Black History Events to 3 November


Saturday 17 September. 1-4pm. Living Histories: Conversations About Radical African British Histories

‘Whilst we look to the US in marking the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party, this session focuses attention on the UK. Through videos and first hand accounts, we’ll provide a narrative that speaks to Britain’s experience of from the 1960s, covering the Bristol Bus Boycott, Black Power, Civil Rights Activism, Supplementary School and Parent Movements, Black Peoples’ Day Of Action, Radical Groups such as the Black Panther Movement, and services such as the Black People’s Information Centre, Ras Seymour Maclean’s Book Liberation, etc.’

£5 non-refundable charge (£7 at the door, subject to availability)

Venue: Unite The Union, Holborn.

More information or to book:

Wednesday 21 September – Saturday 1 October. The African Choir 1891 Re-imagined

Sound/image installation. Autograph, Rivington Place, London.

Wednesday 28 September. 6.30–8.30pm. Launch event for the new Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership

The new Centre will be jointly funded by the Hutchins Center at Harvard and by UCL.

The launch will coincide with the publication of a major new update for the LBS database, tracing the ownership of estates from the 1760s to the 1830s, incorporating 20,000 new individuals and linking 8,000 estates in the British Caribbean to the slave compensation records.

The launch event will include a public talk outlining the new work and will be followed by a Q&A session.

To book a place go to

Thursday 29 September. 6.30-8pm. Black Victorians

Free CPD event for secondary & FE teachers and tutors

Autograph, Rivington Place, London.

October. 25th Anniversary of Stephen Bourne’s original pamphlet on his Aunt Esther

Copies of the revised edition of Stephen’s first book, Esther Bruce – A Black London Seamstress, are available by sending a £4.50 cheque (made payable to ‘Sean Creighton’) to 6 Oakhill Road, London. SW16 5RG.

Friday 7 October. 11am-1pm, 2pm-4pm. Black Poppies – Britain’s Black Community & the Great War book signing.

Stephen Bourne will be signing his book at the Imperial War Museum’s bookshop. In 2015 Black Poppies received the Southwark Arts Forum Award for Literature.

Monday 10 October. Evelyn Dove

Talk by Stephen Bourne. Waterstones Bookshop in Piccadilly. Details to follow.

Friday 14 October. Evelyn Dove – Britain’s Black Cabaret Queen

Launch of Stephen Bourne’s book Evelyn Dove Britain’s Black Cabaret Queen

Evelyn Dove was one of Britain’s brightest and most popular stars of the 1920s and 1930s. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Evelyn became the first black woman to sing on BBC Radio (in 1925) and the first to have her own series on BBC television (in 1946). Her remarkable career lasted into the 1960s when she joined one of Britain’s pioneer black theatre companies. Stephen has illustrated the book with over 40 rare and previously unpublished photographs from Evelyn’s private collection. Published by Jacaranda Books, £12.99.

Camberwell Library (details to follow).

26 October. Evelyn Dove

Talk by Stephen Bourne. Royal Academy of Music. Details to follow.

27 October.  What’s Happening in Black British History? Workshop V

Wolfson Room, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London. You can now Register here  £20.00 (standard) £10.00 (students/retired/unwaged)

Key note speaker: Associate Professor Kehinde Andrew, followed by three sessions:

  1. Beyond Mary Prince: Black Women in Dialogue
  2. Recovering and Engaging the Public with Black British Histories and Identity
  3. Involvement in Doing Justice to Black British History in Schools.

You can see the complete WHBBH5 Agenda here and download WHBBH5 Poster here.

The videos of all the sessions from WHBBH4 in Bristol are now on line on YouTube and on iTunes here

WHBBH needs someone familiar with WordPress and Google Docs to help develop the Black British History database: please contact Miranda Kaufmann at

3 November. Evelyn Dove

Talk by Stephen Bourne. National Portrait Gallery. Details to follow.


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 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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