Croydon events, news & Windrush 2019


Tuesday 18 February. 2pm. Layers of London

Activities day at Croydon Museum, Clocktower

To Saturday 20 April. Croydonians exhibition

Croydonians in the Council’s Art Collection and photos from recent Museum exhibitions


To May. 100 Years … Peace, Protest, Conflict

Exhibition looking back at the Museum of Croydon’s commemoration of the First World Wars.

Planning, Housing & Environment

Architect’s Journal editor attacks Croydon’s future slums

35 Beatrice Ave, Norbury

The Labour majority on the Planning Sub-committee has approved a flat conversion for 83 Beatrice Ave, referred to Committee because of her opposition to it by the late Councillor Maggie Mansell. A representative of residents and Labour’s Shafi Khan spoke against approval, backed by a briefing from the Love Norbury (Residents Associations) Planning Committee.

Scrutiny looks at Brick by Brick

Call for incinerator Scrutiny body

Croydon History Activities and Projects

Local Studies Fair. The Croydon Local Studies Forum is to revive its Local Studies Fair in November. This follows the ending of the Croydon Heritage Festival that was sponsored by Whitgift Foundation.

Ponds of Croydon. The Museum is working with The Conservation Volunteers Heritage Lottery Funded Ponds of Croydon project. The aim is to help connect people with their local ponds, upgrade and improve existing knowledge of them, and ensure they are effectively cared for. Unfortunately apart from the web reports of the funding, there is no progress report posted by TCV. The contact person is Adam Asquith, Project Officer – Croydon Ponds Project, Pond Cottage, Coombe Wood, Conduit Lane, Croydon, CR0 5RQ. 020 8686 4993;  07554 459 332;

Home Front Film project. Croydon Museum and Merton Local Studies and Archives are working with the HLF funded Home Front Film project. The project will use film from their collections to stimulate reminiscences of life at home during the Second World War, and create a new film.

Council Housing from 1919. The Museum of Croydon is working with Croydon’s Housing Team to research the history of Council housing in Croydon from 1919 when the Addison Act was passed to make local councils responsible for building homes. For background on Addison see:

Council housign

Windrush 2019

The Council has applied for Government funding for a Windrush project. It hopes:

  • to mount an exhibition with Croydon Museum in June using artefacts, documents, pieces etc. owned by community groups and members of the Croydon Windrush Generation
  • to have talks in libraries and schools
  • to produce a coffee table book and DVD capturing our Croydon Windrush History

If funding is obtained the project will be managed by Tony Fairweather of Fairweather Productions. Councillor Patsy Cummings is overseeing the project team.

Patsy writes: ‘In discussions with Sean, … we should be mindful of the full history of the African/African Caribbean people in Croydon and Britain over the centuries, and if we can incorporate this into what we are doing for Windrush 2019, that would be ideal, albeit we may be limited by capacity and funds.’

The need to contextualise is to avoid falling into the trap of giving the impression that people from the Caribbean only started coming after the Second World War. My pamphlet on Croydon African & Asian History is currently out of print, and needs updating in the light of new information. That will be on hold while I try and prepare one linked to the Windrush theme for June.






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 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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