General History Events at 4 October

Olympic Games

Until 13 November. Guernica in Manchester Re-Representation Exhibition

T.Dunbar’s drawing project is based on an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the exhibition of Picasso’s Guernica in a car showroom in Manchester that is reported to have occurred during the first two weeks of February in 1939. The project includes a quarter scale “mapping” study of Guernica and a number of text-based drawings based on written descriptions of direct encounters with the painting. Drawings have been informed by reference to the ‘Manchester Foodship for Spain’ archive material in the Working Class Movement Library, and eyewitness commentaries of the Manchester Guernica exhibition, including two previously unknown accounts from students who studied at Manchester School of Art in the late 1930s. The project is underpinned by the notion of a ‘conspiracy of Guernica’ implicated by Herbert J. Southworth in his classic text “Guernica! Guernica! A study of journalism, diplomacy, propaganda and history”.

The exhibition is open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm until 13 November (also Saturdays 3 October and 7 November, 10am-4pm).

Working Class Movement Library, Salford.

Monday 12 October. 5.30pm. Generations: the impact of the personal and political on children born in Britain to refugees from Nazism
Talk by Merilyn Moos. London Socialist Historians seminar, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU.

Thursday 15 October. 5.15pm. “We actually run ourselves”: Workplace culture, informal democracy and the meaning of work in Britain’s car factories, 1964-1977

Talk by Jack Saunders (UCL). Modern British History seminar. Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU.

Monday 26 October. 5.30pm. British Counter Insurgency. A history

Talk by John Newsinger. London Socialist Historians seminar, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU

Monday 9 November. 5.30pm. Politics, theatre and history.

Talk by Chris Jury. London Socialist Historians seminar, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU

Wednesday 11 November. 5pm. ‘Britain and the Olympic Games, 1908-1920’

Book launch. ‘Britain and the Olympic Games, 1908-1920: Perspectives on identity and participation’ by Dr Luke Harris (published by Palgrave). The Old Sessions House (TOSH), Longport, in room OG32 at the North Holmes Road Campus Canterbury University. A link to a campus map can be found here:

Copies of the book will be available at the special reduced price of £30. (50% of the RRP).

Reception and at 5.45: talk ‘Britain and the Olympic Games, 1908-1920: The start of an Olympic love affair?’


Thursday 12 November. 5.15pm. Reframing the Laws of Life? Birth Control Advice and Catholic Medical Opinion, 1921-1938

Talk by Dr Alana Harris (King’s). Modern British History seminar. Institute of Historical Research, Senate House,  Malet St, London WC1E 7HU.

Monday 16 November. Closing date for panel and paper proposals for Social History Society Conference March 2016. See details below.

Monday 23 November. 5.30pm. ‘My longing desire to go to sea’: wanderlust and wayward youth in early modern England.

Talk by  Sue Jones. London Socialist Historians seminar at IHR, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU.

Thursday 26 November. 5.15pm.  Suffrage tensions in the Women’s Guild of Arts, c. 1890-1922.

Talk by Zoë Thomas (RHUL), plus Ian Stewart (LSE): E.E. Fournier d’Albe and intellectual pluralism in the early twentieth century. Modern British History seminar PhD student session. Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU.

Saturday 28 November. History of Adult Worker Education Society for the Study of Labour History Autumn Conference explores the History of Adult Worker Education from its nineteenth century origins to the demise of adult education in an age of austerity.  The provisional programme includes topics such as the Fenwick Weavers, the foundation of the London Mechanics’ Institution, the Leeds Arts Club and the origins of Guild Socialism, and ‘healing the fault line in the age of austerity’. University of Huddersfield, West Building, WG17. Tithe conference is free but it is necessary to register in advance. Reserve a place at or find out more details by emailing or

Monday 7 December. 5.30pm. How to remember the 1926 General Strike, 90 years on

Roundtable: Keith Flett and others. London Socialist Historians seminar. Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU.

Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 March 2016. Social History Society’s 40th Anniversary Conference at Lancaster University

Over the last four decades, the SHS has transformed historical research, inspired challenging work and explored the many ways in which our social worlds are made, imagined, shared and shattered. Proposals for panels, individual papers, posters and roundtable discussions are warmly invited from new and established researchers. As well as our usual range of strands, this year there will be an open strand to encourage discussion of developments and new directions in social history. The Society is especially keen to see pre-modern and transnational engagement across all the conference strands:

  • Deviance, inclusion and exclusion
  • Economies, culture and consumption
  • Life cycles, families and communities
  • Narratives, ideologies and beliefs
  • Political cultures, policy and citizenship
  • Self, senses and emotions
  • Spaces and places
  • Open strand: new directions in social history

The conference will also include optional sessions on research funding, finding new publishers, and making links with policy makers, production companies and other public audiences.  You can find more information and submit a proposal (deadline 4pm Mon 16 Nov 2015) via the website

To celebrate the 40th anniversary, the Society is offering a special membership package (full annual fee £45, concession fees available). This includes a subscription to our journal, Cultural and Social History, and online access to Social History.

About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. 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, radical and suffrage movements, 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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