North East History Events & News at 26 January


Tuesday 2 February. 7.30pm. ‘It Was Fifty Years Ago Today’

Peter Brabban presents a photo essay/slide show.  North East Labour History First Tuesday talk.

New Venue: upstairs in the Old George, between High Bridge & Bigg Mkt, Newcastle.

Friday 11 March.  3pm. The Other Grainger Market: James Grainger’s The Sugar Cane (1764) and the Caribbean Slave Trade

Talk by Brycchan Carey (Kingston Univ). The North East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies. Newcastle University, Room 2.20, Research Beehive.

Wednesday 15 April. 4.30-5.30pm. Wedlock – Mary Eleanor Bowes (1749-1800)

Conversation with the author Wendy Moore about here biography. Williams Library, St. Chad’s College, Durham

  • The Spanish Civil War


7   February. An introduction and chronology of the Civil War.   Don Watson

14 February. The ILP, POUM and George Orwell.  David Connolly

21 February. International Brigades and NE Connection.  Bob Harrison Lewis Mates

28 February. Basque Children – evacuees in the UK. Joy Farms

6 March. The impact on Catalonia. Jim Farms

13 March.  Literature of the SCW. Carole Reeves

Durham Branch WEA Study Group,  People’s Bookshop, Saddlers Yard, Durham DH1 3NP. For further information or to book your place at the bookshop  or Durham Branch WEA  01913881440  asap      Will you require disabled access?

  • Reflections on Newcastle 1914-1918

Reflections of Newcastle 1914-18 is a Newcastle Literary  & Philosophical Society collaboration with Northumbria University, Newcastle College and November Club to explore the intellectual, cultural and social life of Newcastle during the First World War, concentrating in and around the Lit & Phil. The research will be developed into a city centre trail beginning and ending at the Lit & Phil through the creation of an interactive eBook. This eBook will be promoted to community groups, schools and visitors as a historical and educational tool and creative project to help people explore the city and its historical buildings and areas of interest in relation to World War 1, as well as the Lit & Phil itself. For further details see:

Volunteers in the project are contributing postings on their research at They include education, the L&P ambulance, women’s roles, Ethel Williams, and building tanks.

  • E. D. Morel and Chopwell

There is a terrace of houses named E.D. Morel in the Durham mining village of Chopwell, one of the ‘Little Moscows’ of the 1920s. Peter Frost writes about his role in the exposure of the treatment of Africans in King Leopold’s Congo, and in the Union of Democratic Control during the First World War in the newsletter of the Socialist History Society (December 2015). What Peter does not mention is Morel’s appalling role in the ‘Black Peril’ campaign against the use of African troops in the French occupied part of the Ruhr after the War.

  • North East History General

North-East History Tour.

  • The Delavals

Cultural history work on the Delevals has been undertaken by Dr Helen Williams (Lecturer in 18thC English Literature) and Richard Terry (Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature) both at Northumbria University. 

‘John Cleland and the Delavals’, Review of English Studies, 64 (2013), 795-818.

This article explores the relation between the eighteenth-century novelist John Cleland and the Delaval family, occupants of Seaton Delaval Hall in north-east England. Cleland remains one of the most elusive literary figures in the eighteenth century, with paradoxically less being known about his life after he acquired fame (and notoriety) than before. Previous scholarship has surmised that his later years were spent in an embittered isolation from the world. Drawing on nine letters contained in the Delaval papers in Northumberland Archives, and also on financial accounts relating to John Hussey Delaval, we demonstrate the close link between Cleland and three different members of the Delaval family. This association provided a significant source of support for Cleland over the final four decades of his life, and the family emerge in our account as the only figures who could plausibly be described as his patrons. We also point to ways in which the Delaval letters shed light on Cleland’s journalistic career and on the nature of literary patronage in general during the later eighteenth century.’ (Abstract on Northumbria Research Link:

The Delaval Family’s Patronage of Christopher Smart: New Evidence’, Notes & Queries, 60 (2013), 95-97.

‘The article provides evidence from primary source materials taken from the Delaval family archives that British poet and author Christopher Smart received various monetary gifts and sums from his former pupil at Cambridge University Sir John Hussey Delaval. A draft of a letter indicates that Delaval heard of Smart’s dire financial situation and intended to send a check for six guineas to help defray expenses. Whether the letter or accompanying check were actually mailed remains unknown. Delaval’s account book for 1764 to 1768 indicates he made four payments to Smart during the period.’ (Abstract. Esco Host Connection.

They have also written:

‘Christopher Smart and the Lord Crewe Trust: New Letters and Details’, Notes & Queries, 60 (2013), 97-100.

‘John Cleland and the Marquis of Rockingham: Two New letters’, Notes & Queries, 61 (2014),  441-444. (

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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