History Events & News At 6 November


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

17 0UQ

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:




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 http://thecroydoncitizen.com. 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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