History events & news at 4 August

Tuesday 29 August. The Spirit of ’77: Revisiting and Contextualising the Battle of Lewisham

History Department, Goldsmiths


 September. Lambeth Heritage Festival


1-2 September. The British Society of Sports History Annual Conference, University of Worcester


 Tuesday 5 September. 7pm. ‘The Big Hewer

Talk  Eric Wade. North East Labour History Society.

Old George Inn, Bigg Market, Newcastle.

 Saturday 16 September 9.30am-4.30pm. Fifty Years of Activism, Northumbria University  Day School

A collaboration between the Histories of Activism Group at Northumbria University, and the North East Labour History Society.

This day school will reflect on the last fifty years in the North East, and especially the great changes that have occurred in politics, culture and society.

Keynote Speaker: John Charlton. Workshops on Culture and Music, Labour Activism, Women and the Women’s Movement, The Peace Movement, Politics, Co-operatives, Trade Unions and the World of Work, Growth of Ethnic Diversity in the North East.

The backgrounds of the participants will be mixed, including academics presenting their research, as well as activists and historians working outside of a formal academic framework.

To book your place in this Day School, please let us know at moderator@nelh.net. Attendance is free, and coffee and lunch will be provided.

Updates and new information will be posted on the day-school page: http://nelh.net/event/day-school-fifty-years-of-activism

Tuesday 26 September. 7pm. North East Labour History Society Annual General Meeting

With talk by Nigel Todd on Responses in the North East to the Russian Revolution

Mining Institute, Newcastle.

Tuesday 26 September. Launch of Manchester Black History Month


Tuesday 3 October. 7pm. Joe Wilson, the Gallowgate Lad

Talk by Dave Harker for North East Labour History Society.

Old George Inn, Bigg Market, Newcastle.

Tuesday 7 November. 7pm. ITG on Tyne – The Work of the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers Federation,

 Talk by  Doug Miller for North East Labour History Society.

Old George Inn, Bigg Market, Newcastle

Northamptonshire Archives drops charging plan

Northamptonshire Archives  proposed  a £31.50 an hour charge for people using its facilities. In response to growing objections they have dropped the plan.




(Thanks to Prof. Andrew Prescott at Glasgow for drawing this to my attention.)

Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust Newsletter


Len Johnson, Manchester’s Communist Black Boxer


African resistance to the slave trade


Earl Cameron unveils blue plaque to Ira Aldridge in Coventry


The diversity of the Caribbean and its role in world history

Listen to the discussion on Patrick Vernon’s Museum of Groves. It includes Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, author of The Caribbean and the World.


Thomas Spence, Land Nationalisation and the Housing Crisis

On Saturday 29 July Malcolm Chase gave a lecture on the life and ideas of Thomas Spence and land nationalisation for the Socialist History Society. Discussion included the question of whether his ideas remain relevant today. There was a consensus that the issue of land ownership was a major problem at the room of the housing and developer crises.  I suggested that his ideas on building a democratic Britain up from the parishes remained an inspiration to thinking about the need for major reform in governance.  I have written a piece stimulated by the lecture at









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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