History Events etc in Greater Manchester at 19 June

To Sunday 24 September. In Search of the Basque Children in Salford and Eccles  Exhibition

Salford-based artist Claire Hignett has been researching a group of Basque children evacuated from the Spanish Civil War who came to Salford and Eccles in 1937.  Exhibition opening hours, and details of how to attend the free opening event on Sunday 18 June at 1.30pm, are http://www.salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/culture/ordsall-hall/exhibitions/basque

Sunday 9 July. 1.30-3.30pm. The Basque Children in Britain

Talk by Simon Martinez from the Basque Children of ’37 Association UK about  story of the 4,000 children who came to the UK as refugees (including over 100 who came to the Manchester area) from the Spanish Civil War in 1937 after the bombing of Guernica, Bilbao and other towns.

Ordsall Hall, Salford.


Barrington Young

The Manchester based Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust appreciation of Barrington Young who has died reads as follows:

‘Born in 1929 in Kingston Jamaica, Barrington came to England in 1954. Already qualified as a printer, Barrington was encouraged by his brother Vincent who was already here having been in the Royal Air Force since 1944. The printing union’s closed shop policies prevented Barrington from having access to a job in his profession. He first worked at a cotton mill in Royton and wondered why he’d come all this way to get paid half what he earned in Jamaica. Eventually he started working on the railways, where he worked for thirty-nine years as a shunter, a goods guard, passenger guard, then senior conductor before becoming  the first black train inspector in the North West. Barrington regaled everyone with stories about his time on the railways. He built an elaborate train set in his cellar and was an enthusiastic member of the Manchester Model Railway Society.

Barrington was passionate about the importance of education. After retiring he became involved in the Mapping Our Lives project – a group of Caribbean elders who documented their lives and went into many primary schools in Manchester and Trafford to share their stories, their island heritage and their experience of making a home in England. He was deeply concerned that so many black children didn’t understand their own history. He kept himself informed about world events, history and politics as he cared passionately about the need for social justice.  Barrington was a committed Christian, a Deacon in his church and taught Sunday school for many years.  He was active in many Caribbean projects and societies and became a stalwart supporter of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre in Manchester.

Barrington is survived by his wife Herta, following 61 years of marriage. Both had come to a foreign land (Herta is Austrian by birth), found love and kept it shining bright. They have three children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He will be sorely missed by all.’


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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