Contents: events; Africa & African Diaspora History; Aspects of Enslavement; Greenwich Industrial History Society; Croydon Independent Labour Institute; Joseph Skipsey the Northumberland Pitman Poet
To Monday 25 February. Forgotten Black TV drama season
This season showcases the work of some of the most outstanding African and Caribbean writers of their generation, covering the years 1961 to 1985.
Stephen Bourne is a co-curator. Stephen is interviewed about his ‘Aunt’ Esther at
Tuesday 12 February. The Dukes of Bedford: The Tooting Connection
Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 February. Auction of Pat Loobey Postcard and newspaper collection
Postcards mainly London, Essex, Surrey, but also other areas of country including Cornall, Devonm Dorset and Durham.
Full listing here:
Auction details here:
Saturday 16 February. 10am-4pm. Colonial London – Migration, Trade and Power
At the heart of global trade, London’s skyline has brimmed with impressive monuments and buildings. Investigating London’s colonial institutions, reading 19th Century Indian travel writers and contemporary Caribbean novelists, Bishopsgate Institute will help find a hidden history of the city. £62/£47 conc.
Monday 18 February. 6pm. The British Relief Association and Global Philanthropy during the Great Irish Famine
Talk by Aoife O’Leary McNeice
Voluntary Action History Seminar
Room 736, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL
Thursday 28 February. Black Tudors: The Untold Story
Talk by Miranda Kaufmann. The National Archives, Kew
15 March. What’s Happening in British Black History? 10 final date for submission of proposals
Saturday 13 April. Black Tudors: The Untold Story
Talk by Miranda Kaufmann. Tudors and Stuarts History Weekend, Canterbury
Saturday 13 April. 2pm. Work-ins and Occupations: The record after UCS
Talk by Dr. Alan Tuckman, author of Kettling the Unions (Spokesman, 2018).
Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Labour History Society
The Nottingham Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, NG1 4EZ
NDLHS, 22 Boythorpe Avenue, Chesterfield. S40 2QE. 01246 270628
Thursday 2 May.11am – 6pm. What’s Happening in British Black History? X
Leicester. See internet link 15 March above.
African & African Diaspora History
Senegal African History Museum
The Museum of Black Civilizations in Senegal is stimulating calls for the return of African artefacts taken away by former colonial slave traders.
Uncovering the Roots of Caribbean Cooking
African Americans in Britain
William G Allen
Jeffrey Green has written about the African-American sculptress Edmonia Lewis who visited London in the early 1900s. Although she carved Hiawatha figures there is no information as to whether she met Samuel Coleridge Taylor.
Nina Mae McKinney
The Afro-American actress and singer Nina Mae McKinney starred in Sanders of the River with Paul Robeson and had a successful career in Britain.
Stephen Bourne published her biography in 2011: Black Garbo. (Bear Manor Media
The Haitian Revolution: A Basic Reading Guide
By Patrick S. O’Donnell (2019)
Aspects of Enslavement
Slavery and Christianity
Slavery, A Reflection
Dr. Jacques Coulardeau reflects on the International Colloquium held in France on 26 & 26 January:
Enslaved Africans and Medicine
Carolyn Roberts, a Yale historian of medicine is working on a book project To Heal and To Harm: Medicine, Knowledge, and Power in the Atlantic Slave Trade. It will be the first full-length study of the history of medicine in the British slave trade. The book’s narrative is centred around the pharmaceutical and medical labor performed by a largely unknown group of African and British women and men, both enslaved and free. It illustrates how the slave trade functioned as an insidious, and even ghostly, knowledge project which contributed to the development of the pharmaceutical industry, the modernization of medicine, and the advancement of natural history and botany.
Greenwich Industrial History Society
19 February. David Cuffley. Discovering history of a house – case study Salutation Alley Woolwich
12 March. Roger Williams. Thames Fishing industry and Greenwich whitebait
16 April. Richard Buchanan. Street Furniture
14 May. Mike Clinch. Underground Kent
11 June. Tracy Stringfellow & Charlie MacKeith. Jacobean Vistas and public conveniences, Meeting will be in the Studio not the Bakehouse
15 October. David Waller. Men of Iron – Maudslay
12 November. Pieter Van der Merwe. A Great Light in the East (End): Gas and the Royalty Theatre, Stepney’ 1816 This will be held in the Studio not the Bakehouse
Meetings held 7.30 The Old Bakehouse, Bennett Park, SE3 (rear of Age Exchange) There is NO parking
Croydon Independent Labour Institute
Historian of London Rd, Kake has asked me whether I know anything about Croydon Independent Labour Party Institute, listed at 70a London Road in Ward Directory of Croydon 1910 and 1911, and a newspaper reference to ‘the I.L.P. Institute, North-end’ in 1911. I do not. Can any readers help?
Kake’s latest postings are about 182-184 London Rd in two parts at
Joseph Skipsey the Northumberland Pitman Poet
Gordon Tait has uploaded several papers onto Academia.eu about the influential Northumberland Pitman Poet Joseph Skipsey (1832-1903)
Archive material about Skipsey can be seen on the North East Popular Politics database: ppp.nelh.net; type ‘Skipsey’ into the search box.