Radical History events from 12 May

To Saturday 27 May. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10am-6pm Partisan Coffee House Exhibition

The fascinating story of this New Left coffee house, founded by Raphael Samuel alongside Stuart Hall and others.  The exhibition includes previously unseen photographs by renowned documentary photographer Roger Mayne, alongside archive material, film clips and sound recordings.

Four Corners Gallery, 121 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0QN

Free entrance.

Gallery Talks: Curator Mike Berlin will be giving gallery talks on Fridays and Saturdays during the exhibition. Book a place:


Further information: go to



Tuesday 16 May.  6-8pm, History Acts 06: Reclaiming the media

An opportunity for historians with an interest in questions relating to the media’s coverage of radical politics to engage with activists.

The Panel will be speakers from: SKWAWKBOX , Evolvepolitics.com, Women Against Rape and Dr Laura Beers (Birmingham University)

Dreyfus Room, Birkbeck, University of London, 26 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DQ

Free, no need to book. Contact Steffan Blayney sblayn01@mail.bbk.ac.uk  or Guy Beckett gbecke01@mail.bbk.ac.uk for more information.


Thursday 25 May, 6pm. Blue and Green: Coastal Cities and Environmental History

Talk by Stephen Mosley exploring the complex environmental relationships of coastal cities with the sea. Using examples of different types of coastal cities, it surveys how growing urbanisation, trade, industrialisation and tourism impacted on shorelines and the sea over time. It asks how communities have adapted to the challenges and risks of living in coastal cities and offers some suggestions for further research

Room KW002, King William Court, Greenwich campus.

Booking: V.J.Taylor@greenwich.ac.uk if you’d like to come or book a free ticket with Eventbrite here


Raphael Samuel History Centre with the University of Greenwich, Greenwich Maritime Centre/Dept of History, Politics and Social Sciences


 Working Class Movement Library Salford events

Wednesday 24 May. Alison Ronan The real rebels of WW1

Wednesday 7 June. Stephen Mustchin – Strikes, workplace occupations and ‘the right to share hardship’: engineering trade unionism and the 1980 occupation at Gardner

Thursday 15 June. 7pm. National Coal Industry Vesting Day Commemoration

This year is the 70th anniversary of the nationalisation of the coal industry.  Vesting Day for the National Coal Board was 1 January 1947. This event will show a selection of films produced by the versatile and creative NCB Film Unit between 1947 and 1984, introduced by Granville Williams, editor of The flame still burns: the creative power of coal, 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.

Admission free; all welcome.

Wednesday 21 June. Dean Kirby – Angel Meadow

Wednesday 5 July. Bruce Wilkinson – Three Lancastrian poets of the ’60s

Wednesday 19 July. Dave Randall – Sound system: the political power of music

The talks are from 2-3pm. Full details at www.wcml.org.uk/events





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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