History Events & News at 9 April

Thursday 27 April. 7pm. 80th Anniversary of the Bombing of Guernica.

Film screening of Steve Bowles’ ‘The Guernica Children’ with Herminio Martinez, one of the Basque children refugees of 1937 speaking about his experiences.

Marx Memorial Library, 37A Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU.

www.marx.memorial-library.org.uk. 020 7253 1485.

Friday 28 April. 3–5pm. Solidarity and the 1984-5 miners’ strike: Oral history project

In March 1984 over 150,000 miners walked out on strike against plans for widespread pit closures. Alongside the dispute developed a large and diverse support movement within Britain and internationally, which provided invaluable practical solidarity. Thousands of people collected food and money, joined picket lines and demonstrations, organised meetings, travelled to the coalfields and hosted activists from the coalfields in their homes. This oral history project will bring together supporters from London and surrounding areas, as well as people from mining areas, in a series of events to recount their experiences of that year. It will provide a permanent record of this important history, which will be held by the TUC Library Collections at London Metropolitan University and will be made publicly available in pamphlet form.

London Metropolitan University, Goulston Street, London, E1 7TP

The event will start with short introductions by Mike Jackson (London Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners), Sally Davison (Lawrence & Wishart and Soundings), and Liz French (Betteshanger Colliery women’s support group), talking about their experiences in the support movement and the strike. We will then open up to a general discussion.

To attend and share your experiences, please sign up at:


‘We are planning a series of these events, so if you cannot make the first one please get in touch with us. Provisional themes for future discussions include black solidarity with the miners; support for the strike from the Greater London Council and other London local authorities; and the relationship between the Kent coalfield and London during the strike (to be held in Kent).’

This project is a collaboration between researchers at the University of Glasgow (David Featherstone and Diarmaid Kelliher), the

TUC Library Collections

and the

Raphael Samuel History Centre

Anyone who supported the strike around London, and people from coalfield areas who were involved with London supporters, and for more information contact Diarmaid Kelliher if they would like to be involved:


Saturday 13 May. 1–4.30pm. Migration of Labour – History of Irish Immigrants to Britain

Guest Speakers include: Austin Harney, Joint SERTUC Race Relations Secretary; Dr. Sonja Tiernan, Liverpool University; Phien O’Reachtigan History of the Parvee Community (Irish Travellers) in Britain.

SERTUC Race Relations Committee, TUC Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London. WC1B 3LS.

Free admission by registration essential: sertuc@tuc.org.uk; 020 7467 1220

Sunday 30 April. 2.30pm. James Connolly

North West Labour History Society will reprise their celebration of the life of James Connolly. Connolly has been described as ‘the strongest and most thorough-going advocate of revolutionary socialism in the British Isles’, and his life will be expressed through his writings, journalism, historical works, poetry, songs and plays.

Chorlton Irish Club, 17 High Lane, Manchester. M21 9D

A travelling version of the Library’s Connolly exhibition ‘We Only Want the Earth’ will also be on display; there will be a bookstall, and light refreshments will be available.

Tickets £5 from wegottickets.com/mancirishfilm or on the door.

Friday 5 & Saturday 6 May. Visualising Labour: Workers and work in photography and film

Labour and Society Research Group, Newcastle University.


Thursday 11 May. Women, Money and Markets (1750-1850) Conference

King’s College, London.


Friday 19 May. Fashioning Dress: Sewing and Skill, 1500-1850

Workshop at University of Warwick.


Monday 22 May. 5.30pm. The Making of the Russian Revolution (why Lenin should have said ‘I’m not a Leninist’)

Neil Faulkner

London Socialist Historians seminar. IHR, Senate House.

Monday 22 May. 6pm. Eric Hobsbawm Memorial Lecture 2017

Catherine Merridale, author of books on Russian history. Her latest work, Lenin on the Train (Penguin Books), tells the story of Lenin’s famous journey to Russia in April 1917.

Senate House. Followed by a reception. Attendance at this lecture is free, but advanced registration is required.


Wednesday 24 May. 5.15pm. Dublin’s Great War, 1912-23

War, Social and Culture seminar. IHR, Senate House.

Wednesday 24 May. 5.15pm. Aristocratic Amateur Drama in the Long Eighteenth Century: Private Theatricals and Public Personae

Judith Hawley , Royal Holloway, London University.

British History in the Long 18th Century. IHR, Senate House.

I have included this one because amateur drama was a passion of the Devalel family in the North East, who among other things were involved in setting up a slave plantation in Florida. See Topic Nos. North East Popular Political database ppp.nelh.net.

Friday 26 May. Writing the History of Youth in the Modern World, 1800 to the present

Conference at University of Sheffield.


Saturday  24 June. Voluntary Action and the Fight for Heritage: 50 years of Conservation Areas, 1967-2017

Voluntary Action History Study Day. St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road, London, NW11 1UL.

Talks by people active in the field, a guided walk around the King’s Cross/St Pancras development area, the AGM and a drinks party.

Times and booking details to be announced.

Thursday 15 June. 7pm. The flame still burns: the creative power of coal

Film event linked to book which explores the sheer power of an industry which created rich, diverse cultures in the different mining communities, and continues to inspire fresh creative work today.

Working Class Movement Library, Salford.


Mobilising Militant Pasts: Histories of Protest, Unrest and Insurrection in Politics and Culture

Call for papers (by 31 May) for Conference at King’s College, London, 31 August & 1 September.





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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