History Events at 2 May

Thursday 5 May. 1pm. Christianity in 18th Century Britain and the Impact on Black Bodies

Dr. Anthony Reddie will address how Christianity, particularly the non-conformist models dominant in the Baptist Church and the Methodist Movement, offered empowerment to many working class communities; yet these groups were often ambivalent, and at times remained silent, about the enslavement of Black people. He will discuss the early contradictions and how the groups’ involvement in the Anti-Slavery Movement eventually grew.

Black Cultural Archives. For further details and to book go to


Tuesday 10 May. 6pm. Nehru’s Emissary: V K Krishna Menon and the Long 1950s

Talk by Dr Rudra Chaudhuri (KCL) at International History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House. 

Wednesday 11 May. 5pm. The politics of poverty: the campaigns of CPAG, 1965-2015

Talk by Dr Ruth Davidson (KCL) at Contemporary British History Seminar. Institute of Historical Research, Senate House.

Thursday 12 May. 1-1.30pm.  A Reflection on Hogarth’s Blacks

Melba Wilson will draw upon David Dabydeen’s Hogarth’s Blacks to explore and discuss the representation of African and Caribbean individuals depicted in many of Hogarth’s drawings during the eighteenth Century.

Black Cultural Archives. For further details and to book go to


Saturday 14 May. 11.30am-4 pm. Huddersfield community groups showcase their projects


Africans in Early Modern English Literature – a lecture by Onyeka (Narrative Eye)

The future of black history at the University of Huddersfield: roundtable

Adult education in Yorkshire during the Great War

Full details at:


Saturday 21 May. Noon-4pm. 1926 General Strike at 90

London Socialist Historians workshop. Details to be announced. Institute of Historical Research, Senate House

Tuesday 24 May. 5.30-7pm.  Battle of the Somme

Narrative Eye event at  Pimlico Library,  Rampayne St, London. To book go to:


Wednesday 1 June. 5.30pm. From Country House to Empire Home: Material Cultures of the East India Company

Margot Finn (University College London at Studies of Home Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House.

Thursday 2 June. 5.30pm. The history of integrationist and multicultural education policies in England, 1976-2016

Talk by Dr. Richard Race (School of Education, Roehampton University) at History of Education Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House.

Thursday 9 June. 1pm. Slavery in Small Things

Professor James Walvin talks about the connections between everyday objects and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. He will re-examine present day objects through an alternative historical lens.

Black Cultural Archives. For further details and to book go to


11 June. 11am-4.30pm. Women and the Bible: Barbauld and Others

Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837 Annual Workshop at Senate House, University of London.

For more information go to:


Monday 13 June. 5.15pm. Leisure in Black British Communities

Dr Rehan Hyder (University of the West of England) on 

Bristol Sounds Syncretic: Nightlife and Inter-Cultural Exchange

Dr Paul Ian Campbell (University of Wolverhampton) on

‘That Black Boy’s a Different Class!’: Race, Class and Local Football in Leicester, c.1982–2010

Sport & Leisure History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House.

Saturday 18  June.  2pm. Unlikely Warriors:  Britons in the Spanish Civil War

Talk by Richard Baxell, historian and author and Chair of the International Brigades Memorial Trust. Notts & Derbyshire Labour History Society at The Nottingham Mechanics Institute, 3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham, NG1 4EZ. Doors open at 1.30 pm.

Thursday 7 & Friday 8 July. Women’s Society, 1750-1830

‘This interdisciplinary workshop will examine three dimensions of the conventions in constructing and representing women’s experience across the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe’.

For more information please contact the conference organizers Ian Newman (University of Notre Dame) or Mark Philp (University of Warwick), at inewman@nd.edu  and Mark.Philp@warwick.ac.uk

The event will be held at University of Notre Dame Global Gateway, 1 Suffolk Street. London.


Courses at Black Cultural Archives

Wednesdays 1-29 June. 6–8pm. The African Fight: The Hidden History of WWI and the Battle of the Somme

The African Fight Course will investigate the presence and contributions of Black soldiers during the Battle of the Somme.

Tuesdays 5 July – 2 August. 7-9pm. When We Ruled: Thousands of Years of African Heritage

Led by leading Black historian Robin Walker and his team,  this course that will contextualise the broad history of the African Diaspora, from mediaeval to modern times.

You will learn about the visible monuments, manuscripts, and fine art that demonstrate a rich African heritage. From this

Tuesdays 6 September – 4 October. 7– 9pm. Black Seafarers and Revolutionary Politics

Led by S. I. Martin, the  course will reassess the forgotten traditions and communities of Black mariners.



About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's 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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