History events & news at 5 June

My latest history blog postings:

Diversity among the archives – 2 parts

Wandsworth – 18th Century Powerhouse – 3 parts


To Wednesday 25 July. Harry Jacobs’ photographs exhibition

Harry Jacobs, who started out as a high-street portrait photographer in Brixton in the 1950s, became a messenger through whose photographs Brixton’s Caribbean immigrants could show friends and family back home that they were doing OK.

Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW.

Saturday 9 June, Chartism Day



Tuesday 12 June. Noon-2pm. In the Footsteps of Dr. Thomas Winterbottom (1766-1859)

Walk led by Dr. Malcom Grady for North East Region WEA

The route will go down King St, Ocean Road, South Marine Park, Salisbury Place, the Mariner’s Cottages, Westoe cemetery and ending in Westoe Village, to explain  about Dr. Winterbottom’s association with important and well-known landmarks in South Shields

Meet at the Old Town Hall, Market Place, South Shields

Cost £8

Book online by searching the course ID (C2523867) at http://www.wea.org.uk or you can phone at 0300 303 34 64

Note: Dr Winterbottom was an important supporter of anti-slavery. See my biographical sketch  Thomas Masterman Winterbottom, anti-slavery activist in Topic No. 936 on the North East Popular Politics database at ppp.nelh.net.

Saturday 16 June. Unveiling Sadie Crawford plaque

Commemorating the pioneering jazz musician Sadie Crawford. Her great-nephew Stephen Willis and other family members will be present.

143 Fountain Road, Tooting.

Monday 18 June. 8pm. ADA – how Lord Byron›s daughter became the patron saint of computing

Talk for Clapham Society by local resident and Clapham Society member, David Singmaster, retired professor of mathematics and computer science at London South Bank University and also an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London.

Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common, North Side, SW4 0QW. Bar opens at 7pm.

Thursday June 21. 7.30pm.  Campaigning for peace in Croydon 1816-1960s 

Introductory talks by Sean Creighton and Dan Frost 

Campaigning for peace and against war began after the end of the Napoleonic  Wars and continues through to today. These talks for Croydon Radical History Network will review aspects of such campaigning, organisations and individuals involved and whether they were pacifists or anti-war supporters who were prepared to fight if war broke out.

Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd, CR0 1BD

Part of Croydon Festival of Peace Croydon 16  – 23 June


Charter July

Saturday  7 July. 11am-4pm. Kennington Chartist Project 1848-2018

Day of workshops, participation & action

Pivotal event in the Friends of Kennington Park celebration of the Chartist Anniversary.

The day will include a wide range of Chartist-focused activities from banner making and poster printing to performances by local school children and a choir. There will be displays of historic material, a debate, a Chartist walk, and a children’s parade.

Tuesday 10 July. 7pm. A Funny Thing Happened on The Road to Utopia: North East History and The Art of The Political Playwright

Talk by Ed Waugh for North East Labour History Society and Education 4 Action. Ed Waugh has written around 35 professional stage shows and plays, some of which have been performed throughout the world, inc. Dirty Dusting,  Maggie’s End, and The Accidental Activist. In September his new play (with music) will tour the region, celebrating Joe Wilson (The Great Joe Wilson), “The Bard of Tyneside”. He is currently working on a play about North East women’s football during World War 1, called The Lyon’s Roar.

The Miners’ Hall, Redhills, Flass Street, Durham City, DH1 4BE

Wandle Fortnighh

Black Tudors –

Talks by Miranda Kaufmann June to March

Monday 11 June Social History Society Conference, Keele University

Friday 15 June Heritage of London Conference

Saturday 16 June Greenwich Book Festival

Friday 22 June Wimpole History Festival, Cambridge

Wednesday 15 August Edinburgh Book Festival

Sunday 9 September Gladfest, Hawarden, North Wales

Saturday 29 September Marlborough Literature Festival 

Tuesday 9 October Eastbury Manor House, Barking, Essex

Wednesday 10 October The Golden Hinde, Bankside, London

Thursday 25 October University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Oxford

Friday 15 March 2019 Historical Association, Reading Branch

wandlevalleyforum@gmail.com by July 14th at the latest.

The Citizens Project

This three year Heritage Lottery Fund project led by Royal Holloway, University of London, is charting the history of liberty, protest and reform from Magna Carta to the Suffragettes and beyond. It aims to help students gain a better understanding of the development of the relationship between the citizen and the state in Britain over the last 800 years, considering the causes, scale, nature and consequences of protest to that relationship.

By charting the journey from feudalism and serfdom to democracy and equality, the project will reveal how, in different periods, the state has responded to challenges to its authority and how change was brought about. In so doing, the project will help students to construct an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the citizen both in the past and present.

One of the partners is U3A. The blog section contains a growing number of stories, especially on women’s suffrage. An entry about John Archer is being finalised for posting up.


Claudia Jones videos

There are three videos about US and British civil rights activist Claudia Jones

  • Looking for Claudia Jones

By writer Nia Reynolds and narration by actor Josette Simon (Cry Freedom). Croydon based Nia Reynolds runs Black Stock Films.


  • Civil rights and Communism: Claudia Jones


  • Claudia Jones & Women’s Rights

A brief discussion by Carole Boyce Davies for “Remembering Claudia Jones – Claudia in the Carnival” conversation, Trinidad, January 30, 2014


John Thelwall

Dr Christoph Houswitschka was one of the speakers at the John Thelwall plaque event  on 24 May.


Christoph has agreed I can post his talk on Thelwall and Civic Society here:

A Man for All Seasons – John Thelwall (Christoph Houswitschka)



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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