Croydon’s Library Heritage
Using the 1931 opening of Norbury Library I discuss the pioneering role of Croydon’s Libraries and its significnace for the future.
Samuel Coleridge Taylor Network website
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Thursday 22 September. 1pm. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Talk by his biographer Jeff Green.
Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square.
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Sunday 16 October. 12-5.30pm “It’s the Economy, Stupid” – A Day of Economic Thought
Independent Working Class Education (ICWE) day school
Sessions including: What is Neo-Liberalism Free Trade- Freedom or race to the bottom Everything you wanted to know about economics, but were frightened to ask – panel discussion Tickets: £5 from email@example.com
Philadelphia WMC, Upperthorpe, Sheffield
7-11pm. Songs of Social Significance. David Rovics: Letter to my Landlord – World Tour. Plus Politics; plus poetry and dancing
Organised by Independent Working Class Education Network, Momentum Sheffield, Sheffield Trades Council
Tickets: £10 waged £5 unwaged
Pay on the door
Working Class Movement Library (Salford) Events
14 Sept. Granville Williams: Pit props: music, international solidarity and the 1984/85 miners’ strike.
28 Sept. Ray Physick: The Olimpiada Popular of 1936 and the worker sport movement in the inter-war years.
4 Oct. Race, racism and the working class struggle
Talk by Lou Kushnick, founder of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource.
12 Oct. Katrina Navickas: Protests and public space in Lancashire and Yorkshire in the age of radicals and the Chartists, 1789-1848.
26 Oct. Nicole Robertson: “Organise, educate and agitate”: trade unionism and office workers in Britain, 1914-39.
9 Nov. Mervyn Busteed: Engels, the Burns Family and the Manchester Irish.
23 Nov: Malcolm Pittock: Albert Evans, Bolton WW1 conscientious objector.
Full details of the talks can be found at www.wcml.org.uk/events. All welcome, admission free, light refreshments after.
Race and Representation in Shakespeare
Film of Burt Caesar, actor and presenter in discussion with actor Hugh Quarshie.
The Reparations Debate
Tales from the Olympia
Black London blogs at
Jeff Green’s Latest Postings
166: Arthur Edgar Massey (1870-1935), poet and evangelist
167: ‘Blind Tom’ the musical phenomenon in Britain 1866-1867
168: West Country Blacks in Victorian Times
169: A Black Gay Hustler, London 1838
170: Amusing the children?
171: A ‘black’ presence in Victorian folk culture.
172: The Jubilee Singers as a financial venture – 1886-1889
The Past and Present of London Rd Croydon: 99-101
Development of the land now occupied by 99–101 London Road began in the middle of the 19th century with the construction of nine houses, one of which was later occupied by dental reformer and Croydon Mayor Samuel Lee Rymer. All nine houses were gradually swallowed up by the Croydon Co‑operative Society (later the South Suburban Co‑operative Society). The land continues in retail use today, being home to a large Lidl supermarket as well as a gym chain and the South London Employment Tribunal.