History Events & News at January

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General Events

Wednesday 1 February. 4-6pm Trench Humour in World War One

Jerry Palmer, Professor of Communications London Metropolitan University and Visiting Professor of Sociology at City University

Gaskell Building, Room 239, Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge. Middlesex, UB8 3PH, UK

Please email Comedy.Studies@brunel.ac.uk to reserve your place.

Thursday 2 & Friday 3 February. The Putney Debates 2017. Constitutional Crisi s in the United Kingdom

Prof A. C.  Grayling, Baroness Onora O’Neill, and Prof Robert Hazell

St Mary’s Church, Putney,  SW15 1SN

Reserve your ticket at: putneydebates2017.co.uk

Saturday 11 February. 2-5pm. Labour Heritage West London History Day

Speaker on Collecting Oral History; Barbara Humphries on the Women’s Co-operative Guild;  and John Grigg on the 1918 ‘Coupon’ Election in West London.

Hammersmith Quaker Meeting House. Nigerl Playfair Ave (off King St), London, W6 9JY

Further information from Barbara Humphries: mickandbarbara@btopenworld.com

Tuesdays from 14 February. 11am-1pm. Radical Women 1914-1979

10-week history class taught by Michael Herbert, the author of  “Up Then Brave Women”: Manchester’s Radical Women 1819-1918. This course will be an introduction to some of the key movements and events which changed women’s lives in the 20th century.  It is open to all; no previous knowledge is necessary. The course will include the following: Women’s anti-war movements in the First World War; Women  councillors in the 1920s; Campaigns for birth control in the 1920s; The General Strike of 1926; Women’s Hunger Marches in the 1930s; Women volunteers in the Spanish Civil War; The Women’s Parliament in Manchester during the Second World War; The work of Joan Littlewood and Shelagh Delaney in the 1950s and 1960s; Peggy Duff and  the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament; The emergence and influence of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the  1960s and 1970s.

Working Class Movement Library, 51 The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX.

For more information and/or to book a place on the course, email Michael Herbert: redflagwalks@gmail.com

Tuesday 21 February. 10.30am–12 noon. William Morris 1834-1896.

John Hawks of Wandle Heritage and Merton Priory Trust.

West Barnes Library, Station Road, Motspur Park, KT3 6JF

Tuesday 21 February. 6-8pm. History Acts 04: Here to stay, here to fight

Panel: Antonia Bright, Movement for Justice; Lisa Matthews, Coordinator Right to Remain; Dr Becky Taylor historian; Paul Dudman Archivist University of East London

An opportunity for historians with an interest in questions relating to migration to engage with activists.

Dreyfus Room, Birkbeck, University of London, 26 Russell Square, WC1B 5DQ

Free, no need to book. Contact Steffan Blayney sblayn01@mail.bbk.ac.uk  or Guy Beckett gbecke01@mail.bbk.ac.uk for more information

History Acts is a new radical history forum, affiliated to the Raphael Samuel Centre, based at the University of London. Our goal is to bring together radical and left-wing historians and contemporary activists.

Friday 24 February – Tuesday 11 April. Making Jamaica: Photography from the 1890s 

Exhibition uncovering the history of how the image of modern Jamaica as a tourist destination – and tropical commodity – was created through photography.

Autograph ABP, London

Monday 27 March. 7pm (bar opens). 8pm ‘Up in Smoke: The Failed Dreams of Battersea Power Station’

Peter Watts author of a recent book about Battersea Power Station

Clapham Society, Omnibus, 1 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0QW. www.claphamsociety.com

Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Labour History Society

Saturday 11 March. 2pm. Women in British Coal Mining

Prof. Chris Wrigley. Bridge Street Methodist Church, Mansfield

Saturday 13 May. 2pm. Social and Political Context of the Pentrich Rising

Prof. John Belchem. Nottingham Mechanics.

Saturday 24 June. 2pm. Courage of Conscience: North Derbyshire WW1 Conscientious Objectors,

Speakers are local researchers at Chesterfield Friends’ Meeting House.


IHR Seminars at Senate House

Monday 30 January. 5.30pm. Hesitant Comrades: the Irish Revolution & the British Labour Movement

Geoffrey Bell.

Tuesday 31 January. 5.15pm. Documenting British slave-owners in the Caribbean c.1763-c.1860

Keith McClelland (University College London)

Wednesday 1 February. 5.15pm. Scottish Artisans “in and out” of London and the Shaping of the Craft Economy, c 1750-1830

Stana Nenadic (University of Edinburgh)

Friday 3 February. 5.15pm. Reunite without delay: The Suffragettes of the Women’s Social and Political Union

Alexandra Hughes-Johnson (Royal Holloway University of London)

Monday 6 February. 5.15pm. British and German colonial violence in South West Africa

Mads Bomholt Nielsen (King’s College London)

Monday 13 February. 5.30pm. Walls Come Tumbling Down. From Rock Against Racism to Red Wedge

Daniel Rachel

Friday 17 February. 5.15pm. Circulation and commodification of prisoners of war in 18th century: the case of the Caribbean

Renaud Morieux (University of Cambridge)

Friday 24 February. 5.15pm. The Dutch East India Company and the Atlantic (1700-1800)

Chris Nierstrasz (Rotterdam)

Wandsworth Heritage Festival 27 May – 11 June

This year’s  theme is Industrial History.

On 1 June I will give a talk on Wandsworth -18thC Powerhouse at the Town Centre Library on Garratt Lane, and lead a walk around the Town Centre and to the mouth of the Wandle (date to be finalised).

GLL the organisers are asking for proposals by 31 January. Please contact Gillian McGrandles, Senior Library Assistant, Wandsworth Heritage Services: 020 7223 2334.


Leslie Braine-Ikomi

Collector of images of the African Diaspora from the 1700s to the mid 20th century and African Art.

‘My collection includes original Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian paintings and prints of the black and white working classes in the United Kingdom and Europe. Porcelain, Glass, Bronze, Books , Slave Trade material and African and Tribal Art.’ I am always looking for opportunities to work with people on interesting projects to show the African Diaspora from the 1700s onwards, in the U.K. and abroad with a different approach to people’s lives and their History.’


US Labor History Resource Guide


New book on Michael Manley


Miranda Kaufmann on ‘Black Tudor and Stuart Seafarers’ with Robert Elms


BBC Radio Discussions on Black History



Britain at Work January/ February Newsletter

  • Tribute to Dario Fo, an Italian satirist with a lifelong commitment to staging working class political theatre
  • The context of Fo’s work is based in the turbulent 1960’s Italy, an era of working class revolution vs state repression
  • The Mary Quaile Club hold discussions on history and politics with the aim of reaching a new generation of political activists through conferences, film shows etc to highlight current issues
  • A report looking back on Britain at Work London in 2016 and a look forward at the plan for 2017
  • Book review of Adrian Tempany’s personal account of surviving Hillsborough and his analysis of footballs transformation post-Hillsborough

With the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution in 2017, the Britain to Work West London team is inviting its  readers to write a short article on: ‘How did the Russian Revolution influence me?’ We will publish these in the newsletter throughout the year (250 words maximum).

Please get writing and email dave@britainatworklondon.com or write to: 15 Wellington Road, Norwich, NR2 3HT




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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