History events and news at 22 April

Council housign

Published by Verso this month this important book is by John Boughton who runs the Municipal Dreams blog:


Friday 27 April – Thursday 27 September. The power of unity: 150 years of the TUC

Exhibition at Working Class Movement Library, Salford. Open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and the first Saturday of most months 10am-4pm.

In 1868 at the Mechanics’ Institute in Manchester a meeting took place that became the first successful attempt to bring together the trades unions. This exhibition celebrates 150 years of the TUC and looks at the continuing need for unions now.

Monday 30 April. 7.30pm. Revolutionary sermons, democratic chapels and rebellious hymnals: religion in the Chartist movement

Dr Mike Sanders, Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth Century Writing at the University of Manchester, will give the fifth annual Luddite Memorial Lecture. He will explore the role which religious ideas played in the Chartist struggle for basic democratic rights, and consider why religion was important to the Chartist movement and the ways in which Chartism challenged conventional Victorian religious ideas. He will be looking at the ‘revolutionary sermons’ of the ‘Chartist’ preacher, the Reverend Joseph Rayner Stephens, the ideas contained in the only surviving Chartist hymnal – the ‘National Chartist Hymn Book’ – and the role of Chartist and Democratic Chapels within the Chartist movement.

The lecture is presented by Huddersfield Local History Society and the University of Huddersfield History Department.

Free event; all welcome.

Bronte Lecture Theatre (BG05), University of Huddersfield

Thursday 17 May. 2-5pm. The future of unions – reaching out to young workers.

Discussion at Working Class Movement Library, Salford

Wednesday 9 May. 7-8.30pm.  The archive and Historical Geographies of the Black Presence

Caroline Bressey and others talk about their work.

Autograph ABP, London

Further information and to book see


Thursday 1 June, Closing date for proposals for The British Society of Sports History 2018 Annual Conference

This will be held Friday 7 – Saturday 8 September at the University of Westminster

Abstracts must be emailed directly to rafaellenicholson40@hotmail.com

Miranda Kaufmann’s Black Tudors

Miranda’s book has been shortlisted for the Wolfson History prize.


I will be selling the book at the What’s Happening in British Black History workshop in Huddersfield on Thursday 10 May at the discounted price of £15, and purchasers will be able to ask Miranda to sign. It would help me ensure I have the right number of copies if you email me you request for a copy at sean.creighton1947@btinternet.com

The programme for the day is at


BAME seafarers

Dr Jo Stanley has posted up a bibliography at


Cliff Pereira (former BASA Chair) has loaded up:

  1. Hyslop, “”Ghostlike’ Seafarers and Sailing Ship Nostalgia: The figure of the Steamship Lascar in the British Imagination c.1880-1960”, Journal for Maritime Research, 16:2, 2014, 212-228.


Jewish participants in the Second World War

  • GI Jews


  • Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

The Uprising started on 19 April 1943


*       Eric Sanders

Eric’s books are reviewed 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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