Radical Clapham and Lambeth Heritage Festival – September

Chartist 5a

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.


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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