Wednesday 15 & Thursday 16 February 10am-12pm. ‘Is this Art?’
Museumand, the National Caribbean Heritage Museum, will be leading a series of informative sessions discussing: What is art? How to view art? The works of some of the artists featured in ‘The Place is Here’ exhibition: Getting to know more about the artists and how they make their art. There will be a tour of the galleries.
Free. Refreshments will be provided. All ages welcomed.
The Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB
For more information, contact Catherine Ross: 0746 918 9550; firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 16 February. 5.30-pm. The British Empire and the Origins of the American Revolution
IHR North American History Seminar talk by Professor Andrew O’Shaughnessy, University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello. Senate House.
Friday 17 February. 5.15pm. Circulation and commodification of prisoners of war in 18th century: the case of the Caribbean
IHR Economic and Social History of the Early Modern World, 1500-1800 seminar talk by Renaud Morieux, University of Cambridge. Senate House.
In the eighteenth century West Indies, unlike in Europe, prisoners of war were rarely detained for long periods: they were normally exchanged locally, between the different islands of the West Indies. This raises two main issues: first, due to the distance from the metropolis and the empowerment of local authorities which derived from it, governors and local assemblies took responsibility for determining the conditions and timing of these exchanges. The debate over who should pay the cost of maintaining locally and transporting prisoners of war reveals the institutional and financial tensions between the islands, and between the islands and the metropolis. Second, the exchanges of prisoners of war raise the issue of their ‘worth’ as well as their role in enabling the continuation of commerce in wartime, including between enemies.
Tuesday 21 February. 6.30pm. The sinking of the SS Mendi
Commemoration of the sinking of the SS Mendi on 21 February 1917 which saw the death of hundreds of WWI colonial troops from the South African Native Labour Corps (SANLC).
Narrative Eye, The Library, Willesden Green, 95 High Road, NW10 2SF.
To book go to – ssmendi210217.eventbrite.co.uk
Monday 27 February. 5.30pm. The Peculiar Career of Colonel John Ward, MP
IHR Socialist History seminar talk by Mike Haynes. Senate House. Billed in error as John Walsh. Ward was SDF activist in Wandsworth and ally of John Burns in the New Unionism wave.
Wednesday 1 March. 6pm-8pm. Is this Art?
See 15 & 16 February.
Thursday 23 February. 6.15pm. Summerstown182
Talk by Geoff Simmonds on the Tooting FWW project at Tara Theatre in Earlsfield to coincide with Tara Arts production of ‘Chigger Foot Boys’ about the experiences of Jamaican soldiers in the First World War. £3. Space is limited so you will need to book!
Tuesday 28 February. Noon-1pm. The Spanish Civil War and Wigan
Talk by Charles Jepson.
£2.50 including tea/coffee. To book go to https://wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Museums-archives/whats-on.aspx
Museum of Wigan Life, Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NU.
Monday 6 March. 5.15pm. Industry, Leisure and Regeneration along Teesside’s Steel River
IHR Sport & Leisure History seminar talk by Dr Tosh Warwick, Leeds Beckett University and Middlesbrough Council
Tuesday 7 March Noon-1pm. George Orwell – The Road To Wigan Pier at 80.
Talk by Stephen Armstrong. £2.50 including tea/coffee. Museum of Wigan Life, Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NU.To book go to
Wednesday 8 March. 5.30pm. Racism on Display
IHR Public History seminar talk by Jessica Moody, University of Portsmouth. Senate House.
Thursday 9 March. 5.30pm. Chattel slavery/“wage slavery”: reconfiguring free and unfree labour,1833-1848
IHR Reconfiguring the British: Nation, Empire, World 1600-2000 seminar talk by Keith McClelland, UCL. Senate House.
Monday 13 March. 5.30pm. “No Yankee Rule for us Negro British West Indians”: U.S. Annexation
IHR Imperial and World History seminar talk by Reena N Goldthree, Dartmouth College. Senate House.
Wednesday 15 March. 5.15pm. Scandalous politics: popular interest in the private lives of the Whig oligarchs
IHR joint Parliaments, Politics and People and British History in the Long 18th Century seminar talk by Stewart Tolley, Independent scholar. Senate House.
Thursday 16 March. 8pm. Dare Devil Rides to Jarama
Play about by Clem Beckett, sportsman and fighter in Spain Bury Met, Market Street, Bury, BL9 0BW. (Greater Manchester)
To book go to
For other February and March performances see
Saturday 18 March. Liberty’s volunteers: the tireless legacy of the Spanish Civil War
The International Brigade Memorial Trust are holding this year’s Len Crome memorial conference at the Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB. The topic is Full programme and registration details at http://www.international-brigades.org.uk/content/18-march-manchester.
Friday 7 April. Charles Parker Day 2017
Charles Parker was the producer of documentaries such as the Radio Ballads. It celebrates fifty years of local radio with the first manager of BBC Radio Sheffield (the second station to come on air), Michael Barton, who went on to become Controller of BBC Local Radio. Further details at www.cpatrust.org.uk/days.
Tickets (£30/£20 concessions): https://bookwhen.com/charlesparkerday.
Saturday 8 April. 10.30am – 4.30pm. Trade Union Organising in the Workplace and the Community
IWCE (Plebs) day school in East Anglia This will include discussion/ talks on organising migrant workers, the role of trades councils, the activity of Unite Community and new forms of union organising sponsored by the IWWGB in cleaning and catering employment and organising insecure jobs/ zero hours contracts etc.
Methodist Church, Norwich
For further details email email@example.com
New Books and papers on the web
Chris Moores. Civil Liberties & Human Rights in Twentieth Century Britain. History of National Council for Civil Liberties. Cambridge University Press.
Tosh Warwick. From First World War anti- German sentiment to ‘white riots’ in 1960s Middlesbrough’s ‘little Harlem’: Cannon Street, conflict and urban belonging.
Penny Corfield. Time, religion and history – Review
Penny Corfield on gender history.
Penny Corfield on Dorothy Thompson