History Events & News at 28 August


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

Updated today and includes Newsletter 44 – August

Thursday 22 September. 1pm.  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Talk by his biographer Jeff Green.

Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square.

archives@bcaheritage.org.uk or phone 020 3757 8510/8511.

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 iwceducation@yahoo.co.uk

Philadelphia WMC, Upperthorpe, Sheffield

Followed by

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.



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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