History Events & News at 23 March

Until 16 April. Fulham Palace Through the Great War

Exhibition telling the story of the Great War at the Palace, the role of the Bishop of London during the national crisis and commemorates those connected with the household who died in the conflict, such as William Burley, the son of the Bishop’s chauffeur. The Palace itself was occupied by the Freemasons War Hospital Number Two run by the Red Cross.

Saturday, 28 March 9.30am-4.30pm. Women in West London

The 35th West London Local History Conference. Talks on the women of the Gunnersbury estate; Emma Hamilton, George Eliot, Charlotte Despard ~ 3 meritocratic women who burst through social barriers (Penelope J Corfield); Kitty Godfree, sporting champion and suburban housewife; A Woman’s Life (historical documents on our theme read by the organising committee); Hounslow’s Home Front – women’s roles in World War 1; In the nursery: some women gardeners in our riverside parishes, 1650-1850. University of West London’s Brentford Campus, The Paragon, Bostom Manor Rd, Brentford. Near Boston Manor (Piccadilly Line) and there is free parking on site. There will be bookstalls from the local sponsoring societies. The conference fee includes morning coffee and afternoon tea. The UWL refectory will offer for sale at lunch-time sandwiches, teas, coffees and soft drinks. Tickets £15 available only in advance, from sponsoring societies or by post from J McNamara, 31B Brook Rd South, Brentford TW8 ONN. Please send SAE & cheque to ‘West London Local History Conference’. Conference sponsored by the local history societies of Acton, Barnes & Mortlake, Brentford & Chiswick, Fulham & Hammersmith, Hounslow, Richmond, Twickenham, Wandsworth.

Monday 30 March. 6.30pm: Reflecting On Marcus Garvey/UNIA

Young Person’s Perspective Presentation led by teenaged brothers (Antonio & Marcel Phillip). To book go to www.HarrowBHM.eventbrite.com

Wednesday 1 April. 2pm.  Recruitment and Conscientious Objection in Britain

Talk by Chris Kempshall. Museum of Richmond. Booking essential. £2 donation suggested. Museum of Richmond, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond, TW9 1TP. Tel: 020 8332 1141 or email museumofrichmond@btconnect.com, http://www.museumofrichmond.com

Monday 6 April. 8pm. Doultons, Greens and Stiffs: the South London Pottery Industry

Talk by Brian Bloice. Streatham Society.  “Woodlawns” 16 Leigham Court Road SW16 2JP. Free, no booking required. Contact: Brian Bloice, b.bloice@btinternet.com.

Saturday 25 April. 2pm.  The Chartists wer Rights: George Julian Harney’s Later Journalism, 1890-97

Talk by David Goodway on his book of the same title (Merlin Press 2014). Socialist History Society. Conway Hall, Red Lion Tenants & Residents Assoiciation, Red Lion Square, WC1R 4PD.

Monday 11 May.  6–7.30pm. The Valley and Common People

An evening with authors Richard Benson and Alison Light. Brontë Room, British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB. Places are free but booking is essential. ‘Family history spans both private stories and public history.  It challenges our ideas of what we mean by ‘proper’ history and experiments with the limits of fiction and non-fiction.   Richard Benson and Alison Light read from their recent work and discuss writing their family histories of the working classes.  Hosted by the British Library and the Raphael Samuel History Centre. Richard Benson: The Farm (2005) and  The Valley (2014). Alison Light: Common People: the History of an English Family (2014) Places are free but booking is essential; go to  www.bl.uk/events/family-history-public-history  or call the British Library box office on  01937 546546.

Saturday 30 May. 2pm. Margot Heineman: A Revolutionary Life

Talk by her daughter Jane Bernal. Conway Hall, Red Lion Square. Part of Socialist History Society AGM.

Major Fire at the Battersea Arts Centre on Friday 13 March – message from Wandsworth Museum

Below is a message from Wandsworth Museum about the appeal to raise funds to rebuild and replace lost equipment and materials:

‘’We wanted you to know that the Trustees, Director and Friends of Wandsworth Museum are committed to supporting our new partner organisation Battersea Arts Centre, and will do all we can to restore our beautiful new home, damaged on Friday 13th March by a major fire. The Wandsworth Borough Council Collection remains safely in storage off site and has not been affected. We will be working alongside staff at BAC to resume our operations as soon as possible, and will keep you updated about our plans and programme.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support. Should you wish to make a donation to help us, please do so by sending a cheque to the FoWM by post to: FoWM, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN or make a donation to Battersea Arts Centre by following the link here: BAC donating page.’

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's 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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