History events & news at 11 March

History lectures

A lot of history lectures by academics are being cancelled due to the strike action over University staff pensions. Some will be re-scheduled. An example is Voluntary Action History seminar by Alex Murdoch on food banks on 12 March at Senate House. The organisers state:

‘This is one of days on which the university lecturers union has called for strike action in support of their dispute with the employees over the future of their pensions. This will include a picket line at Senate House which we have no intention of crossing. At time of writing it is possible that the action might be suspended if the employers return to the negotiating table but we cannot depend on that happening  and wanted to be sure that those wanting to take part were not let down at short notice.’

The seminar will now take place at 6pm on Monday 25 June.

7 March onwards. Family Ties – The Adamah Papers Exhibition

New exhibition at Black Cultural Archives follows the Adamah family’s journey to rediscover their connection to a Ghanaian King and the preservation of their family traditions here in Britain.

For more details and for other events at BCA go to


Tuesday 13 March. 6pm. Memorials in Lambeth Project

Introductory meeting of the joint heritage project between the Friends of Carnegie Library and Lambeth Archives to restore and interpret a collection of memorials, many of which come from the former All Saints, South Lambeth. The project is looking for local people who would like to be involved. There are lots of volunteering and training opportunities  which will be outlined at this meeting.

Lambeth Archives, Minet Library, 52 Knatchbull Rd, SE5 9QY

Saturday 7 April. Noon-3pm. Chartism drop-in day

Focus on honorary Mancunian Ernest Jones.

Working Class Movement Library, Salford.

Lambeth Local History Walks


NHS 70th Anniversary

Steve Reed, Croydon North’s Labour MP reminds us that the NHS will be 70 years old on 5 July.

‘What a perfect opportunity to celebrate one of the country’s best loved institutions that has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation. None of this would be possible without the extraordinary dedication of NHS staff, as well as many charities, volunteers and communities who work tirelessly, every day, to support the service.’

He is backing the NHS awards scheme – see:


A video showing NHS history highlights can be seen at:


Manchester University has a project to record memories.


For a working class and people’s history perspective see:



The Independent article on the creation from 2008 is still worth reading


It reminds us that the Tories voted against the formation of the NHS 21 times before the Act was passed, including both the Second and Third reading, partly because they feared the feckless poor would overload the service!

Jo Stanley postings

These are just two more of the many postings Jo is making:



Paul Robeson

  • Jackie Robinson at HUAC


*       Peekskill Concert Riot 1949

Photo at


For story see History Today article from 2012:


  • Review of Jeff Sparrow’s biography

has been published by the Times Literary Supplement.

Commemorating song writers – John Latouche

The cult of singers often means that people do not know about who song composers were, like the American John Latouche whose songs included Taking a Chance on Love sung by Ethel Waters and Ballad of America sung by Paul Robeson. See review of Howard Pollack’s biography of Latouche, which includes a video of Walters singing the song.



The British Mosque. An architectural and social history. Shahed Saleem. (Historical England. March 2018). 9781848020764


Prefabs. The social and architectural history of 20th-century prefabricated housing. Elisabeth Blanchet & Sonia Zhuravlava. (Historic England. July 2018). 9781848023512


Baroness Amos backs Cecil Rhodes protest


Reflections of Leo Panitch on growing up in post-war Canada and the anti-communist climate


Mike Seifert remembered



Tayo Aluko on Martin Luther King

‘50 years ago this April, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was taken from us. As it happens, my first public performance this year was as part of a celebration of his life in Brooklyn, New York on January 14. That performance provided additional meaning to my being in New York, where I happened to be promoting my two plays again at a huge performing arts conference/market which will hopefully result in several more performances in the USA later this year and next year.’

Tayo’s Lawyer show is being performed

March 17: Riverside Barn, Walton-on-Thames
March 29: The Lowry, Salford



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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