History Events – June

To 25 September. Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm and the first Saturday of the month 10am-4pm. Spirit of ’45: from warfare to welfare Exhibition

Following the end of the Second World War the people of Britain elected a Labour government. It was a landslide victory. Seventy years later this exhibition recalls the achievements of that government and explore what remains of its radical reforms. Working Class Movement Library, Salford.

Monday 1 June. 5.30pm. Witness: The voluntary organisation environment 1965-75 compared to 2005-2015 – a personal account

Talk by Ian Bruce. Voluntary Action History Seminar. Institute of Historical Research, Senate House.

Tuesday 2 June. 7pm. The Eleven-plus Generation: the shame of it all

Speakers: Peter Brabban, Patrick Candon & Judith McSwaine. This will be an interactive session, where participants are encouraged to engage with historical evidence drawn from local sources in order to analyse what happened to the post-war generation of children who took the eleven-plus in Newcastle.  This session will be an opportunity to reflect on this evidence in light of the heated debates taking place at the time within the Labour Party, nationally and locally, around the tension between the meritocratic ideals of selection and the values of universal education provision.  This session will focus upon the generation of working class children who failed the eleven-plus, most whom ended up in run-down elementary schools across the City, euphemistically re-branded as ‘secondary moderns’.  A common emotion for this generation who failed was to experience a lifetime of shame.  Yet, failure to pass the eleven-plus was used to legitimise class-based inequality of provision, which can be seen in Newcastle in the post-war years.

North East Labour History First Tuesday meeting at the Bridge pub, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Tuesday 2 June. 7 for 7.30pm. The Short Brothers

Illustrated talk by Gordon Bruce, the former company secretary, about the Short Brothers of Battersea, famous aviation engineers who set up a factory, under the railway arches. There they built the first powered aeroplane in 1909, becoming the UK’s first aircraft manufacturers. Battersea Society event in Wandsworth Heritage Festival. St Mary’s Parish Church Battersea Church Road, SW11 3NA. £5 charge on the door. No booking required.

Wednesday 3 June. 7pm. Marcus Bloom: Battersea cinema manager and WII SOE agent

Talk by military historian Paul McCue. Bloom was sent to the south of France by small boat before being captured and deported to Germany. Battersea Library, Lavender Hill. Free. Booking essential as places are limited – email: whatson@wandsworth.gov.uk  quoting ‘Paul McCue talk’ in the subject title.

Thursday 4 June. 2pm. Historic walk around the Grove House Estate, Froebel College

Froebel College is a constituent College of the University of Roehampton; the College purchased Grove House, Roehampton, in 1921. Within the grounds of this Georgian house are delightful follies, a lake, a Mausoleum and an ice house. Froebel College, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, SW15 5PJ. Meet in the main entrance of Grove House, at the junction of Clarence Lane and Roehampton Lane. Tour duration approx. 90 mins. Free. Booking essential: 020 8392 3514 or  gilly.king@roehampton.ac.uk

Friday 5 June. 5.15pm. Networks and the East India Company, 1600-1625: between ecosystem to egocentric analysis

Talk by Edmond Smith (University of Cambridge). Economic and Social History of the Early Modern World History, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House.

Friday 5 June. 6.30-8pm. The Dignity of Chartism

Launch of book of essays by Dorothy Thompson. Marx Memorial Library, Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU.

See http://www.versobooks.com/events/1131-the-dignity-of-chartismcelebrating-the-life-and-work-of-dorothy-thompson

Or contact John Merrick at the publisher, Verso: john@verso.co.uk

Saturday 6 June. Battersea Oral History Collection Day

Chocolate Films oral history collection day aimed at older local coming along and bring their stories, old photos and objects to uncover some hidden stories of the area’s past during this time of massive change and redevelopment. Battersea Arts Centre. See further detail at

Sunday 7 June. 2pm. A walk in Battersea

Walk led by Rex Osborn from St Mary’s Church along Vicarage Crescent and beyond. Meet at St. Mary’s Parish Churchyard on the Thames Path (off Battersea Church Road), SW11 5NA. £5 charge (proceeds to the Battersea Society). No booking required.

Sunday 7 June. 2.30pm. Boundaries in and around Balham

Walk conducted by John Rattray around the St James’s Drive area, including a railway station, three churches and the site of the former St James’s Hospital. Meet at Wandsworth Common Station (Jaggard Way entrance). A collection will be taken (proceeds to Balham Society). No booking required.

Sunday 7 June. 2.30pm. Around Furzedown

Walk around Furzedown and Streatham Park led by historian Helen Long, looking at places of interest and discovering some of the well-known people connected with them. Streatham Society event. Meet at Furzedown pub, Mitcham Lane (corner of Thrale Road), SW16 6NR. Free. No booking required.

Monday 8 June. Local Studies in Leisure, Religion and Associational Culture 

Speakers: Dr Dennis O’Keefe (University of Huddersfield), who on ‘Quiet Men’s Cathedrals: The Emergence of Church Cricket Clubs in an Area of West Yorkshire, 1860–c. 1920; and Chris Spackman (University of Portsmouth), A Break from the Regular Programme? Re-Assessing the Lived Experience of a Boys’ Brigade Camp, 1886–1936. Sport and Leisure History Seminar. Institute of Historical Research, Senate House.

