History events & news at 7 July

Thursday 9 July. 10.30am-12.30pm. First meeting of Newcastle North East WEA First World War Project Research Group

North East Workers Education Association has received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to research. WEA North East Regional Headquarters, Joseph Cowen House, 21 Portland Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1QQ.

Wednesday 22 July. 1.15pm. The Sudanese lyre and the slave trade

Talk by Rovianne Matovu.

Part of British Museum’s Celebrating Africa events.


Thursday 23 July. 1-3pm.  First meeting of Durham North East WEA First World War Project Research Group

The Miners’ Hall, Redhills, Flass Street, Durham, DH1 4BE.

To 1 September. Feeding London: the forgotten market gardens Exhibition

Discover the hidden history of market gardening in South West London. This exhibition has been created by Jam Yesterday Jam Tomorrow, a project by the Environment Trust funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is part of a new public archive achieved through voluntary research and community engagement, which will ensure that the history of market gardens is preserved for posterity.  Museum of Richmond, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond, TW9 1TP. Tel: 020 8332 1141 or email museumofrichmond@btconnect.com, http://www.museumofrichmond.com

Saturday 19 September. 10am-4pm. Women Making History

Independent Working Class Education (ICWE) discussions on Researching and Archiving,  Women, Work and Trade Unions, and Lessons for Today. London venue (tbc). If you would like to make a presentation or just attend, please email Keith Venables iwceducation@yahoo.co.uk. http://iwceducation.co.uk

Deceased Online database

This database provides details of people buried in cemeteries.


It also has a blog site with news about updates etc. Recently it has added Bandon Hill cemetery where Samuel Coleridge-Taylor is buried, and Nunhead.


HLF grant re-history of the Wandsworth Common Area

As part of a HLF grant application for St Michael’s Church and hall on Wandsworth Common, aspects of local history are being included in the project. The first stage is to carry out several projects on the history of the church, the war memorial, Bolingbroke Hospital, Erskine Clarke’s Christian socialism and the protection of Wandsworth Common in the 1860s. Once completed these research projects will then be used to work with the day centre for elderly run in the church hall, to use heritage, local history and oral history to help stimulate and protect their memories. If you would like to get involved with the exciting and innovative project, please contact Timothy Walker, tehwalker@uwclub.net

A short history of the church can be found at http://stmichaelsbattersea.org/church-building.

Bolingbroke Hospital and Erskine Clarke feature in the walks I have led around the Northcote Rd and Bolingbroke Grove area.

National Heritage List

The recently published Designation Yearbook for 2014-2015 highlights across the historic environment additions or revisions to the National Heritage List for England. This is available as a free download from the Historic England website. http://www.historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/designation-yearbook-2014-15.

You can search the full list by area, like Croydon, to see what is listed at  http://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list

Do you have photographs of life in Lewisham in the 1970s?

Inspired by John Goto’s acclaimed Lovers’ Rock portraits from 1977, Auograpgh ABP is building a community archive of what life was like in and around Lewisham at the time. Share your personal photographs and family albums, and tell the stories behind the snaps. The project is particularly interested in photos and tales about dressing up for a night out, what music you were listening to, and the venues in Lewisham that were popular. Follow the images that are unearthed on the  blog www.lewishamloversrock.wordpress.com. You can email your snaps to lucy@autograph-abp.co.uk.


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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