History Events March & April

Tuesday 1 March. 7pm. Conscientious Objection

Talks by  Andrew Greaves on local COs and  Sue King on some recent oral history dealing with the effects of being a CO on the men themselves and their families in the first and second world wars and national service.

North East Labour History. Old George (between the Bigg Mkt and High Bridge). Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Tuesday 8 March. 7.30pm. Charles Bravo: Murder at the Priory?

Talk by Helen Long on the poisoning of Balham lawyer Charles Bravo in 1876.

Tooting History Group. United Reformed Church, Rookstone Road, SW17.

Refreshments and raffle. Admission – Members free, non-members £2.

Thursday 10 March, 7pm-9pm. Future Dialogues

Intergenerational dialogue about what it means to be a Black woman in the 21st century. Panel: Linda Bellos, Jade Jackson and Liv Little.

Black Cultural Archives, Windrush Square, Brixton.

Tickets are £10, £7 concessions

Thursday 17 March 7-8.30pm. Black Women in 1840s England

Jeff Green will talk about the lives of four black women.

Black Cultural Archives, Windrush Square, Brixton.

Tickets are £7.

Saturday 19 March 10am-4.30pm. The Labour Movement: where’s it from? where’s it going?

Independent Working Class Education Network Day School in Norwich for political activists and trade  unionists looking at the historical and contemporary issues facing the Labour Movement. ‘We’ll look at the role of agricultural workers, Chartism, the crucial importance of education and our journeys, the Trade Union Bill, from Blair to Corbyn and more. Lots of discussion.’

Methodist Chapel, Chapelfield, Norwich, NR2 1SD.

£10 includes lunch. Pay on the day. To book email: Keith Venables:  iwceducation@yahoo.co.uk

Monday 21 March. 8pm. Conscription and Conscience in Clapham

Ben Copsey of Peace Pledge Union will talk about the introduction of conscription in 1916, when millions of men around Britain faced a future in uniform – willing or no. For those engaged in the anti-war movement this was unacceptable, and they registered their opposition to war by becoming Conscientious Objectors. Fifty men from Clapham made this difficult and often dangerous decision.

Clapham Society. Omnibus, 1 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0QW.

Thursday 31 March. 6.30pm. The History of Council Flats

BBC journalist Brian Wheeler and social historian John Boughton tell the secret and surprising history of the London council flat. From the Peabody flat to the Trellick Tower, affordable public accommodation has been a fundamental feature of London’s topography and architecture. ‘It seemed one of the great social advances of the last century, but in these febrile days of privatisation, desperate demand, dizzying property prices and high-rise rents, what does Social Housing mean? Who deserves it? Can it survive?’

Westminster Arts Library, 35 St Martins Street, London, WC1

Admission: £6/£8.50 in advance.


Friday 8 April, 7-90pm. Black Sailors in Georgian England

Steve (S. I.) Martin explores the untold stories of the Black sailor communities that settled in Britain’s port cities in London, Cardiff, Liverpool, Glasgow, and South Shields leading to the development of this country’s first Black communities.

Black Cultural Archives, Windrush Square, Brixton.

Tickets are £7.

Saturday 9 April, 7-9pm. Freedom Writers

Steve (S. I.) Martin explores the important role of literacy and the power of writing in the campaign for the abolition of slavery.
through the narratives of abolitionists Olaudah Equiano, Ottobah Cugoano, and Mary Prince.

Black Cultural Archives, Windrush Square, Brixton.

Tickets are £10, £7 concession

Thursday 14 & Friday 15 April 

Art, Politics and Performance in the Black Atlantic 1789-2016

As well as speakers Jade Montserrat will present her “The Rainbow Tribe”, exploration of Josephine Baker, and performances by Tayo Aluko  of Call Mr Robeson and Benbo Productions of Donal O’Kelly’s award-winning The Cambria about Frederick Douglass’s 1845 trip to Ireland.

The Institute for Black Atlantic Studies (IBAR) at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. IBAR website: http://ibaruclan.com


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 http://thecroydoncitizen.com. 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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