Refugees – Remembering Eleanor Rathbone 1872-1946


Many of us know about Eleanor Rathbone’s campaign for family allowances, but far fewer about her work against the injustices to Jewish refugees when they were interned at the beginning of World War Two.

Dr Susan Cohen, Hon. Fellow at the University of Southampton, gave a talk about Rathbone’s work for refugees at the Voluntary Action History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research on Monday 31 October.

You can listen to Dr Cohen’s talk at the House of Commons in March on

2016  marks the 70th anniversary of Eleanor Rathbone’s death, so there have been a series of events which to celebrate her life and embrace her diverse humanitarian activism.

There is a special website at




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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