General History Events & News at 27 August

Thursday 10 September. 6.30pm. Dissonant Archives: Contemporary Visual Culture and Contested Narratives in the Middle East Book Launch & Panel Discussion
Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, London. Free event. Read more >

Saturday 19 September. 10.30am. Unveiling of blue plaque commemorating Hilda Hewlett at 4 Vardens Road SW11

The latest Battersea Society blue plaque honours Hilda Hewlett, aviation pioneer who established an aircraft factory in Battersea. The unveiling will be by Pauline Vahey, Chairwoman of the British Women Pilots’ Association and Gail Hewlett, Hilda’s biographer and granddaughter-in-law. After the ceremony there will be refreshments at the Plough on St John’s Hill. Numbers will be limited and if you’d like to come along please let us know by Friday 4 September, either by email or telephone Wendy Deakins 0207-223 5999

Friday 25 September. 8pm. ‘Meet the Huguenots: Their Courage, Skills and Legacy’

Talk by Charlie de Wet, Chair Huguenots of Spitalfields. Wandsworth Historical Society. Friends’ Meeting House, Wandsworth High Street, SW18, opposite the Town Hall.

Wednesday 11 & Thursday 12 November. 7.30pm. The Woods Cry Out

A reflection, in words and music, on The Great War and the part played by Wandsworth and its Battalion. Actors performing will include: Simon Callow, Wendy Gifford, Clive Merrison and Timothy West.  Devised by Sue Rolfe and Andrew Neill. Presented by Putney Music. Wandsworth Civic Suite, Wandsworth High Street, SW18. Tickets £12, £7.50 (18 and under). Suitable for 11yrs+
Booking: 020 8334457. In aid of SSAFA (the charity that offers lifelong support to members of the armed forces, veterans and their families).

The Cane Hill Hospital War Dead

See my posting on the difficulties of memorialisation at

Labour Heritage Bulletin Summer 2015

Contents include: ‘The Brick, Bloody Sunday, and Alfred Linnell’ (by John Grigg); Prime Ministers in Labour’s Pantheon (by Archie Potts); Partition Resisted: the British Parliamentary Labour Party and the Government of Ireland’ (by Ivan Gibbons); ‘Labours Lost Membership Record’ (by John Grigg); Labour Wins Elections in Action 1918-1945 (by Barbara Humphries). Plus extract from Middlesex County Times of George Wardle MP’s speech to NUR meeting at Staines 230 April 1916. Plus: book review: Roseneberg’s Rebel Footprints. To obatin a copy contact Barbara Humphries:

North West Labour History No. 39. 2015

Articles inc:

  • 1919 Race Riots In LiverpoolChloe Emmott
  • Sam Fitton’s Christmas Cartoons in the First World WarAlan Fowler and Terry Wyke
  • Opposing the Great War: The story of Harold Derbyshire (1894-1945)
  • Life and Labour in Altrincham 1890 – 1914 Colin Graham
  • The Manchester No-Conscription Fellowship Maintenance Committee 1916-1918Alison Ronan

£11 inc postage within UK. Further details at:

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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