Cover of forthcoming book
Tuesday 25 April. 6.15pm. Blackamoores and Tudor England – The Untold History of an Influential Era
Narrative Eye at The Library, Willesden Green, 95 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2SF
‘Current research proves that the population of Tudor England was considerably more diverse than we have been led to believe. There was a notable population of African people living and working in Tudor England, providing skills and trades. The lives of these people are often omitted from the mainstream teaching of the Tudor period. Join the historian Onyeka, as he examines this vital research and evaluates the importance of this untold history.
Friday 28 April. 8pm. The First World War Memorial in St Mary’s Church, Summerstown and its 182 Stories
Talk by Geoff Simmons of the Summerstown182 Project, telling the story of the 182 Tooting men who lost their lives in various battles of WWI.
Wandsworth Historical Society, Friends Meeting House, Wandsworth High St.
Thursday 4 May. Meeting the Crafts
Friday 5 and Saturday 6 May. ‘Visualising Labour: Workers and Work in Photography and Film
‘Visualising labour is not a neutral process. Surveillance, propaganda and advertising have depicted labour on behalf of capital or the state. Through genres such as social documentary or activist film and photography, that hegemony has been challenged. This conference seeks to draw together labour historians and scholars of visual culture to examine the visual representations of labour. This cross-disciplinary dialogue has the potential to develop a fruitful exchange of insights, affinities and critical perspectives.’
- Strike Photography (1926, 18936, 1968)
- Post-war and Contemporary Photography (Hungary, Canada) plus Peter Brabban, Photographer – A Lifetime in Photography (member North East Labour History Society).
- Inter War Photography (France, east coast fishing industries
- Labour in Film (inc. Tyneside Story (1943) and co-operation)
Thursday, 18 May, 5.30pm. Slavery and Jamaican Appeals to the Privy Council, c. 1960-1790
Talk by Kennedy Sanderson (University of Cambridge)
IHR History Lab Seminar, IHR, Senate House, London
Thursday 8 June. 7 for 7.30pm. Living Between the Lines. How the railways shaped Battersea
Find out why Wandsworth Common is one of the most dissected pieces of open space in London, or why three sets of railway lines converge at Queenstown Road.
Talk by Dr Sue Demont.
Battersea Society’s contribution to Wandsworth Heritage Festival.
St Mary’s Church, Battersea Church Road, SW11 3EN
£5 on the door (includes glass of wine or soft drink)
Tribute to Darcus Howe
Croydon resident and black rights activist and journalist Marc Wadsworth pens a tribute to Darcus Howe, who lived in Norbury and died on 1 April aged 74.
About 1,000 people attended the event organised by Black Cultural Archives in Brixton to pay tribute to Darcus Howe.
The funeral took place on 20 April. Coverage can be seen at
The Guardian obituary can be seen at
London Rd History: 154 – Co-op Croydon Funeral care
Kake’s latest posting looks at the address where the Co-op has been for over 70 years.
Black Tudors: The Untold Story
Miranda Kaufmann’s book will be published in October.
Unknown Black Portraits in a London Pub
See Michael Ohajuru’s blog
John Archer honoured at Wandsworth Citizenship Ceremony
My history, political and social affairs writings on the internet