History news and events in 2019

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Key dates in 2019

Sunday 27 January. Holocaust Remembrance Day

Saturday 2 March. International Women’s Day

Peterloo Massacre

There will be a lot of talks, etc about the Peterloo Massacre (16 August 1819) during the year as more and more people become aware of it through Mike Leigh’s film.

Saturday 19 January. 2pm

John Belcham, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Liverpool, who was an advisor on the film, will  speak at Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Labour History Society.

Chesterfield Labour Club, Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1NF

peterloo flyer (3)

Working Class Movement Library Salford events

Ends Thursday 24 January  Exhibition: Votes for women . . . or votes for ladies?

Thursday 31 January. 6pm. Guernica Remakings

Launch of exhibition at Working Class Movement Library exploring the ongoing power of Pablo Picasso’s iconic 1937 painting Guernica through a display of 21st century reworkings from across the globe.

Wednesday 13 March. 2pm. Guernica Remakings

Exhibition curator Nicola Ashmore illustrated talk that explores Guernica and its remakings as a call to action, pushing back at those in power who choose to act to the detriment of civilians.

Saturday 2 March. A century of women’s protest in the North of England

Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 March. Rouse Ye Women

Townsend Productions play telling the story of the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath who in 1910 began a successful ten-week strike to more than double their earnings and establish the principle of a national minimum wage.  Tickets now available

Sunday 14 April. 2pm. Those who were there – the people at Peterloo have their say

Radical Readings fundraiser

Voluntary Action History Society talks 2019

21 January. Andy Jones on Jonathan Dimbleby’s Unknown Famine: Television, Humanitarianism and Politics in Britain

4 February. Colin Rochester. Hybrid Organisations Past and Present

18 February. Aoife O’Leary McNeice. The British Relief Association and Global Philanthropy during the Great Irish Famine

4 March. Alex Murdoch.  How food got its bank: The background and evolution of food banking

18 March. Mel Wright. Sometimes there’s a breakthrough! Neighbourhood action and social support since 1977

29 April Peter Grant. The Psychogeography of Philanthropy

13 May Michael Nelles (The Institute of Conservation). Subject TBA

10 June. Barry Knight (Centris). A Witness Seminar

VAHS Seminars are held in Room 304, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House. 6-8pm. All are welcome.

Black History News

Paul Robeson  events in USA



Tayo Aluko on Jeff Sparrow’s book on Robeson


Dalhousie University – slavery apology, but no name change

Panel chair Afua Cooper says Dalhousie is ‘not the same institution’ it was in 1818


Useful blog discussions



Other News

Gateshead People’s Archive project update




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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