History events etc in London at 19 June

To Monday 17 July. Future of Gas holder on Greenwich Peninsula consultation


Thursday 22 June. 2-4pm. African and Caribbean War Memorial Unveiling

This Nubian Jak Community Trust plinth honours the contribution made by African and Caribbean Military Servicemen and Servicewomen as well as addressing the historical omissions that have been made about their participation.

Windrush Square, Brixton

In a letter of support the Queen says:

“It is now over 70 years since the end of that war, but it is just as important to remember the ultimate sacrifice made by those men and women who were prepared to lay down their live for our freedoms.”

Sadiq Khan, London’s Mayor says:

“Britain owes an enormous debt to the African and Caribbean service men and women who fought alongside their British- based peers during the First and Second World Wars.  These brave individuals, who came from what was formerly the British Empire, sacrificed an enormous amount to defend the freedoms that we now enjoy.”

Thursday 22  June. 6.30-8.30pm. Windrush Day

The  Windrush Day Steering Group invites you to join them on in celebrating migration contribution, faith and resilience of multicultural Britain from adversity from rise in hate crime, uncertainty of migrants status post Brexit, terrorists attacks in London and Manchester and the recent tragic event at Grenfell Tower in West London. They will be launching a range of logos as part of the 70th anniversary of Windrush Day 2018 so that anyone can use to promote their events and activities. And they will be reflecting 12 months on since the death of Sam King MBE. They want to hear your plans and ideas for 2018.

Karibu Education Centre, 7 Gresham Road, Brixton, SW9 7PH

Saturdays 24 June &  22 July. Brixton Sound Walking Tour

‘This walking tour will explore the stories and sites that represent more than 100 years of Black music in Brixton. From the musicians who brought jazz to the UK, the record shop that was headquarters to the British civil rights movement, the Trinidadian superstar who created an anthem for the Windrush generation, how the arrival of the sound system that changed British music forever. From dub poetry to dubstep, the radiogram to the radio stations, we will be walking the footsteps of generations of ravers in Brixton – this walk is a “one away” classic.’

Black Cultural Archives. £10.


Tuesday 27 June. 6pm. Memories of Working Life in Nine Elms

Talk by me.

New Union Square, 5 Nine Elms Lane, SW8 5DA


Wednesday 28 June to 1 July Said Adrus: Pavilion & Pavilion V

Two short films by Said Adrus about the role of South Asian soldiers during the Great War and the story of the Muslim Burial Ground at Horsell Common, Woking. The films will be screened on a continuous loop during gallery opening hours.

Wednesday 28 June 6.30pm. Battersea Town Hall ‘If Walls Could Talk’

Tickets are free but advance booking is required as places are limited. Please phone the box office on 020 7223 2223 if you have any access requirements.

Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11

Friday 30 June.  7.30pm. Gas in Greenwich

Talk by Mary Mills for Lewisham Local History Society

Methodist Hall, Albion Road, Lewisham

Friday 30 June. 8pm. WHS AGM, followed by The Putney Debates 1647

Talk by Dorian Gerhold.

Wandsworth Historical Society, Friends’ Meeting House, Wandsworth High Street, opposite the Town Hall

Saturdays 8 July and 19 August. 2-4pm. Nightclubbing with Radicals in Soho (1915-1965) 

This walking tour will trace the web of narrow streets in the central London neighbourhood of Soho. Once known as London’s ‘negro quarter’, it will explore the nightclubs, bars and restaurants of Soho. Tracing the stories of the Caribbean pioneers who brought jazz to London during the First World War, the cafe that was a home to icons of the Pan African movement, the clubs where future statesmen gained their training in political organising and the man responsible for bringing Jamaicans to Brixton.

Black Cultural Archives. £10, £7 concessions


Monday 10 July. 10am-4pm. An introduction to Black and British Art and Artists

The study day will showcase the work by artists of African and Afro-Caribbean descent, learn how these artists, now in major collections both nationally and internationally, have made a major contribution to the cultural landscape of Britain.

Tutor Rovianne Matovu

For more information and to enrol:


020 7450 1934


Morley College 61 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HT

Tuesday 11 July. 7.30pm St George’s Hospital and its Archive’

Talk by Carly Manson, archivist. Tooting History Group.

United Reformed Church, Rookstone Road, SW17 (short walk from Tooting Broadway tube).

Members free, visitors £2.


Tuesday 11 July. 7.30pm. Cables at Telcon after 1866

Talk by Richard Buchanan for Greenwich Industrial History Society

The Old Bakehouse, Bennett Park, SE3 – small theatre in the back of the Age Exchange Shop –in The Village opposite Blackheath Station.


Thursday 20 July. 7-9pm. The Politics of Music: Steel Pulse and Handsworth Revolution

Steel Pulse is a pioneering and award-winning reggae band that exploded onto the British music scene in the 1970s. Drawing on Jamaican artists such as Bob Marley, Bearning Spear, Heptom and the Abyssians, Steel Pulse were part of a movement of Black musicians that traced the lineage of their cultural roots back to Africa. Conversation with Mykaell Riley, former Steel Pulse band member, Director of Black Music at Westminster University, researcher, producer, and longstanding singer/songwriter.

Black Cultural Archives, Windrush Square, Brixton



Saturday 29 July. 2pm. Thomas Spence and the Land Question

Talk by Professor Malcolm Chase.

Socialist History Society.

Marx House, 37A Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU

Snapshot of Greenwich Peninsula – ‘innovation, Enterprise and Change on the Greenwich Peninsula’ by Mary Mills

New book describing Enderby House and telecommunications. gas works, ship and barge building, steel works and the Blackwall Tunnel and more. £8 + £2 postage and packing. To order by post, write to M. Wright, 24 Humber Road SE23 7LT or email marymillsmmmmm@aol.com. For local sellers go to



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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