History Events and News At 6 October

Saturday 8 October. 9.30 for 10am. Not 1066 And All That Radical Histories in Hastings and St Leonards

St Matthew’s Church Hall, London Road.


Sunday 9 October. 2.30pm. Tooting Bec Common and its surroundings. History & heritage walk 

Led by John Rattray (Balham Society) for Friends of Tooting Common.

Starts at the café on the Common and everyone is very welcome.

For more information, please email fotcinformation@gmail.com

Friday 14 October (even). Eva Gore-Booth: Irish Revolutionary and Inspiration for Our Times

Lecture by Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland at TUC.

Please register at


As drinks and light refreshments will be served after the lecture, the TUC would like people to register in advance.

Eva Gore-Booth was a true revolutionary – a woman who transgressed the boundaries of her time, sex and class. She was an aristocrat from the West Coast of Ireland who became a prominent trade-unionist and went to live in a working class neighbourhood of Manchester. She was an ardent campaigner for women suffrage and gender equality in an age still ruled by patriarchal values. She was a prominent advocate of pacifism and a supporter of Conscientious Objectors throughout the heightened militarism of WWI. And she was also an Irish nationalist – the daughter of a long line of Anglo-Irish landlords who, although with different means than her sister, Constance Markievicz, nevertheless wholeheartedly embraced the cause of Irish Freedom.

Greenwich Industrial History Society’s Programme

11 October. Terry Powley. Society’s Changing Perceptions of Youth in the Twentieth Century

15 November. Mark Stevenson. Historic England The Arsenal site

17 January.   Stewart Ash on Sir John Pender

21 February. Andrew Turner on Redpath Brown & Co

14 March. Jane Grant and her new book Exceptional Women. The Fawcett Society

11 April. Julie Ricketts on St. George’s Garrison Church – its history and future

23rd May Jon Wilson – and his recent book on the British in India

13th June James Hulme on Charlton Riverside

11th July Richard Buchanan on Cables at Telcon after 1866

Meetings held 7.30pm. The Old Bakehouse, Bennett Park, SE3 (rear of Age Exchange). There is NO parking.


Another little known about Black Georgian

Betty Harrison, was servant of the Lee family for nearly sixty years, and came with them from Jamaica in 1771 and died in 1820

For more detail see


Tacky’s Rebellion on Jamaica 1760-61

See special website at http://revolt.axismaps.com/project.html

The Legacy and Relevance of Cable St

See the debate on Sheffield University’s History Matters blog site:


Paul Robeson

Robeson sang at the Lincoln Memorial on September 30, 1946 at an event lobbying for federal anti-lynching legislation.

You can listen to an interview with him on KPFA radio in 1958 at


1943 photo:

US National Archives and Records Administration / Wikimedia

Paul Robeson sings out against lynching (1946)

Washington Area Spark / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0) and Unknown / Wikimedia

Paul Robeson portrait (circa 1930).

US National Archives and Records Administration / Wikimedia

If the links do not work gom to source of information at


HLF Expectations Project

Emelia Kenlock writes:

The Expectations project aims to increase public access to the Kenlock photography archive. Neil Kenlock’s work covers three decades from the 1960s to the 1980s, documenting the lives of the first generation, African Caribbean community in the UK. These photos will tell the untold stories of black community leaders taken in their places of work – people for whom there are few biographies available outside of academic texts.

Working closely with volunteers, “Expectations” aims to give the participants the opportunity to discover examples of community leadership and organising, both online on the website, through, social media and a series of public events. Expectations will increase the opportunity for the public to access the stories of the people, campaigns and events in the photographs, many of which have never been seen before.

For more information on Neil Kenlock’s work, please visit:

Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa

You may not have seen this book by  Catherine Higgs (Ohio University Press, 2012).

It traces the early-twentieth-century journey of the Englishman Joseph Burtt to the Portuguese colony of São Tomé and Príncipe—the chocolate islands—through Angola and Mozambique, and finally to British Southern Africa. Burtt had been hired by the chocolate firm Cadbury Brothers Limited to determine if the cocoa it was buying from the islands had been harvested by slave laborers forcibly recruited from Angola, an allegation that became one of the grand scandals of the early colonial era. Burtt spent six months on São Tomé and Príncipe and a year in Angola. His five-month march across Angola in 1906 took him from innocence and credulity to outrage and activism and ultimately helped change labour recruiting practices in colonial Africa.

Previously Burrtt lived in the Whiteway colony set up by socialists and others from Croydon.

The Cost of Liberty: Sacrifice and Survival in Du Bois’s  John Brown

See Alexander Livingston’ chapter in  A Political Companion to W.E.B. Du Bois. ed. Nick Bromell (University Press of Kentucky (forthcoming)




About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's 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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