Thursday 13 September. Midnight. Closing date for applications to be Trustee for Journey to Justice
Journey to Justice wants to appoint a new trustee with the skills, experience and commitment to promoting human rights. JoJ is a human rights education charity, which aims to galvanise people to take action for social justice by teaching about human rights movements and the arts. It does this with stories and exhibitions, training and events run by local cross-community teams. Please contact the JtoJ Director, Carrie Supple for an informal conversation and further information: firstname.lastname@example.org. For a role description and application pack, email Pat Boyer, JtoJ Secretary email@example.com. For more information about JtoJ: www.journeytojustice.org.uk. Apply by sending a CV (if you have one) and a letter telling us why you would like to be a JtoJ trustee.
Friday 14 September. Closing date to register for course on Industrial North East at Northumbria University – see details blow.
Bishopsgate Institute Courses
Personal diaries, photographs and press cuttings in the Institute’s collections are the centre piece of hands-on archive sessions led by the Interpretation Manager Dr Michelle Johansen. They include: The Threat of War – Everyday Life in the 1930s; On the Home Front in London (1939-1945); and A History of British Radicalism (1830s to 1980s). For details and to book see http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk
Wednesday 12 September. 7 for 7.30pm The Saving of Battersea Village
Veteran architect Nicholas Wood in conversation with Angela Roden about 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.
Battersea Society event. £5 on the door.
Dimson Lodge, 141 Battersea Church Road, SW11 3NR
Wednesday 19 September. 6pm. Joseph Cowen and Tyneside Society: Newcastle Lit and Phil
Talk by speaker Bill Lancaster
The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SE
Wednesday 19 September. 7pm. Eleanor Marx: A Biography
Eleanor Marx led an extraordinary life as a labour organiser, trade unionist, translator, actor, writer, and feminist. Join Professor Sally Alexander in conversation with Eleanor Penny, for a discussion about the life of this radical Londoner.
Bishopsgate Institute. To book go to:
Saturday 22 September. 2pm. Political Victims of the Nazis
Merilyn Moos, author of Breaking the Silence, Voices of the British Children of Refugees from Nazism.
Socialist History Society public meetin. Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU – nearest tube Farringdon
The Nazis’s first enemy was the German organised working class. Within days of the Reichstag fire in February 1933, thousands of Communists had been arrested; ‘protective detention’ of the left, including trade-union leaders, continued for months. Later, the Nazis treated any German who had fought with the International Brigades as a traitor. Millions of Soviet Prisoners of War died as a result of Nazi barbarism; even as Germany faced final defeat, Soviet POWs were picked out to be killed in the camps. This is the less well known story of those the Nazis were determined to destroy.
Saturday 22 September. 2pm Alice Foley – readings from A Bolton Childhood
The North West Labour History Society presents readings from the autobiography of Alice Foley, trade unionist, suffragist and labour activist. She was the first woman to become a full-time union official in the Lancahire cotton industry.
Meeting Room, Bolton Central Library.
Thursday 27 September. 6.30pm for 7pm. Industrial Battersea
Dorian Gerhold, historian and Chairman of the Wandsworth Historical Society, will cover the industries of Battersea, Wandsworth and Putney, from the earliest known enterprises to the 21st century. Talk hosted by Battersea Power Station Development Company in memory of Battersea Society trustee David Lewis.
The Village Hall, Battersea Power Station, Arches Lane, SW11 8AB
£5 donation (on the door)
3 October. The Making and Breaking of Industrial North East England, 1770–1990
Start of course at the Department of Humanities at Northumbria University in Newcastle, open to members of the public. For full details, go to:
Thursday 11 October. 6pm. Purchasing Paradise: origins of the money that financed the great gardens
Professor Roderick Floud, Gresham College
History of Gardens and Landscapes Seminar
Institute of Historical Research. Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
Thursday 18 October. 6.30 for 7pm. The Life of Caroline Ganley
A talk by Sue Demont, Secretary of the Battersea Society and local historian, on Caroline Ganley – a socialist, co-operative movement and Labour Party activist, who served on Battersea Council and was Battersea South MP 1945-51.
St Mary’s Church, Battersea Church Road, SW11 3NA
£5 donation, (payable on the door)
Saturday 20 October. 11am. Unveiling of Caroline Ganley Commemorative Plaque
5 Thirsk Road, SW11 5SU.
Lord Dubs and Caroline Ganley’s grandsons will be present.
Meet outside the main entrance of Battersea Arts Centre.
