://thelearningprofessor.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/rh-tawney-and-the-intellectual-development-of-the-labour-party-book-review

All Aboard – Hold Tight! – The Black History Journey 

Guest blog by Ray Costello. Ray’s talk opening the Black History 2 Workshop in Liverpool on Thursday 19 February. http://historyandsocialaction.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/all-aboard-hold-tight-black-history.html

Note 28 February. This link is not working properly, and I cannot sort it. If you click on it it will bring up an error page; you can then click on title of the blog piece on the right hand column.

The Powells – A Liverpool Family. An extract from Jeffrey Green’s talk  at What’s Happening in Black British History? II in Liverpool on 19 February. http://historyandsocialaction.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-powells-liverpool-family.html

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 http://thecroydoncitizen.com. 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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