Tuesday 9 June. 5.15pm. From the grassroots: an oral history of community politics in Devon

Speaker: Dr Kayleigh Milden (History of Parliament Trust). Parliaments, Politics and People seminar at Institute of Historical Research, Senate House.

Thursday 11 June. 5.30pm. A Strike now would complete the Catastrophe’: Contesting memories of Strike action in 1930s South Wales; Cultures of solidarity: London and the miners’ Strike of 1984-5

Talks by David Selway (University of Sussex) & Diarmaid Kelliher (University of Glasgow). Seminar at Institute of Historical Research, Senate House.

Monday 15 June. 5.30pm. History of Riots Book Launch

Speakers Keith Flett & others. London Social Historians Seminar. Institute of Historical Research, Senate House. The book includes my essay on the Trafalgar Square ‘riot’ of 1887.

Thursday 18 June. 7pm. No Redemption Songs

Film and music performance with songwriter Brenda Heslop, her band Ribbon Road and photographer Keith Pattison. No Redemption Songs marks 30 years since the miners’ strike. Keith documented the strike at Easington Colliery through an in-depth series of black and white photographs following the striking miners and their families through the optimism of August, through the deepening pessimism of winter, to the final vote to return to work.  After meeting with Keith during 2013, Northumberland-based songwriter Brenda wrote a 10 piece song cycle, No Redemption Songs, inspired by the photographs and recent visits to Easington Colliery. Admission £10 on the door.

Thursday 11 June. 5.15pm. The politics of reform and the politics of empire, 1828-1867.

Speaker Dr Alex Middleton (Oxford). Modern British History seminar at Institute of Historical Research, Senate House.

Saturday 13 June. Chartism Day 2015

9.45–10.00 Introduction and Welcome (Joan Allen)

10.00–10.45 Philip Lockley, ‘Chartism and millennial religion’

11.15–12.00 Sara Daly, ‘Trails to Trials’ (Chair: Les James)

12.00–1.00 Malcolm Chase, ‘“Brothers under Oppression”: Chartists and the Canadian Rebellions of 1837–38’

2.00–3.15 Alice Denham, ‘John Skelton: Socialist, Chartist and


Rachel Buckley, ‘“Coming forward manfully for the cause of liberty”: Mary Ann Walker and Susanna Inge as public women during the Chartist movement’

3.45–4.45 Simon Rennie, ‘Re–forming for Reform: Political

implications of revision, re–publication, and pseudonymity in the poetry of Ernest Jones’

Everyone is welcome and admission is FREE. Those wishing to attend are asked to register by Friday 5th June for catering purposes: please email the organizer Joan Allen (joan.allen@ncl.ac.uk). Venue: Armstrong Building, University of Newcastle, NE1 7RU.

Thursday 18 June. 7.30pm. Marx In Soho

Calder Bookshop & Theatre present play by Howard Zinn. Marx returns to Earth to answer his critics but due to a bureaucratic error he is sent to Soho in New York rather than his old stomping ground in London to make his case. The play aims to be a critique of our society’s hypocrisies and injustices and an entertaining portrait of Marx as a voice of humanitarian justice. The King’s Arms, Bloom Street, Salford, M3 6AN. Tickets £9 from www.wegottickets.com/event/313990 or contact B Sullivan on 07702 579278.

Tuesday 23 June. 5.15pm. The idea of Whiggism in mid-Victorian politics

Speaker: Dr Alex Middleton (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford).  Parliaments, Politics and People seminar at Institute of Historical Research, Senate House.

Wednesday 24 June 2pm. Song of the People

Film screening of the National Co-operative Film Archive’s Song of the People. Made in 1945, this film stars a young Bill Owen as a factory worker singing about characters and events in British history from the 14th century to recent conflicts, showing how the lesson for the future lies in co-operation. Introduced by Gillian Lonergan from the National Co-operative Archive. Working Class Movement Library, Salford.

Thursday 25 June. 10am-5pm. Women’s Legal Landmarks Archival Training Workshop

This workshop has been designed to complement the Women’s Legal Landmarks project commemorating the centenary of women’s admission into law in the UK and Ireland in 1919. All interested researchers are welcome to attend. The project involves about 100 scholars identifying, researching and writing up accounts of major legal landmarks for women.

The programme offers presentations by invited speakers about relevant collections in their collections and the practicalities of accessing and using them. There will be three sessions: (1) National Archives; (2) Legal Resources and (3) The British Library. Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DR. REGISTRATION: For online booking and payments, please click here. The cost for the day (which includes tea, coffee and lunch) is £75, or £50 for students. Enquiries: IALS.Events@sas.ac.uk

Thursday 25 June. 5.15pm. Feelings at Work in the Long 1950s.

Speaker Prof Claire Langhamer (Sussex). Modern British History seminar at Institute of Historical Research, Senate House.

Saturday 27 June. ‘Let us face the future’ Conference

People’s History Museum,  Manchester, hosts a conference on marking, like 70 years since the 1945 general election. Topics include Labour’s courtship of the media in the 1930s and 1940s; the popular press, cartoons and the Attlee Labour government; steel, nationalisation and the Labour Party 1945-1951; and the Co-operative Party and the General Election of 1945. Further details here, including how to book tickets (£15; unwaged £10).

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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