History events & news at 2 December


Monday 10 December. 6.45 for 7.15pm The colourful history of City & Guilds Art School

 Principal Tamiko O’Brien tells how the art school has championed contemporary fine art, historic carving and conservation since 1854. Founded as a social enterprise, it is proud of its heritage and expertise, and its supportive creative community. Winter Party follows, with festive food and raffle. 

Friends of Durning Library, 167 Kennington Lane, SE11 4HF


Tuesday 8 January. 7.30pm. The Promised Land – Migration and Foreign Communities South of the Thames

Talk by Len Reilly (Lambeth Archives) for Southwark and Lambeth Archaeological Society

The Housing Co-op Hall, 106 The Cut, almost opposite the Old Vic Theatre

Tuesday 8 January. 7pm. The War came early to Sleepy Valley

Peter Brabban discusses the experience of a working class family in the Second World War.

North East Labour History Society

Old George Inn, Bigg Market, Newcastle NE1 1EZ

Monday 21 January. 8pm. A History of Norwood Cemetery and many remarkable Clapham residents buried there’

Talk by Bob Flanagan for Clapham Society

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

Wandsworth History Publications

Thomas Cromwell and his Family in Putney and Wandsworth by Dorian Gerhold.


The Staff of the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway in Battersea and Wandsworth 1856-1901 by Keith Bailey.  £7

Prices include post & packing.  Cheque payable to the ‘Wandsworth Historical Society’ – to WHS, 119 Heythorp Street, London SW18 5BT (020neil119@gmail.com).  On-line transfer arrangements also available. 

North East History Journal

Issues 1 (1967) to 48 (2017) available for download


Tyne & Wear Street Press in the 1970s

Historian John Charlton writes: ‘Between the late 1960s and the early 1990s several street newspapers were published in the Tyne and Wear area. There were titles such as: Workers Chronicle, Northern Survivor, Rostrum, Broadside, What’s Left , Mother Grumble, Durham Street Paper, Tyneside Street Sheet, Tyneside Street Paper and Broadside.

Does anyone have any information about any of them? Who were the publishers? Where they were published? Were there editorial groups?  Who wrote for them? How they were sold? What was their circulation? Does anyone have any copies lying around?

Please get in touch with me with information and anecdotes. A part of our political history, I want to try to rescue them from anonymity.


Some readers of this blog may have been on Tyneside in rhe 1970s but moved away and may  know others who also moved elsewhere

The Missing Memoirs of Tom Brown, Tyneside Syndicalist

 Kate Sharpley Library is looking for the lost memoirs of Tom Brown, which were lent to two American academics and never returned. Further details at


Black History on film

Victoria Uwonkunda interview Elsie Owusu on the contribution of African soldiers in WW1.  .


Slavery: Scotland’s Hidden Shame




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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