History events & news at 12 February


SS Mendi

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; hello@museumand.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 davidwelsh83@btinternet.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




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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