History events at 29 April

Tuesday 2 May.  7-9pm. Hunting The Hun.

Talk by Liz O’Donnell, Rosie Serdiville and Silvie Fisch discuss the project about the lives of people from German communities and their relations to the indigenous population in the North East of England before, during and after the First World War.

North East Labour History First Tuesday talk.

Old George Inn, Old George Yard, Newcastle, NE1 1EZ


Saturday 13 May. 12.30-4.30pm. From Black History Month To African History Month 30 Years On

An opportunity to hear about how Black History Month was introduced in Britain, where it’s at, and where it should be going, especially this year, as we mark its 30th anniversary; and history’s role in addressing UN’s IDPAD (International Decade For People Of African Descent) initiative.’

Unite The Union, 128 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8TN.

To book go to:


Saturday 20 May. 2pm. Oxford Communist, Indian Nationalist & Tibetan Buddhist. The Unconventional Life of Freda Bedi

Talk by Andrew Whitehead, following AGM (1pm).

Socialist History Society, Marx Memorial Library, Clerkenwell Green.

Wednesday 31 May. 6pm. Boom time: The Social Impact of the Industrial Revolution in Wandsworth and Battersea

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance at on


Wednesday 31 May (7pm), Saturday 3 & Saturday 10 June (11 am & 3pm). Guided Tour of Battersea Arts Centre

As there are limited spaces please book in advance on 020 7223 2233.

Saturday 3 June. 11am-4.45pm. Getting Going with Oral Labour History

Britain at Work (B@W) 1945-95 in association with British Universities’ Industrial Relations (BUIRA) IR History Group and Oral History Society (OHS)

For further details or to reserve a place, please email Michael Gold (m.gold@rhul.ac.uk) or Linda Clarke (clarkel@wmin.ac.uk)


An example of a local project Oral History Toolkit (North East Popular Politics Project) can be seen at:


Tuesday 6 June. 6.30pm. The development of a Victorian suburb

Walk by Timothy Walker tracing the development of the area between Clapham and Wandsworth Commons.

Clapham Society.

Meet at Clapham South Underground Station at 6.30 pm.

Thursday 15 June. 3.30-6.30. Toolkit Launch: Improving Records Management in Charities

 The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St. James’s, London, SW1Y 5AH.

What records do charities need to keep? How long should they be retained? What legislation and regulations on record keeping do charities need to comply with? Learn more about these topics at the launch of a new toolkit to help charities and voluntary organisations improve records management.

Keynote speaker Bruno Longmore (National Records Scotland.)

Free to attend and open to anyone with an interest in the voluntary sector, including staff, volunteers and trustees of charities. Ends with networking session.

To attend please register here:


For background discussion on archiving issues see my piece:


Thursday 22 June. 6.30pm. Slavery in Small Things: Slavery and Modern Cultural Habits

Professor James Walvin gives the first of the NELH Jubilee talks.

Free, but to ensure your place, please call the Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society on 0191 232 0192.


Monday 26 June 8pm. Black Cultural Archives: Past, Present and Future

Talk by Victoria Northridge. BCA Collections Manager

Omnibus, 1 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0QW.

Doors and bar open from 7 pm.

Union of Post Office Workers in Clapham

Following the recent unveiling of its Green Plaque celebrating the change of the Union of Post Office Workers Headquarters in Crescent Lane, to apartments by Galliard Homes, a brief history of the building on its website.


Britain at Work

The new  May/June newsletter contains:

  • ‘Revolution and Russian art between 1917-1932’ a review of the recent exhibition at the Royal Academy.
  • Chris Birch tells us how the Russian Revolution affected him.
  • an extract of London bus workers discussing rank and file in the 1980s. The full transcript is on the website at www.britainatworklondon.com
  • review of the recent exhibition at Willesden Library “We are the Lions” which commemorated 40 years since the Grunwick factory dispute in which mainly South Asian women went on strike for nearly two years.


Video of Darcus Howe funeral

Kwaku of Black British Music has put a video of the funeral here:


Local community’s goal to save Paul Robeson’s birthplace


The Lives of Famous African Americans

Paul Robeson, W. E. B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, George Washington Carver, Paul Dunbar, Benjamin Banneker, Marian Anderson, Arthur Ashe, Frederick Douglass, Carter G. Woodson, Harriet Tubman, Charles Drew, Aretha Franklin, Martin Luther King, and Bessie Coleman are subject to a special series of books. For details see:


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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