History Events & News at 23 April


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.’

Sessions on:

  • 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)



Slavery and Jamaican Appeals to the Privy Council, c. 1760-1790

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




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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