General History Events & News at 26 January

Friday 12 February. 6pm. Brighton before the Pavilion: people at work in a port, a resort and a sleepy hollow

 Talk by Geoffrey Mead. Stanmer Room, Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD.  All welcome.  No booking necessary. Contact: George Yerby: In association with the Raphael Samuel History Centre.

 Thursday 18 February. 5.15pm. Imperial Pilgrims: The Indian Rebellion and the Victorian Tourist Trail; & The ‘cultural afterlife’ of murder: cases, places and spaces in twentieth-century London. 

Talks by postgraduates Brian Wallace (King’s) and Alexa Neale (Sussex). IHR Modern British History seminar, IHR, Senate House.   

Saturday 20 February. 1.45–4.30pm. Labour Heritage West London History Day 

The Glasgow Rent Strike of 1915: a revolutionary moment in housing. Steve Schifferes,  Professor of Financial Journalism at City University & former research officer for Shelter.

Labour & the Irish Revolution of 1916. Mike Mecham, visiting lecturer in Irish Labour History & PhD candidate at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, & former councillor in L.B. Newham.

The Grunwick Strike 1976-1977. Sujata Aurora, of the Grunwick 40 Organising Group

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served.

No charge but there will be a voluntary collection.

Further information from: Barbara Humphries

Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Road, Acton W3 8PP

Buses:  207, 607, 427, 266, E3. Nearest tube: Acton Town.  Overground: Acton Central.

Saturday 5 March. Domesticating the Exotic, Exoticising the Domestic: Global Movements of Goods and Practices c.1750-1850

‘The eighteenth century was a period of discoveries and exotic encounters. Sailors and naturalists found new lands in the Pacific. Traders and settlers adopted food and dress practices which they then took back with them to Europe. Previously unknown animals like the kangaroo and the anteater made their first appearance on in European
menageries and museums, drawing excited crowds to see them and sometimes inspiring contemporary art and design. Novel and exciting commodities such as coffee, tea and ceramics emerged in the eighteenth century as
luxury and then popular consumer products. Imperial expansion brought new products within reach of increasing numbers of Europeans and mediated their acquisition and reception. Where exotic products had once been the preserve of royalty, many now came within reach of a much wider public, who incorporated elements or imitations of the exotic into their everyday lives.’

The Conference explores the multiple encounters with the
exotic in the long 18thC and will trace the global networks involved. Themes for the conference include: the consumption of exotic foods and drinks, such as tea, coffee and sugar; the use of exotic textiles and their adaptation to European needs;  the importation and imitation of exotic commodities, such as ceramics; the incorporation of ‘exotic’ motifs in domestic goods – e.g. wallpapers, carpets, accessories; representations of the exotic in literature, art, theatre, and popular culture.

Confirmed speakers include: Professor Margot Finn (UCL) and Professor Jim Walvin (University of York).

The King’s Manor, University of York, Y01 7EP. Registration for the conference (£25 or £15 for students).  For more information, and to register, visit:

Wednesday 9 March. 6.30pm. Book Launch All in a Day’s Work: Working Lives and Trade Unions in West London 1945-95

Guest speakers: John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor; Sarah Boston, author of Women Workers & the Trade Unions; Sally Groves, ex Trico striker; Phil McManus, ex Kodak & TGWU. Chaired by Colin Prescod, documentary filmmaker. Refreshments available.
Booking is necessary via or call 07946 284 089.

All in a Day’s Work is a 250 page book featuring over one hundred extracts from oral history interviews carried out by the Britain at Work London group. It chronicles the working lives and trade union activities of people who worked in west London during the years 1945-1995. A unique snapshot of many types of work and workplaces in both the private sector and public services, covering an area stretching from Hayes in the west to Paddington and from Harrow in the north to the River Thames.

The book is available to buy online at £10 plus £2.80 p&p by clicking on

or send a cheque payable to ‘Britain at Work London Project’ to Britain at Work, 15 Wellington Road, Norwich, NR2 3HT. Copies of the book will also be available to buy at the launch. 

Thursday 17 March. 5.15pm. Barbara Castle 

Talk by Dr Charlotte Riley (Southampton): ‘Nobody could say our heart was not in the right place’: Barbara Castle, the Labour Party and the Morality of Aid and Development.

IHR Modern British History seminar, IHR, Senate House.  

Saturday 2 April. Women making history seminar

The Independent Working Class Education Network is holding a seminar at Salford’s Working Class Movement Library.  If you are interested in making a presentation please contact Keith Venables, IWCE Network Convenor on

Thursday 7 April. 11am-6pm. 4th What’s Happening in British Black History Workshop

See details in blog posting:

Sylvia Pankhurst Memorial Statue

The Sylvia Pankhurst Memorial Committee has obtained agreement from Islington Council to find a site for a statue on Clerkenwell Green when it conducts refurbishment of the area. Patrons now are Rodney Bickerstaffe, Maxine Peake,  Chris Smith, Brenda Deane, Richard Pankhurst and Margaret Prosser as Patrons. The City of London Corporation has also given a grant of £10,000 to support the campaign.


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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