Combined Diary of Events May

This posting has been created as lots of dates of events in May have been spread across several previous posts.

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10.00am-6.00pm (last entry 5.30pm). Black Sound Exhibition. Black British Music’s Journey of Creative Independence

This exhibition tells the story of 100 years of musical creativity and DIY ingenuity. Overcoming the majority status quo of the music industry, Black British music has migrated from the margins to re-master the mainstream. This exhibition celebrates the pioneers that made it happen – the players, the promoters, the producers and the punters that changed Britain’s cultural history.

This timely exhibition combines sound, moving image and archive material, to dynamically tell the story of Black British music. Black Sound takes you through three phases of this musical journey: Original Imports, D.I.Y Culture and Re-mastering the Mainstream. These themes are consistent throughout the history of Black British music, linking individuals, generations and genres – tracking the evolution of multi-cultural Britain through sound.

Free admission. Audio-guided tour for £3

Black Cultural Archives, Windrush Square, Brixton

Until Saturday 27 May. Vron Ware’s photographs documenting the Black People’s Day of Action (1981) 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 documented this historic occasion in vivid detail. While the images capture the defiant solidarity of the women and men taking part, they are supplemented by shocking evidence of the way it was subsequently reported by the Fleet Street press.

Goldsmiths, University of London, Richard Hoggart Building
Kingsway Corridor, Dixon Road, London, SE14 6YZ.

Tuesday 2 May. 10.30am – 12.30pm. What does good public engagement look like?

Healthwatch Croydon Forum event

Mind in Croydon, 10 Altyre Road, Croydon CR0 5LA

To book a place go to:

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

Tuesday 2 May. Tayo Aluko at  book launch: Black German,

by Theodor Michael, Liverpool University

Wednesday 3 May. National Landlord Investment Show

Croydon Council will be exhibiting at the event and will be on hand to answer any questions about its Landlord Schemes.

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)

Saturday 6 May. Tayo Aluko

King’s College Old Boys’ Association, North America Branch. Gala event, North Bethesda, MD. Songs from Just An Ordinary Lawyer. Click here for info.

Sunday 7 May. 8pm. Folk & Blues Singers’ Night

Ruskin House

Wednesday 10 May. 7pm. Rubbish, refuse, recycling and flytipping,

Croydon Communities Consortium meeting.

St Michael’s Church Hall, Poplar Walk, CR0 1UA.

To attend book your free ticket at

Wednesday 10 May. 7.45pm. Davis Theatre Memories

This talk by Carole Roberts about the Davis Theatre, which stood in the High Street Croydon from 1928 to 1959, will include photographs, the main events up to the 1940s and a closer look at the attractions of the 1950s.

CNHSS, East Croydon URC, Addiscombe Grove

Thursday 11 May. 1-2.15pm. The impact of unmet housing accessibility needs on disabled people

Croydon Green and Older People’s activist Jay Ginn encourages anyone who is able to go to this University of London, School of Health Sciences, Disability and Social Inclusion seminar.

It will explore the findings of a recent report by the London School of Economics around the need for accessible housing, which shows that unmet need has a significant impact on the likelihood of a disabled person being in work; indicates that there is a clear potential for more disabled people to be owner occupiers; and explores the ways needs have changed over time.

Room AG03, College Building St John Street, EC1V 4PB

To book a place please email Doria Pilling: (please give a contact no.)

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

King’s College, London.

Friday 12 May. Film as part of Ruskin House’s 50th Birthday

Ruskin House

Saturday 13 May. 12.30pm. Croydon TUC May Day March

& Rally from North End to a rally at Ruskin House. Part of Ruskin’s 50th birthday. Ruskin House

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 but registration essential:; 020 7467 1220

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 13 May. Call Mr Robeson

Crich Glebe Field Centre, Derbyshire

Sunday 14 May. Just an Ordinary Lawyer: Tayo Aluko

Doncaster Unitarian & Free Christian Church

Sunday 14 May. 8pm. Ruskin House’s 50th birthday

Dave Marshall & Singers of Trade Union & Labour music

Tuesday 16 May. 6.30-8.30pm. Young People Insight Forum  on Mental Health

The YP Insight Forum is where 16-25 year olds can make their voices heard, munch on snacks and meet a bunch of new people in a relaxed environment. The talking point for May will be Mental Health. ‘We’ll be questioning our understanding of mental health, why it has become a national crisis and how we can change the stigma surrounding mental health. We’ll also be joined by some guest speakers, so be ready for an interesting conversation and bring any questions you might have.’

Project B, 1 Bell Hill, Croydon, CR0 1FB

Free, but if you plan to go you can let the organisers know in advance at

Thursday 18 May. 5.30pm. Slavery and Jamaican Appeals to the Privy Council, c. 1760-1790

Talk by Kennedy Sanderson (University of Cambridge)

IHR History Lab Seminar, IHR, Senate House, London

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

Workshop at University of Warwick.

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.

Saturday 20 May. 8pm. Cinema Ruskin

‘The quiet Man’ (John Wayne) 1952 plus shorts. – £2. Ruskin House

Sunday 21 May. 1pm-5pm. Whitgift School Gardens

Wallabies, peacocks and flamingos roam an enclosed area of the grounds, which are home to a a series of fascinating and beautifully maintained gardens including a Japanese garden and exotic patch. There is also a maze to explore. Most areas are accessible by wheelchair as well

109 Addington Road, West Wickham, BR4 9BG

Open Garden Event

Sunday 21 May . 8pm. Les Elvin and Singers’ Folk & Blues Night

Ruskin House

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.

Monday 22 May. 7.45pm. A Miscellany of Croydon Conflagrations – Lessons from some Great Croydon Fires

A talk by John Hickman.

CNHSS, East Croydon URC, Addiscombe Grove

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

Thursday 25 May. 1-2pm. Samuel Coleridge Taylor

Talk by his biographer Jeffrey Green

£3. Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton

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

Conference at University of Sheffield.

Sunday 28 May.  8pm. Folk & Blues Singers’ Night

Ruskin House

Tuesday 30 May. Poetic Insight: Mental Health

Poetic Insight is a platform for young people to showcase their poetic talents in Croydon. ‘It is an opportunity for them to make their voice heard through spoken word and speak their mind through poetry.’

Young People Insight event.

Project B, 1 Bell Hill, Croydon, CR0 1FB

Free, but if you plan to go you can let the organisers know in advance at

Tuesday 30 & Wednesday 31. Just an Ordinary Lawyer: Tayo Aluko

Manchester Central Library

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 020 7223 2233.

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

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


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 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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