History events and news at 30 August


Monday 4 September. 2.30pm. Vauxhall Gardens history walk

David Coke, co-author with Alan Borg of Vauxhall Gardens: A History, will lead ‘The Heyday of Vauxhall Gardens’, a Vauxhall Society/vauxhallhistory.org guided walk, on Monday 4 September 2017. The walk marks the traditional end of the season for this world-famous open-air attraction.

Meet a bit earlier outside Starbucks, Vauxhall Station.

Duration: approx 1.5 hours

Suggested contribution of £5 to The Friends of the Tate South Lambeth Library.

Wednesday 6 September. 6.30pm. Plaque unveiling former Plough Brewery

Clapham Society’s 11th Green Plaque will be unveiled on the former Plough Brewery at 516 Wandsworth Road, SW8 3JX.

The unveiling will be followed by a tour of the building and a drink in the courtyard.

Free, but you MUST reserve your place in advance with Joy Breen joy.breen@marstonproperties.co.uk or 020 7736 7133.

Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September. Heritage Open Days

There are open days. You can search anywhere in the country at https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting

Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September. 2pm.  Working Class Movement Library Heritage Open Day Salford

‘Behind-the-scenes’ tours on  Book in advance via info@wcml.org.uk.

Wednesday 13 September. 6pm.  Martin Luther King In Newcastle


Tuesday 26 September to Saturday 21 October. ‘Our Histories Revealed’: African Stories in Hull & East Yorkshire


Wednesday 1 November. 5.30-8pm. Parliamentary Speaker History Book Launch  and Talk

Launch of Mary Clayton (ed.), A Portrait of Influence: Life and Letters of Arthur Onslow, the Great Speaker (Parliamentary History: Texts & Studies, 14, 2017).

Talk on the history of the Speaker’s office, a toast to the new volume, and a wine reception.

If you are able to attend, please kindly reply before 25 September to gswilliamson@virginmedia.com, so that a formal invitation for purposes of admission can be sent to you, and a list of guests sent to the Speaker’s Office, which is required one month beforehand.

Sponsors of this event: Penelope J. Corfield, on behalf of London University’s Long Eighteenth-Century History Seminar, and the Parliamentary History Trust.

Tayo Aluko Forthcoming Performances: Call Mr Robeson, Lawyer, plus

13: Reading from Black German, by Theodor Michael, with translator Eve Rosehnaft. International Slavery Museum, Liverpool
Sept 22: Lawyer, Thomas Tosh, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
Sept 23: Lawyer, Birchvale Theatre, Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
Sept 24, 25: Lawyer, Swallow Theatre, Whithorn, Scotland
Sept 29: Robeson, Bedwas Workmen’s Hall, Caerphilly, Wales SOLD OUT
Sept 30: Robeson, Memorial Hall, Letterston, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Oct 1: Robeson, Bedwas Workmen’s Hall, Caerphilly, S Wales
October 5: Lawyer, Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
Oct 6, 7: Lawyer, Unity Theatre, Liverpool
Oct 7: Robeson, Unity Theatre, Liverpool
Oct 11: Lawyer, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, Gtr. Manchester
Oct 14: Lawyer,  Millom, Cumbria

Oct 15: Songs of Robeson (& Comrades). IBAR Conference, Preston, Lancashire
Oct 19: Lawyer, Lakeside Theatre, Colchester, Essex
Oct 20: Lawyer, African-Caribbean Association, Wellingborough, Northants
Oct 21: Robeson, Nottingham Contemporary
Oct 23: Lawyer, The Y, Leicester
Oct 27: Lawyer, Dugdale Arts Centre, Enfield, London
Oct 28: Robeson, Dugdale Arts Centre, Enfield, London
Nov 24: Robeson, Stanley Halls, South Norwood, London
Nov 25: Robeson, Market Theatre, Ledbury, Herefordshire

Working Class Movement Library Wednesday talks 2pm

13 September. Comparing Manchester, Lancashire and Bangladeshi traditional song. During a research visit to Dhaka this year, Jennifer Reid discovered many links between Manchester and Lancashire traditional songs and those from Dhaka and Sylhet. Using the shared cotton industry which has acted as a bridge between the UK and Bangladesh, there are relevant comparisons to be made.

27 September.  Could Salford produce another Shelagh Delaney? Round table discussion In anticipation of this year’s Shelagh Delaney Day, join Shelagh’s daughter Charlotte Delaney, her biographer Selina Todd and MaD Theatre Company to discuss whether opportunities exist for young working class women to find a voice and an audience almost 60 years after A Taste of Honey first appeared.

1 October. Sheila Cohen on The Grunwick strike – drowning in support, starving for action

25 October. Angela Whitecross. The Co-operative Party 100 years on – a reflection

8 November. Andy Clark. The occupation of the factories – women’s resistance to factory closure in Scotland, 1981-82

22 November. Cathy Hunt. Brave hearts and missionary zeal – the National Federation of Women Workers 1906-21

6 December. Neil Faulkner. A people’s history of the Russian Revolution

Full details at www.wcml.org.uk/events.

John Blanke

The John Blanke Project about Henry VII and VIII’s African trumpeter has just produced its first newsletter.



Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

The September newsletter of the Sc-T Network is now on its website and can be accessed here



Historians on Charlottesville and the Confederate Monument Debate








US Genocide Against American Negroes

Paul Robeson presented “We Charge Genocide,” a book-length petition by William Patterson, to the UN Secretariat in New York on Dec. 17, 1951


When the Harlem Renaissance Went to Communist Moscow


Paul Robeson In Prague


Robeson Book Review

Robeson book



Civil Rights Activist celebrates being 100


The Reparations Debate


The Birtley Belgians

Keith Armstrong from Northern Voices has written a poem, ‘Friends of the Graves: for the Birtley Belgians’ which connects to a youtube video commissioned by the Birtley Belgians Euro-etwork



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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