History events & news at 13 March

Moody PlaQUE

This was notified to my Black History elist

Saturday 16 March.  2pm. The Living Wage and the pursuit of a Revolutionary Policy’

Speaker: Ian Bullock, author of Under Siege The Independent Labour Party in Interwar Britain

Socialist History Society Public Meeting, Red Lion Hall, Basement, Tresham House, Red Lion Square, entrance via Lamb’s Conduit Passage beside Conway Hall, Holborn, WC1R 4RE

During the period between the two world wars, the Independent Labour Party was the main voice of radical socialism in Great Britain. Following World War I, as the Labour Party edged nearer to its 1929 electoral victory, the ILP found its own identity under siege. In 1932, the ILP chose to disaffiliate from the Labour Party in order to pursue a “revolutionary policy” – a policy that ultimately led to much debate and disunity. By the return of war in 1939, the party had all but dissolved. But despite its reversal of fortunes, the ILP demonstrated an unswerving commitment to democratic socialist thinking. This talk examines the debates and ideological battles of the ILP, arguing that the ILP made a lasting contribution to British politics in general, and to the modern Labour Party in particular, by preserving the values of democratic socialism during the interwar period.

Sunday 17 March. 11.30am.  Women of Toynbee Hall

Guided Tour by Sinead O’Brien focusing on the history and work of the female residents and staff over the last 100 years and celebrating the co-founder Henrietta Barnett

Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, E1 6LS.  Aldgate East tube

www.toynbeehall.org.uk  020 7392 2920

Tuesday 19 March 7.15pm. Indian suffragettes and the struggle for votes for women in the UK

Talk by Julie Begum, chair of the Swadhinata Trust, about Princess Sophia Duleep, daughter of the Maharaja of the Sikh Empire and goddaughter of Queen Victoria who helped lead marches and played up her perceived ‘exoticness’ in order to bring attention to the Suffrage Movement.

Soroptomist International East London. Woodfield Memorial Hall, 209 High Road E18 2PA.  South Woodford tube

www.facebook.com/SIEastLondon/   www.sigbi.org/east-london

To 29 March. Sarah Chapman, match girl – Story of a Strike Leader

Mon, Wed, Fri 9am-5pm, Tues 10am-5pm, 3rd Sat 9am-5pm

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, 277 Bancroft Road E1 4DQ.   Stepney Green tube

Sarah Chapman was a local working class girl from Mile End who was part of the famous Match Girls Strike of 1888. She was among the factory workers who met with the Directors of Bryant & May and courageously argued for better terms and working conditions. Sarah’s legacy continues today, but her role has been largely unnoticed until now. This exhibition illustrates the life of this lesser-known political leader and TUC delegate.

Thursday 21 March. 6.30pm -7.45pm.  Discovering Sarah Chapman

Talks by Sam Johnson, Chapman’s great- grand daughter, and Ana Robinson (Uni. East London)

Tower Hamlets Local History as above

020 7392 9200

Thursday 28 March. 6.30pm. Feminism and Women’s History

Archives Tour at Bishopsgate Library

£7/£5 concs. Book via www.bishopsgate.org.uk

Saturday 13 April. 2.30pm. Kennington Common walk

Marietta Crichton Stuart, historian and chair of the Friends of  Kennington Park, will lead a history walk in the park to commemorate the 171st anniversary of the 1848 Chartist rally on Kennington Common.

Meet in the park, outside Prince Consort Lodge.

To 15 April. Call for Papers for VAHS Study Day 15 June. Please submit a short abstract (around 300 words) by e-mail to mzimmeck@btinternet.com

Further details below under 15 June

August 1-24. 8 Hotels

New play by Nicholas Wright, directed by Richard Eyre. 1944 – America. Paul Robeson is touring the country as Shakespeare’s Othello

Part of Chichester Festival


Saturday 15 June. 10am-4pm. From almshouses to pensioners action groups: The history of voluntary action for and by older people

Voluntary Action History Society Study Day

King’s College London, Bush House, Aldwych, London WC2B 4BG

Keynote address will be given by Professor Pat Thane, Research Professor in Contemporary British History, King’s College, London.

Over time older people have been seen both as passive recipients of care and support designed and delivered by others and as active agents engaged in activities to suit their own self-defined needs and interests. Different strands of voluntary action have developed to reflect these views.

