History Events & News at 9 August

Saturday 13 August. 3-4.30pm. Living Histories: An Audience With Altheia Jones-Lecointe – A Lifetime In Black Power Politics And Science 

Altheia Lecointe-Jones: a former leading light of the British Black Panther Movement, Mangrove Nine Defendant, Scientist, Medical Doctor, Grandmother, a Septuagenarian still politically active.  For more info or to book:


To hear Elder Altheia and other Mangrove Nine defendants talking about the 1970s court case, go to


Monday 15 August, 12-1.30pm. #BRxBLM Broadcast:

 In the wake of the fifth anniversary of the 2011 riots/uprisings and ongoing unrest in the US, Black Cultural Archives ‘is collaborating with Boiler Room TV to pick apart one of the most important societal issues – racial inequality and police brutality. A panel will come together for an open forum for discussion, focusing solely on how the aforementioned topics affect residents of the UK. This will be mirrored with an event in New York City at a later date.’ You can get involved at#BRxBLM hashtag. See more at:


Friday 9 September. 6.30–9pm. Joseph Bologne: Black Mozart in the white wig

Mixed cultural exploration of the life of Chevalier de Saint-Georges, aka Joseph Bologne (1745 – 1799), the champion fencer and virtuoso violinist and composer.

Victoria & Albert Museum.


Sam King’s Funeral


Croydon’s Historic Assets

In the light of advice issued by Heritage England I discuss the future of  Croydon’s historic assets at


Gems in Local Histories

I have posted details about some gems at the Penlee House local history display in Penzance.


Pentonville 5 and Cinema Action

Mark Gregory from Australia writes in comment on the blog note about the 28 July Pentonville 5 Meeting:

‘I was a member of Cinema Action when that film was made and my wife Maree Delofski was one of its editors. I have great memories of those times in London when so many workers were involved in a variety of amazing actions to protect jobs and workplaces from the deindustrialisation of the country … The dockers struggle was an example and I had the experience of screening that film in many trade union meetings and participating in so many discussions about what should be done to change and challenge the situation … It was a time of change across the globe that was infectious … The struggle to free the imprisoned dockers and that involved a welsh miners choir singing outside Pentonville Gaol through the night as well as a massive demonstration to welcome the five as they were released the next day … a great victory against the government of the day … I believe that the five dockers would meet each year to watch the film … a film they regarded as their own … I have shown the film in Australia and it always had an enthusiastic reception … btw it was the winner of the prestigious Leipzig Documentary Film Festival and highly praised by one of the judges the veteran Russian documentary film  maker who had edited his work to show local peasants on a special carriage of a train. Medvetkin !!

I remember that for the dockers film we had to get a crane driver to lift the camera and gear onto a ship where we interviewed Berny Steer after we climbed up the gangway.’

Mark is an active historian with the following websites:

Australian folk songs: http://folkstream.com

Francis MacNamara (1811-1861): http://frankthepoet.blogspot.co.uk

Australian Railway Songs: http://railwaysongs.blogspot.co.uk

William Cuffay: http://cuffay.blogspot.co.uk

Kali Dasgupta (1926 – 2005): http://kalidasgupta.com

Union songs: http://unionsong.com

Belgian Refugees in First World War

Bill Lawrence, a member of North East Labour History Society, has a chapter about Belgian refugees in a new book ‘Languages and the First World War: Representation and Memory ‘ (Julian Walker & Christophe Declercq. Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN 978-1-137-55035-4). Bill’s chapter is titled Translation, Interpretation and Mistranslation. Bill’s interest stems from the Belgians who came to Birtley. There is also a chapter by Declercq on the Belgians in Britain. For more details and chapter previews go to


North East Popular Politics database update

In the last couple of months I have added the following Topics to the database,

871 Sunderland Petition for City Status 1932

872 Miners and Employers Organisations 1926-27

873 Pegswood Branch- Mineworkers Federation 1926-1929

874 Ashington Mineworkers Minutes 1945-48

875 Northumberland Miners  Strike Records  1984

876 Northumberland Miners Minutes 1903-5

877 Women’s Suffrage in the North East Lisbeth Sim

878 Canon Charles Weston of Durham Cathedral 1731 – 1801

879 Activities on the North East, the Slavery Business and Abolition 2007-16

880 Sunderland’s Town Moor

881 Paul Robeson in the North East

882 Willian Falla Gateshead Gardening Business 1820s-30s

883 Newcastle  Aborigines  Protection Society Meeting August 1838

884 Students from the West Indies and North East England at St John’s College Cambridge 1767-1821

885 Daniel Liddell 1830s-1850s

886 Thomas Dixon 1831-1880

887 Cornsay Colliery Portrait of a Durham Mining Village

888 Teesside Railways

889  Public Health Activity in the North East 1925-6

890 Darlington Biographies

891 Ambrose Crowley/Crawley, Tyneside ironmaster

892 Anthony Morris Storer: Morpeth’s MP 1780-84 and the Storer family of Jamaica and Berkshire

893  John Collingwood Tarleton and the Collingwoods of Upthank

894 The Swymmers, the Bennet/Tankervilles and Jamaica

895  Ladies’ London Emancipation Society 1864-5

896 Ninian Home  – An 18thC  Berwickshire and Grenada Link

897  Biographical Sketches from Welford Vol. 1

898  North East Biography D-N

899  North East Biography O-Z

900 Biographical Material on Americans

901 Biographical Material on West Indians

902 Biography Miscellaneous

There have also been amendments to and additional information added to Topic Nos: 19, 73, 81, 231, 237, 288, 403, 425, 432, 472, 495, 538, 606-10, 624, 640, 643, 650, 813 and 820.

The database can be accessed at


To start using the search facility please read Topic I – Introduction.

Legacies of British Slave-ownership

In the course of these additions and amendments to the NEPPP database, information on slavery business connections in the North East has been shared with the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project team and amendments made to some entries on its database.


Figures of Empire. Slavery & Portraiture in 18thC Atlantic Britain

The Yale University  book on its October to December 2014 exhibition is downloadable at:


Further details about the exhibition, related events and interviews is at




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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