History events and news

Tuesday 7 August. 6.30pm. The Labour Party in Historical Perspective

Launch of a Socialist History Society Occasional Publication. Speakers: Graham Taylor and Duncan Bowie. Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9DX, UK On Entry fee £3 redeemable against purchase.

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7 September . Closing date for proposals for What’s Happening in Black British History Workshop 9  – 8 November


The organisers welcome proposals for papers and presentations on a wide variety of themes relating to the history of people of African origin or descent in the UK. As this year is the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush they are particularly keen to receive papers on the Windrush Generation and their impact on Britain.

Presentations for 15-20 minutes. Please submit a title and a brief description of your presentation either in writing (no more than 300 words) or in some other form (for example a clip or podcast) to Dr. Miranda Kaufmann. Also proposals  for a complete panel with a coherent unifying theme, and the proposal should include the abstracts of three related presentations and the names and affiliations of the presenters. The organisers would also be interested in providing A-level students, undergraduates or graduate students with an opportunity to give presentations on projects relating to Black British History.

4 October. Call Mr Robeson

Tayo Aluko’s one man show at the Court Theatre, Thring, Hertfordshire


8 November. 11am-6pm. What’s Happening in Black British History Workshop 9  

WHBBH 8 November

Reception at end. Registration fee of £20 (£10 for students/unwaged) to cover the costs of lunch and refreshments. Requests to register should be sent to olga.jimenez@sas.ac.uk.

Paul Robeson

  • Danny Glover’s views


  • Ole Man River

Tayo Aluko will feature singing the song on the BBC World Service programme to be aired in November. Tayo will be touring in the States and Canada in August.

  • Guardian review of Jeffe Sparrow’s Book


Books Reviews

Emopire of Guns




Podcasts on BBC Radio

The Turban Bus Dispute


Black music in Europe. A Hidden History


Articles of interest

The number of articles on black history, colonialism and imperialism, in History Today and BBC History Magazine seems to be increasing.

Beyond Radical Chic. The Black Panther Party. Tom Adam Davies discusses how its image and legacy remain as political and racially divisive as ever . (HT. April 2018)

Martin Luther King. Discussion by historians. (BHM.  April 2018)

National Gallery series: Morocco (HT. April 2018)

The British Slave Trade. Ellie Cawthorne & James Walvin look at Liverpool. (BHM. April 2018)

Aboriginal cricketers bowl over the British. (BHM. May 2018)

In The Bubble and the Big Easy Matthew Stallard tells us that John Law pioneered the foundation of New Orleans  and Louisiana for the French with 7,000 French colonists and 1,900 enslaved Africans arriving by 1720. Its initial failure was turned around by the 3,600 Africans who skills with rice and indigo were responsible for the first successful crops. (HT. June  2018)

Succession Deposition and Fratricide. Gemme Masson writes on how new sultans tried to keep their thrones. (HT. June 2018)

In Explorers and Orientalists Zareer Masani discusses the cultural curiosities inspired generations of British imperialists to unearth India’s past. (HT. June 2018)

Justice in an unjust world tells the untold story of African Americans’ civil cases in the segregated South. (HT. June 2018)

Many who arrived on the Windrush had risked their lives for Britain”. Michael Wood on immigration. (BHM. June 2018)

Taming Pocahontas. Andrea Severson discusses how a story of captivity, salvation and conversion became a tool to justify Britain’s conquest of the New World. (HT. July 2018)

Princes, Profits and the Prophet. M. C. Rickless examines 18th Java and the conflict between Dutch traders and a Turk. (HT. July 2018)

National Gallery series: Melanesia (HT. July 2018)

Emperor Akbar. Michael Wood discuss the Emperor’s views on religious toleration. (BHM. July 2018)

“London is the Place For Me”. David Olusoga on the complex story of imperial subjects attempting to exercise their rights in the face of institutional racism. (BHM. July 2018).

Nelson Mundell discusses the Runaway Slaves in British project: www.runaways.gla.ac.uk.  (BHM. August 2018)

Queen Victoria’s Other Indians. Miles Taylor profiles. (BHM. August 2018)

Book Reviews:

Partition. Barry White-Spunner. Simon & Schuster. Reviewed by Zareer Masani. (HT. April 2018)

Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa. Paul Kenyon. Head of Zeus. (BHM. April 2018)

Sufism: A New History of Islamic Mysticism. By Alexander Knysh (Princeton) (HT. June 2018)

Reframing the Alhambra: Architecture, Poetry, Textiles , and Court Ceremonial. Olga Bush. Edinburgh UP.  (HT. June 2018)

Shashi Taroor. Inglorious Empire. Penguin. (BHM. June 2018)

Letter: The forgotten suffragette. Re- Sophia Duleep Singh – with photo. (BHM. May 2018)

Image: Portrait of a Negress by Marie Guillemine Benoist. 1800. In article on  women painters. (HT. May 2018)




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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1 Response to History events and news

  1. Charlotte says:

    Cool! That’s a clever way of loknoig at it!

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