This study day will explore voluntary action by and for older people over time. That is, it will explore ways in which the identities of older people have been constructed and by whom, how services have been designed and delivered to older people, and how older people have designed and delivered activities and services to suit their self-defined interests and needs.

Booking: Booking will open at the beginning of May.


A Tribute to Windrushers

The Windrush Foundation has published a book about many of the original Windrushers which can eb donwloaded here:

W70 BOOK i

Britain at Work

Latest newsletter CONTAINS:

International Women’s Day- we remember Constance Markiewicz, Sylvia Pankhurst, Alexandra Kollontai and Rossana Rossanda; Extracts from women transport workers in All in a Day’s Work, Britain at Work London’s publication; Report from the delegation to the 100th anniversary march in Berlin for Rosa Luxemburg.

It can be read here:

Britain at Work London newsletter 37

Funding appeal for railway oral history project can be read here

Funding appeal

Please note that the email address in it has been changed to


Bust of Equiano

The 2007 bust of Olaudah Equiano now features at


thanks to notification to me by Tontxi Vazquez along with details of the Liverpool Museum project about the sculpture of the  Taíno, the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean’s Greater Antilles (ca. AD 600-1550)


Paul Robeson


Pamela Hansford Johnson

Jeanne Rathbone of the Battersea Society Heritage Committee writes in the Society’s March newsletter: 

‘If there are any Pamela Hansford Johnson readers/fans out there who would be interested in sending me a brief overview of her as an author or a  short review reviews of one of her books please get in touch.

The Battersea Society is planning to erect a plaque commemorating Pamela.The unveiling in May will be by Lady Lindsay Avebury, Pamela’s daughter,  and speakers at the ceremony will include her biographer Wendy Pollard and novelist Zoe Fairbairns.’

Wendy Pollard’s Pamela Hansford Johnson: Her Life , Works and Times is currently available from Postscript (remainder books)

Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust and Manchester history students

The Trust is working with The University of Manchester’s Department of History on the Manchester Histories Workshop – an extra-curricular project that gives undergraduate students from across the Humanities a chance to uncover the history of the African diaspora in Manchester and literally put it on the map.

The Language of Fruit: Literature and Horticulture in the Long Eighteenth Century

Liz Bellamy tells the  story about the evolution of raising, eating, thinking, and writing about fruit in the long eighteenth century. She explores how poets, playwrights, and novelists from the Restoration to the Romantic era represented fruit and fruit trees in a period that saw significant changes in cultivation techniques, the expansion of the range of available fruit varieties, and the transformation of the mechanisms for their exchange and distribution. Although her principal concern is with the representation of fruit within literary texts and genres, she nevertheless grounds her analysis in the consideration of what actually happened in the gardens and orchards of the past.

Penn Studies. ISBN 978-0-8122-5083-1 A

New Pen & Sword Books

A bumper publishing programme from April to September includes:

Phil Carradice. Prague Spring. Warsaw Pact Invasion, 1968

Phil Carradice. Britain’s Last Invasion. The Battle of Fishguard, 1797

Peter Marsden. 1545: Who Sank the Mary Rose?

David L. Brandon & Alan Brooke. The Railway Haters. Opposition to Railways, From the 19th to 21st Centuries

Martin Connolly. The Murder of Prime Minister Spencer Perceval. A Portrait of the Assassin.

Katherine Atherton. Suffragette Planners and Plotters. The Pankhurst/Pethick-Lawrence Story

Iain Gordon. Rebel with a Cause. The Life and Times of Sarah Benett, 18850-1924, Social Reformer and Suffragette

Various authors books on Women’s Suffrage in Scotland, Liverpool, Windsor, Swindon, Glasgow, Southend-on-Sea, Wakefield, Leeds and Kent

Anabelle Cox. Ada Lovelace. The World’s First Computer Programmer

Various authors. The United Irishmen, Rebellion and the Act of Union, 1798-1803


Postcript Remainder Books

Marcus Rediker. Outlaws of the Atlantic

Lindsey German. How a Century of War Changed the Lives of Women

Sue Wilkes. Regency Spies

Matthew McCarthy. Privateering, Piracy and British Policy in Spanish America: 1810-1830

Allan Blackstock & Frank O’Gorman (ed.). Loyalism and the Formation of the British World 1775-1914

Nick Mansfield, Buildings of the Labour Movement

Catherine Arnold. Pandemic 1918




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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