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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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