Thursday 12 January. 7.30pm. Battle of the Darwins
Debate on the great Darwin’s, Charles and Erasmus. Who had the greatest impact. This talk is delivered by a Darwin descendant.
£5 per ticket, booking essential. Refreshments available. 01543 306260
Organised by Erasmus Darwin House at College Hall, The Close, Lichfield
Monday 16 January Just an Ordinary Lawyer
Tayo Aluko’s play about Britain’s first Black judge the Nigerian Tunji Sowande, who was also a singer and keen cricket lover. Finding himself stranded in the Heart of Empire, he muses on Black liberation struggles worldwide. He insists he is no political aficionado, but is content to contribute only through his music and songs.
Theatre Royal Bath. To book go to
There is likely to be a three week run of the play in London in January – details to be confirmed.
Summerstown Project (Tooting) Events
Tuesday 8 November 7.30pm. ‘Sid’s Tooting Plaque’
The story of Britain’s youngest First World War soldier Sidney Lewis and the unveiling of his Blue Plaque in Garratt Lane through Geoff Simmonds’ talk and see a film prepared for the occasion.
Tooting History Group
£2 admission for non-members – Tooting United Reformed Church, Rookstone Road SW17 9NQ
Friday 11 November. 2- 4.30pm. Discovering your First World War Ancestors
FREE event – Earlsfield Library, Magdalen Road, SW18 3NY
Summerstown182 genealogists Marion, Sheila and Colin will be on hand to help you discover your family military history. Bring along any WW1 artefacts or memorabilia for expert identification.
Saturday 3 December. 2pm. ‘Walking in a Wandle Wonderland’
FREE event. – Starts 2pm at St Mary’s Church, Wimbledon Road, SW17 0UQ
Summerstown182 Guided Walk through the industrial heartland of the Summerstown182; featuring The Corruganza Girls, Wimbledon Stadium, The Lost Streets of Earlsfield, Coppermill Lane and Mrs Buckler’s Gunpowder Factory all on the banks of the River Wandle.
Tuesday 17 January. 7.30pm. Friends of Summerstown182 Meeting
Church Hall of St Mary’s Church, Wimbledon Road, SW
Saturday 28 January. 2pm. Summerstown182 Winter Walk
FREE event – meet St Mary’s Church, Wimbledon Road, SW17 0UQ
Legacies of British Slave-ownership Centre
The new Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership was launched in London on 28 September. Nick Draper is Director, Rachel Lang Administrator/Researcher and Keith McClelland as Digital Humanities Consultant. Former head of the predecessor project Catherine Hall is Chair of the Centre.
The team is continuing to add new information to its online database, including
- another 300 addresses to the British map with a 1,000 more still to add
- the slave registers for Trelawny parish in Jamaica, with those for St Thomas-in-the-East, St Thomas-in-the-Vale, St Andrew and St Catherine to be added.
Black and British: A Forgotten History
This four-part BBC2 TV series is being presented by David Olusoga starts on Wednesday 9 November at 9pm.
Black Cultural Archives and the BBC have produced an exhibition of images from the series at
Members of the British West Indies Regiment from Barbados in FWW – see: