History Events January To March 2017

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 17 January. 5.15pm. Black Tudor and Stuart Seafarers

Talk by Miranda Kaufmann. IHR Maritime History and Culture Seminar, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU.

Wednesday 25 January. 6pm. Battersea: A Working Class History

Talk about he struggle for workers’ rights and the rise of trade unions, the exploding urban landscape of factories and housing estates, and working class life in a borough known for its radical socialist roots.

Free. Battersea Town Hall, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN.

Friday 27 & Saturday 28 January. 7.30pm. Dare Devil Rides to Jarama

Marking the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War, Dare Devil Rides to Jarama is a new play by Townsend Productions based on the experiences of International Brigade volunteers during the Spanish Civil War. In particular it focuses on Clem Beckett, a Lancashire blacksmith and famous star of the speedway track, who joined the International Brigade to defend freedom and democracy against Franco’s rising fascist armies.
Working Class Movement Library, Salford.

Tickets price £12 (£10 concessions) are available for 27th at


and 28th at


Monday 30 January. Closing date for proposals for Visualising Labour Conference

The Labour and Society Research Group at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities is organising a two-day conference on the photographic and filmic representations of labour on 5/6 May. Short abstracts (300 words) for papers are invited.

‘Visualising labour is not a neutral process. Surveillance, propaganda and advertising have depicted labour on behalf of capital or the state. Through genres such as social documentary or activist film and photography, that hegemony has been challenged. This conference seeks to draw together labour historians and scholars of visual culture to examine the visual representations of labour. This cross-disciplinary dialogue has the potential to develop a fruitful exchange of insights, affinities and critical perspectives.’

We particularly encourage papers from those working in the following areas: media representations of work and workers; worker-photography movements; photographic or filmic representations of the experience of working people; gender and the visualisation of labour; the relationship between photography or film and labour movements; photography of place and labour; visual imagery, memory and labour; photography and emotional labour; representations of unemployment and the unemployed.

Please submit abstracts (300 words) and a short CV to Ben Partridge at b.partridge@ncl.ac.uk  before 31st January.

Monday 27 February. 7.15pm. Growing up in radical Croydon: Grace Oakeshott, her associates and their aspirations in the late nineteenth century

Talk by Jocelyn Roberts for Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society. East Croydon Reformed Church (nr EC Station). Roberts has written the book Radical Reformers and Respectable Rebels: How the Two Lives of Grace Oakeshott Defined an Era. (Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137311832)

In 1907, Grace Oakeshott faked her own death by drowning. Aged 35, she left a marriage and a successful professional life in England and fled with her lover, Walter Reeve, to New Zealand. What prompted her to do so? Jocelyn Robson traces her life story through social, political and religious reform movements of the fin de siècle period.

Monday 27 March. 8pm. Up In Smoke: The Failed Dreams Of Battersea Power Station.

Talk by Peter Watts, author of a recent book about Battersea Power Station, on BPS’s  history explaining how it went from unwanted baby-bleaching monster to much-loved riverside ruin. In the process, he will explain why it has taken so long for the building to be saved and asks what the new £8bn development tells us about the future of London.

Clapham Society, Omnibus, 1 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0QW. Bar opens at 7pm.


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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