History Events December and News

Every day in December. 10am-10pm. Journey to Justice exhibition

Rich Mix, Bethnal Green – near Shoreditch and Brick Lane.

This PDF contains photos of the setting up of the exhibition from Martin Spafford, a member of JtJ:


To 28 January. Exhibition in a Box

Autograph ABP’s pop up photography archive of rare portraits of black and Asian lives in Victorian Britain.

Tues, Weds, Fri: 9.30am – 5.30pm; Thur: 9.30am – 8pm; Sat: 10am – 5pm

Hackney Museum, Ground Floor, Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ

Tuesday 6 December. From 7pm. The North East Labour History Society Christmas Social

The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Bar, Quiz, Bring and Buy Book Stall, Raffle and Entertainment from Bethany Elen Coyle

Bring along family and friends and your unwanted novels/ history/politics books.

Raphael Samuel Memorial Lecture 2016

 Wednesday 7 December. 7pm. Private and Public: Writing a Memoir about Raphael and Myself

Talk by Alison Light, Raph’s widow and Hon. Prof.  English, University College London.

Free but please reserve your place https://rsmemoriallecture2016.eventbrite.co.uk

Arts 2. Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

To locate the venue, please click on this campus map: www.qmul.ac.uk/docs/about/26065.pdf

Thursday 8 December. 1pm. The Black British Supplementary Schools

Lunchtime talk by Emma Harrison, BCA Assistant Archivist.

Black Cultural Archives, Windrush Square, Brixton.

To book in advance go to


Thursday 8 December. 6pm. Battle for the Ballot

Matt Hill (Quiet Loner) will be performing, songs about radicals and reformers, suffragists and suffragettes, strikes and struggles.

Booking required at http://quietloner.eventbrite.co.uk, suggested donation £5.

People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER

Thursday 8 December. 6pm. London’s Waterscapes: Land Drainage Water Supply in the Eighteenth Century’

Talk by Carry van Lieshout (Cambridge)

University of Greenwich, Room 075 (Edinburgh Room), Queen Anne Court, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London, SE10 9LS

The growth of London’s built-up area as a result of rapid expansion during the eighteenth century had a profound impact on the city’s management of water. New areas had to be drained to prevent water flooding homes; at the same time these houses required a water supply for household uses as well as for fire-fighting purposes. This talk evaluates the changes in London’s visual and cultural waterscape as a result of the city’s expansion further away from the Thames, and the extent to which these are still visible today.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be available. Just turn up or book here https://londonwaterscapes.eventbrite.co.uk

Friday 9 December. 6pm. Haiti benefit: How The Mangrove 9 Won

Speakers: Althea Jones Lecointe, Ian Macdonald QC & Linton Kwesi Johnson

Buy tickets on the door: £5 low waged; £10+ high waged. More if you can. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Trinity United Reform Church, Buck St, London NW1 8NJ


Saturday 10 December. 11.30am. Human Rights Day

Rich Mix. Bethnal Green.

Music & Dance: Naga MC, Grand Union Choir, Lemzi, Sing Tower Hamlets, Romford Rebels, Kemi. Poetry: Girlz United, JtoJ Live; Speakers: Rushanara Ali MP, Dame Helena Kennedy, Roger McKenzie, Dan Jones, Roisin Gewirtz-O’Reilly. Guest of Honour: Jean Stallings, veteran US anti-poverty and civil rights activist. Compere: Tower Hamlets author and guide Dave Rosenberg.

FREE but book tickets in advance from


Remembering Conrad Russell

Battersea historian Penny Corfield remembers Conrad Russell, Historian of Stuart Britain


See the index to Penny’s blogs at


West London Britain at Work November/ December Newsletter

It contains articles on

  • social history perspectives. Is it time for a fresh movement?
  • understanding Labourism by Colin Waugh
  • a new film on C. L. R James made by hundreds of volunteers
  • 26th November 40 years since Grunwick strike conference at Willesden

Download here: britain-at-work-london-newsletter-23

Main BaW project website: http://www.unionhistory.info/britainatwork

Paul Robeson

  • In Edinburgh


  • Louis Farrakhan on Robeson


  • Proud Valley on show in Wales


  • Steve McQueen on Robeson





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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