History events & news at 8 July

Saturday 28 July. 1.30pm. Annual John Burns Walk – emphasis on women activists

I will be leading the annual John Burns walk organised by Battersea & Wandsworth TUC. There will be a focus on the contribution of local women (past and present) to the development of suffrage.

Meet at John Burns grave in Battersea Cemetery, Battersea Rise.

It will be followed by a barbecue at the Bread and Roses pub in Clapham Manor St 4.30 – 6.30 pm. Speakers from 5pm: Leonie Cooper, and Marsha De Cordova. Starting at 9pm there will be dancing to Northern Soul Disco.

To Saturday 14 July Durham Miners Gala. Politics, Pits and Protest events

Miners’ Hall, Redhills, Durham City, DH1 4BE

including on Wednesday 11th. 6.30-9pm: Miners and their unions: can we make the world a better place? Miners’ Hall, Redhills Committee Room, organised by Independent Working Class Education Network. Full programme can be seen here:


Wednesday 12 September. The Saving of Battersea Village

Veteran architect Nicholas Wood tells the story of how in the final days of the GLC its architects department helped in the fight to save Battersea Square, retain the village street line and redevelop the Althorpe Estate as a prizewinning low-level development with newt reserve and garden.

Dimson Lodge, 141 Battersea Church Road, SW11 3NR. £5 (on door)

British Library web resources include:

Women of the Windrush:


Newspaper images. If you search ‘newspaper’ you will find a few images of interest including  Duleep Singh’s trial, the Tolpuddle Martyrs trial, the League of Coloured Peoples, the Peterloo Massacre and the Antigua Free Press (July 1829).

Sadie Crawford Plaque unveiling

Details and photos can be seen at.


Can you spot me leaning against a wall!

Canada’s years of slavery

The story of two centuries of slavery in Canada is still seen there as a well hidden secret. CBC radio has been running a series on the history, which can be listened to here:


along with other information, Taking part is Afua Cooper of Dalhousie University.

At  Afua’s invitation I spoke at the  Canadian Black Studies Association conference on A Forgotten History: Black Canadians and Britain’. When she visited London we gave talks at the Institute of American Studies, mine being on British & Canadian Black History Connections. This was followed by my paper Exploring aspects of the relationship between Britain and ‘Canadaat the annual British Society for 18thC Studies Conference in January 2016.

Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing – the Black National Anthem 

This song by the African-American composers the Johnson brothers is subject to an exhibition at Yale University. Details can be seen at:


Other on-line exhibitions include:

Moving Earth: ‘Capability’ Brown, Humphry Repton and the Creation of the English Landscape

Hot Spots: Highlights from the Jazz Collections in the Gilmore Music Library

Bulldog and Panther: The 1970 May Day Rally and Yale

Global Encounters and the Archives: Britain’s Empire in the Age of Horace Walpole

Britain, Florida and Jackson’s crushing of free maroon communities






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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