Black History Events & News at 11 October


Artist Winston Branch (b 1947)

had a Battersea studio 1969 – 1975.

Posted by Christine Eccles on

Battersea Memories Facebook

Tuesdays to Saturdays to 9 April 2016. 10am-6pm. Black Georgians: The Shock of the Familiar Exhibition

Free. Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton,  SW2 1EF.

Tuesdays to Saturdays in October. Pleasure Garden Courtyard Installation
Inspired by the new exhibition Black Georgians: The Shock of the Familiar. During the Georgian period Londoners from all backgrounds mingled in the city’s pleasure gardens, which were one of the few public spaces where a more liberal atmosphere reigned. Free. Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton,  SW2 1EF.

Friday 16 October. 7pm. USA Pianist Janise White Performs Classical and Sacred Masterpieces for Piano

Janis White is a Professor at West Los Angeles College, and Director of the Afro-American Chamber Music Society Orchestra in that city. Her concert will include classical works by Black Composers Samuel Coleridge Taylor, George Walker, Ignatius Sancho, Blind Thomas, Bethune, William Grant Still as well as Liszt, Beethoven and Schubert. Holloway SDA Church, 381 Holloway Rd, London, N7 ORN.

Thursday 22 October. 1pm. Black People in Lambeth’s 18thC Parish Registers
Jon Newman (Lambeth Archives) shows how the evidence in local parish registers allows us to recover something of these people’s histories, and reveals a population of freed slaves, servants, runaways, and the occasional African royal celebrity, dating back to 1700s. Free. Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton,  SW2 1EF.

Sunday 25 October. 5pm. Call Mr Robeson. A Life, With Songs

Tayo Aluko’s one man show. The Redgrave Theatre, 2 Percival Rd, Bristol, BS8 3LE. Box Office: 0800 411 8881. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions). Age Recommendation: 12+.

Thursday 29 October. What’s Happening in Black British History 3

See co-organiser Miranda Kaufmann’s blog at

Saturday 31 October.  Profiles of Black British Music 2015

Annual Seminar of the Black British Music Research Unit, University of Westminster. 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS –  opposite Baker st tube. Go to EventBright for tickets.

Thursday 5 November, 1pm. The Life of Ignatius Sancho

Talk by S. I. Martin (curator of the Black Georgians exhibition) will talk about the breadth of Sancho’s influence and his lasting legacy.  Sancho was a composer, actor, and writer.  He gained fame during the 18th-century, as he became the symbol for the immorality of the slave trade.  Free. Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton,  SW2 1EF.

Thursday 12 November. 4.45–8.30pm. Len Garrison Memorial Lecture: Gaps in Black

Annual lecture series is dedicated to Black Cultural Archives co-founder Len Garrison, who was an educationalist and an advocate for children’s education and the teaching of black history.  This year we will pose questions and explore some of the lesser known periods of Black British History. We will be joined by leading experts in their field: historian, producer and presenter of the recent BBC documentary series Forgotten Slave Owners David Olusoga; historian and writer Marika Sherwood; and freelance journalist and historian Dr Miranda Kaufmann. Musical interlude by Keith Waite. Tickets: £20.00, £15.00 concessions. Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London.

Jeffrey Green’s Website New Postings

153: James Carmichael Smith, civil servant and author 1852-1919

154: Sidney Bechet in London 1919-1922

155: George Watteau: the African gardener of Chislehurst (guest submission by David Stuart-Mogg)

156: In search of Agnes Foster, Jamaican Salvationist born ca 1823

Jeff says that ‘Agnes Foster was born in Jamaica in the 1820s and is supposed to have spent over forty years in England. Her farmer husband and their four children have been located in the census and so has a grand-daughter living in Bedminster in 1891. The family was based in Aldbrough on the Yorkshire coast, a village suffering from severe coastal erosion and currently having 1200 inhabitants. This is a most unexpected location for a black family, surely?’

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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