Tuesday 20 September. 7pm. Clapham’s Radical and Mutual Past
I will be giving a talk about Clapham’s involvements in radical, Chartist, labour and socialist politics as well as mutual organisation in friendly societies and trade unions in the 19th and early 20th centuries as part of Lambeth Heritage Festival. John Watkins, a Chartist activist, lived in Clapham.
Clapham Library, Mary Seacole Centre, 91 Clapham High St, SW4 7DB
This year’s Festival
This year’s Lambeth Heritage Festival is being held throughout September.
For full details see
where you can download the full programme. Here are some highlights.
All month. A Fighters’ Archive
An exhibition of artwork by Wijnand de Jonge commemorating the Black Women’s Movement in Brixton during the 1970s and 80s. 17 bronze casts will be displayed of the clenched fists of influential women involved in the Movement. The work records a fragment of relatively recent social history specific to south London, playing with the concepts of traditional sculpture and the boxer’s archive. Free, no booking required.
During opening hours Lambeth Archives, 52 Knatchbull Rd, SE5 9QY.
All month. From the ‘Black woman of Brixton Causeway’ to Harry Jacobs
Starting with the earliest entries for black people found in Lambeth parish registers through to mid-20th century studio photography, this exhibition uses archival documents and images from the collections of Lambeth Archives to document three hundred years of local black history. Free, no booking required.
Morley College London, 61 Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7HT.
Thursday 1 September. 1-2pm. Black Music in London
Lloyd Bradley will be providing insight the research for his book, Sounds Like London. The book tells the story of London music and the larger-than-life characters making it, journeying from Soho jazz clubs to Brixton blues parties to King’s Cross warehouse raves to the streets of Notting Hill and on to sound systems everywhere. £3.00 per person, booking not required.
Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton, SW2 1EF.
Saturday 3 September. 10am-5pm. Lambeth Archives Open Day
This year’s open day features Lambeth’s local societies, a medley of talks and displays at Lambeth Archives and at the nearby Michael Church and Longfield Hall.
Lambeth Archives, 52 Knatchbull Road, SE5 9QY.
Thursday 15 September. 7.30pm. The Dangerous Women of South London
Setting fires, risking lives and imprisonment by challenging authority; these women worked tirelessly in a variety of ways within the suffrage movement to achieve equality with men. Ruth Miller will talk about the role of Emily Leaf from Norwood, and Barbara Thomas will introduce further local campaigners including Leonora Tyson. Free with donations.
Upper Norwood Library, Westow Hill, SE19 1TJ.
Friday 23 September. 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Black Cultural Archives Heritage Centre Tours
Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Sq, Brixton, SW2 1EF
To book a space please email archives@ bcaheritage.org.uk or phone 020 3757 8510/8511. Booking is essential as places are limited to 20 maximum per group.