General History Events At 1 November

Wednesday 9 November. 2pm.  Engels, the Burns Family and the Manchester Irish.

Talk by Mervyn (Chair, British Association for Irish Studies)

Working Class Movement Library, Salford.

Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 November. Historical Materialism Conference 

Includes sessions on

The Black Radical Tradition (1): The Legacy of Cedric J. Robinson (I): Race, Law and the Black Radical Tradition; Black Sansculottes and Ambitious Marionettes: C.L.R. James, Cedric J. Robinson and the Critique of Political Leadership

The Black Radical Tradition. The Legacy of Cedric Robinson (II): Power and Resistance: The Historical Materialism of Cedric J. Robinson; Black Marxism and the Promise of Other Orders; Racial Regimes of Representation and Ownership: Thinking through Property with Cedric J. Robinson

Imperialism, Colonialism, Marxism:  Lenin as a decolonial thinker; “The Time Has Come…” M.N. Roy and the problem of anti-colonial Marxism; The Humanity of Franz Fanon

SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh St., London, WC1H 0XG. See:

Wednesday 23 November. 2pm. Alfred Evans, WW1 conscientious objector

Talk by veteran Bolton peace campaigner  Malcolm Pittock   about his uncle Alfred Evans, one of the conscientious objectors taken to France in 1916, court martialled for refusing to fight and sentenced to death although that sentence was then commuted.  The talk will include sound recordings of Alfred speaking about his experiences and about what motivated his stand.

Working Class Movement Library, Salford.

Sunday 27 November. Radical Readings and Salford Stories 2. 2pm

Christopher Eccleston, Sheila Hancock, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Mike Joyce and Maxine Peake, will participate in an afternoon of prose, poetry and drama telling stories of radicalism and revolution. Writings of Ewan MacColl, Robert Roberts, Shelagh Delaney, Harold Brighouse and many more, as well as readings on such diverse subjects as Peterloo, the Spanish Civil War, Engels’s view of the Salford slums, and memories of Broad Street and Rat Week…

Working Class Movement Library fundraiser at Maxwell Hall, University of Salford, Salford M5 4WU.

Tickets for this fundraising event are £12 (including booking fee and administration costs). Book at

Thursday 19 January. 6.30pm for 7.00pm. The Story of Louise & Ida Cook

Talk by Louise Carpenter

Ida and Louise Cook ‘lived at number 24 Morella Road, Wandsworth, for more than 60 years, from shortly after the First World War ended until the very last years of the Cold War. These opera-mad sisters, one of them a prolific writer for Mills & Boon, decided to use their obsession and their new-found wealth for a higher purpose – to transport Jews out of Germany as Europe headed inexorably to war. traces the extraordinary story of Ida and Louise Cook’.

Battersea Society. St Mary’s Church, Battersea Church Road, SW11 3NA. £5 on door.



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 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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