General History Events & News at 30 January

Friday 24 February. 8pm. Henry Maudslay – industrial innovator

Talk by David Waller on  how a Lambeth-based engineer from a humble background turned London into the silicon valley of the nineteenth century. Henry Maudslay invented precision engineering, which made the industrial revolution possible, helping Great Britain become the workshop of the world.

Wandsworth Historical Society.

Friends Meeting House
Wandsworth High Street, SW18

Thursday 6 April. 7 for 7.30pm River Watermen

Talk by Bob Crouch — past Master of the Watermens Guild

Battersea Society

St Mary’s Church, Battersea Church Road, SW11 3EN. Cost  £5 (on door)

Saturday 22 April. 11am. Unveiling Commemorative Plaque to George Shearing

Jazz Pianist and Musician, George Shearing was born and raised in Battersea. He attended Linden (Now Northcote) Lodge  school, which played a very significant in his musical education before he found fame and fortune in the USA. He died in New York in February 2011, aged 91.

The plaque will be unveiled by George Shearing‘s biographer Alyn Shipton, who is currently the presenter of Jazz Record Requests on BBC Radio 3.

Northcote Lodge Prep School, 26 Bolingbroke Grove, SW11 6EL

Sunday 4 June. Closing date for proposals for papers for the The Spirit of Speed: Culture on the Move in Edwardian Britain Conference

For details see below.

Battersea Heritage Group

Battersea activist Jeanne Rathbone wants to set up an ad hoc Battersea Heritage group. ‘Initially, this would be about having riverside information and/or interpretative boards on Battersea’s industrial heritage stretching from Wandsworth Bridge to Vauxhall Bridge.  It is a very rich history as Battersea had some global companies like Price’s Candles and Morgan Crucible as well as playing its part in early aviation with the Short Brothers, Hilda Hewlett and AV Roe nearby. If you are interested then please contact Jeanne at

Trump, Torture And The Spanish Inquisition: Why Torture Does Not “Absolutely Work”

Discussion piece by Francois Soyer is Associate Professor in Late Medieval and Early Modern History in Southampton.

Butetown’s Migration History

As part of the OCR GCSE Migration course Martin Spafford wrote a pack on Butetown’s migration history. You can access it at

The First Clapham Saints: a London Village 1600-1720

New book by Timothy Walker

£15 available from the author (, or Clapham Books

Blacklisting and infiltration

While the campaign continued last year for compensation for blacklisted building workers, the Guardian reported how the campaign for compensation for illnesses associated with asbestos was infiltrated by a spy company.

Paul Robeson

Picture and story of Robeson picketing against segregation at a theatre in 1947

Paul Robeson visits Scottish coal mine 1949. Includes a video

The Spirit of Speed: Culture on the Move in Edwardian Britain

University of Lancaster, 89 September

The fourth annual conference of the Edwardian Culture Network will be held at the University of Lancaster this coming September, in association with the Edwardian Postcard Project. ‘Taking our lead from James Hissey’s 1909 evocation of travelling in a motor car, or H.G. Wells’s equally-breathless sea-bound finale to Tono-Bungay – we will be exploring the ‘spirit of speed’, as represented, reflected, challenged or wilfully ignored by British culture c.1895-1914. We invite 300-word proposals for papers on any aspect of this theme. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Culture on the move: the significance of postcards, advertisements, newspapers, travelling exhibitions, etc.
  • Reactions to new technologies: motor cars, steam turbines, radio, film, etc.
  • Speed and freedom: travel, independence and access.
  • Rushing into infinity: Speed and the representation of time in art.
  • Placing the brakes on speed: antidotes to the quickening pace of life: stillness, slowness and spirituality.
  • Speed and exchange: The impact of Atlantic crossings on Anglo-American culture.

We will accept proposals for 15 minute presentations and panels; we are also happy to consider experimental approaches and poster ideas. Please e-mail proposals (not exceeding 500 words) to The closing date for applications is June 4th, 2017. Participants from inside and outside academia are equally welcome!’

Remainder Books

The Many-Headed Hydra. Sailors, Slaves, Commoners and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic. Peter Linebaugh & Marcus Rediker

The Zong. A Massacre, the Law and the End of Slavery. James Walvin

People on the Move. Forced Population Movements in Europe in the Second World War and its Aftermath. Pertti Ahonen, Gustavo Corni et al

Settler Society in the English Leeward Islands, 1670-1776. Natalie A. Zacek

Portrait of Newcastle. Tony Hopkins

Portrait of Tyneside. Jason Friend

Critics of Empire. British Radicals and the Imperial Challenge. Bernard Porter

Outcast Europe. Refugees and Relief Workers in an Era of Total War 1936-48. Sharif Gemie, Fiona Reid et al

Dusty Bob. A Cultural History if Dustmen, 1780-1870. Brian Maidment

Labouring Men. Studies in the History of Labour. Eric Hobsbawm

John Theophilus Desaguliers. A Natural Philosopher, Engineer and Freemason in Newtonian England. Audrey T. Carpenter


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 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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