Thursday 1 November. 7pm. Sounds of Suffrage: a concert of women’s music and voices, 1900-1925
Members of the Berkeley Ensemble with Dr Kate Kennedy
The Chancellor’s Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London,WC1E 7HU
Saturday 3 November. 10am-4pm. More than just the Pankhursts: the wider suffrage movement
Conference examining the broad range of campaigns to extend the right to vote which have been virtually ignored in this centenary year.
Tickets including lunch and other refreshments price £18 (£10 concessions) + booking fee are now available via Eventbrite here. Details of speakers, who include June Hannam and Karen Hunt, together with their topics are now listed at www.wcml.org.uk/SuffrageConference.
Thursday 8 November 6pm. The “Blackamoor” Statue: symbol of commercial bounty and the slave trade’
Talk by Patrick Eyres, editor-publisher New Arcadian Journal.
History of Gardens and Landscapes Seminar at Institute of Historical Research.
Wednesday 28 November. 7pm. Annie Besant and the Liberal, Radical, Socialist and Feminist Opposition to Birth Control in the 19th Century
Talk by Deborah Lavin.
Socialist History Society. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL
Wednesday. 12 December. 5.15pm. Commemoration as imperial hierarchy: the memorialization of African, Asian, and Caribbean seamen after the First World War
John Siblon, Birkbeck College, and former BASA Committee member.
War, Society and Culture Seminar at Institute of Historical Research.
Most seminar series have not yet published their autumn list of talks. The London Socialist Historians Group provisional programme is
8 October. Rupa Huq MP: A recent history of imperial assumptions in the school curriculum
22 October. Marika Sherwood the beginning of the Cold War in Ghana (Gold Coast) in 1948
5 November. John Newsinger The Other Spirit of ’45: War, Empire and the Attlee Governments
19 November. Daryl Leeworthy Labour Country: Social Democracy’s Roots and Possibilities.
3 December. Keith Flett. 50 years since the Pelican paperback of The Making of the English Working Class. Still relevant?
- Anti-Nazi Art Exhibition 1938
In 1938 Paul Robeson sang at the opening of the , The ‘Twentieth Century German Art Exhibition’ in London. For details of the exhibition and the 80th Anniversary exhibition being held at the Weiner Library see
- National Eisteddfod Festival 1958
The National Eisteddford commissioned Hwn yw fy Mrawd (This is my Brother) to coincide with the 60th anniversary of Paul Robeson’s visit to the festival at Ebbw Vale. Performed on this year’s Festival first night on 3 August bass baritone Sir Bryn Terfel played the part of Jones, a music teacher, who idolises Robeson and everything he stands for. The show tells how two different cultures came together through the strength and support of one man.
Lambeth’s connection with the Morant Bay Revolt
James Daly was a prominent attorney and planter in Jamaica. By 1847 he was living at Lambeth Lodge in the parish of Lambeth when his will was proved. He was the godfather of George William Gordon (b. 1820) , the natural son of slave owner James Gordon Ann Rattray, an enslaved woman of colour. George went on to become a successful businessman and politician. He was court martialled and executed on the order of John Edward Eyre, Governor of Jamaica following the Morant Bay Rebellion in 1865. He has been honoured as National Hero of Jamaica since 1969. He features on the ten dollar note and the Jamaican Parliament building is named after him. (Legacies of British Sale-ownership database website).
- The database is continually being amended as new information becomes available e.g. Thomas Pinkett, Junior in Lambeth.
Pan-Africanism: A History
Professor Hakim Adi’s new book was launched by Black Cultural Archives at Lambeth Town Hall on 31 August. It is surveys the Pan-African movement. It provides a history of the individuals and organisations that have sought the unity of all those of African origin as the basis for advancement and liberation, such as Du Bois, Garvey, Malcolm X, Nkrumah and Gaddafi, as well as Pan African culture expression from Négritude to the wearing of the Afro hair style and the music of Bob Marley.
See discussion with author
It is published by Bloomsbury as an Ebook – see
New book by Randy M. Browne (Univ. Pennsylvania Press). See details at:
Legacies of Slavery in Glasgow Museums and Collections
Plaque Honours Pioneers of Notting Hill Carnival
Unveiled by Nubian Jak Community Trust during Carnival on 24 August. See
Britain at Work (London Group) July/ August newsletter
Red Vienna 1923-1934. Interview extract from Enid Gent, who worked in a hospital before the NHS existed; and also from Frank Jacobs speaks about being an active trade union member within the NHS. Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign- extracts from it’s newspaper ‘At the Coal Face’. Download the newsletter here:
How to Study Historians: Historiology, not historiography
Latest blog posting by Penny Corfield at
Penny’s site also includes essays, lecture and the downloadable Vauxhall Gardens. Sex and Entertainment pamphlet I published as History & Social Action Publications, as it is out of print.
Miranda Kaufmann’s book is now in paperback.