History Events and News at 26 February

Tuesday 7 March. 7pm. Land of Oak and Iron Project in North Durham and West Tyneside

Kath Marshall-Ivens, Project Community Engagement Officer

North East Labour History Society. Old George Pub, Old George Yard, Bigg Market, Newcastle NE1.

Tuesday 7 March. 12.30pm. Plaque re-Union of Post Office Workers

Alan Johnson,  MP, will unveil Clapham Society’s latest Green Plaque on the former Headquarters of the Union of Post Office Workers (later the Union of Communication Workers).

Metropolitan Crescent, Crescent Lane, Clapham.

If you would like to attend please email crescenthouse@galliardhomes.com or telephone 020 3874 0811.

Thursday 9 March – Saturday 27 May. Vron Ware: 13 Dead, Nothing Said Exhibition

In the early hours of 18 January 1981 a fire broke out at 439 New Cross Road. 13 young black Londoners were killed. In response to public indifference, negative media coverage, and perceived police inaction, thousands of people came together to protest against racist violence on 2 March 1981. Vron Ware’s photographs documenting the Black People’s Day of Action (1981) will be on public display for the first time in this free exhibition at Goldsmiths, London.


Thursday 16 March. 11am-6pm. What’s Happening in British Black History 6

See details below. I am chairing one of the sessions.

Saturday 18 March. 1.30pm – 5pm. Labour Heritage AGM & Meeting

Francis Beckett: (1) Reflections on Aneurin Bevan; (2) Anti-semitism

Stan Newens: 100 years of the Co-operative Party

John Grigg: The Labour Party in the 1920s

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RI

Doors open at 1.30pm; AGM Business Meeting will last 30 minutes from 1.45pm followed by the speakers and discussion,  with a  mid-way break for tea.

For more information, contact Linda Shampan, Secretary of Labour Heritage:   020 8932 0165, labourheritage45@btinternet.com

Saturday 25 March. 9.30am-5pm. Making Connections: travel & communications in West London’s History

See previous blog posting.

Click here for fuller details of talks and speakers. Tickets cost £15. If you’re interested in attending this conference please contact Neil Robson of the Wandsworth Historical Society.

Monday 27 March. 6pm. Cash, Capitalism and Corporations: Battersea and Beyond.

Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN. Tickets are free but advance booking is essential as places are limited. Complimentary drinks are provided. Book tickets at www.bac.org.uk/townhalltalks

Thursday 6 April. 7 for 7.30pm. River Watermen

Talk by Bob Crouch — past Master of the Watermens Guild – on the Thames River Watermen.

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 the school, then named Linden Lodge, which played a very significant part 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.

Saturday 22 April. 11am. Paving Memorial to Wandsworth VCs

No fewer than three Wandsworth born soldiers were awarded the Victoria Cross for outstanding acts of bravery during the First World War. Engraved paving-stones outside Wandsworth Town Hall  will be unveiled to Edward Foster of the East Surrey Regiment (The Tooting Dustmen); Arthur Moore Lascelles of the Durham Light Infantry and Reginald Leonard Haine of the Honourable Artillery Company. A

To Saturday 22 AprilMaking  Jamaica  Exhibition

Photographs of the late nineteenth century at Autograph ABP, London.


To Saturday 22 April. Sam the Wheels: The Great Conflict, Brixton Riots & Other Films Exhibition

Nine short films featuring rare footage of Brixton during the 1960s to 1980s by Clovis Salmon, aka ‘Sam The Wheels’ at Autograph ABP, London.


What’s Happening in Black British History 6 – 16 March

book your place here.

Session One: Beyond the Margins: Diverse Black Histories in Britain; Chair: Alan Rice (IBAR):
Alan Rice (IBAR), Vagrant Presences and Reparative Histories: Lost Children, The Black Atlantic and Northern Britain
Corrine Fowler (University of Leicester), How Writers Can Public Raise Awareness of the Black Histories of Britain’s Countryside and Why It Matters
Theresa Saxon (IBAR), Ira Aldridge in Britain
Raphael Hoermann (IBAR), “The fate of St. Domingo awaits you”: The Haitian Revolution and the Haitian Gothic with White and Black British Radicals, 1804-1819

Session Two: Fathers’ Migration Stories. Chair: Miranda Kaufmann:
Hannah Lowe (Kingston University) Ormonde: Post-War Caribbean Migration through Poetry
SuAndi and Jackie Ould (AfroSolo UK) My Father Always Wore A Dunhill Hat

Session Three: Black British Experiences of War; Chair: Sean Creighton:
John Siblon (Birkbeck College), First World War Memorials of African, Asian and Caribbean Colonial servicemen in Britain
Melissa Bennett (University of Warwick), Deciphering photographs of black military bodies prior to World War One
Lauren Darwin (African Stories in Hull and East Yorkshire), “You black men are not wanted in this country”: Exploring the dichotomy between the experience of Black sailors before, during and after World War One in Hull.

Keynote address: Professor Gretchen Gerzina ((University of Massachusetts, Amherst) Why Black British History Matters: An American Perspective

Final Thoughts and Conclusions. Chair: Michael Ohajuru. Panel: Alan Rice, Elizabeth Burke, Gretchen Gerzina


Mapping Wandle’s Mills

Building Exploratory and Wandle Industrial Museum
are exploring the heritage of the River Wandle through mapping the locations of the water mills and industrial buildings that once powered the various factories in the area. The project is looking for volunteers to help research and develop a series of walking tours, and create an online resource.

If you’re interested in learning more you’ll find detailed information about this project together with contact details by clicking here.

North East Oral Histories

The North East Labour History Society has published transcripts of the personal memories of sixty people from the North East who have spent their lives in the co-operative movement, the mines, other industries, the unions and political activity. These transcripts are a valuable permanent record of peoples’ recollections of their lifetime experiences.


New Writings on Battersea and Clapham

The Richest Crop that it Can Grow: Building Estate Development in 19C Battersea ’ is an article for Keith Bailey in The Local Historian. Now living in Northumberland Keith is an expert on the topic.

The First Clapham Saints is a new book by Timothy Walker showing how Clapham’s early Puritan merchants financed the Mayflower, ran the Navy and played a key role in the slave trade. See more on his website:


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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