History events & news at 8 February

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

Duke of Bedford A4.pdf

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.

To book:


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


Edmonia Lewis

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
ISBN: 9781593936587)


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.



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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