History events & news at 30 April

Contents: Glasgow commemorates Paul Robeson; DIY Democracy; Brixton Windmill; Sir Charles Trevelyan; play moon 150th anniversary of TUC; Larkhall walk;Tanobuie family in 2WW; Corruzangza strike play; slavery, colonialism and Peterloo; brewing along Wandle Valley; Thames Panorama 1829; Henry Tate Gardens walks; Annual Chartism Day Conference;  history of Durham Miners; NELHS AGM & George Orwell and the Left; news from the USA

Friday 3 May. Glasgow commemorates Robeson leading 1960 May Day march in Glasgow

Event to commemorate Glasgow Mayday Parade of 1960 led by activist Paul Robeson

Includes Tayo Aluko’s Call Mr Robeson


Sunday 5 May. 10.30am-5pm.  DIY Democracy: from Peterloo to the present

Showing of Mike Leigh’s Peterloo with speakers/workshops on Peterloo and its aftermath, protest in the 1960s and the current fight for women’s pension rights.

Tickets via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/642615 covering a hot lunch, tea, coffee and cake all day. £10, waged and £5, pay as you feel, low income

Organised by the Workers Educational Association, North East History and Heritage Branch

Star and Shadow Cinema, Warwick Street, Newcastle NE2 1BB

Further information from 0191 212 6100

Monday 6 May. 1-5 pm. Brixton Windmill Beer and Bread Festival Celebration of local producers includes food, entertainment and local breweries than ever before. Meet the volunteer millers inside the windmill.

7 May. 7pm. Sir Charles Trevelyan of Wallington – Northumberland’s Upper-Class Socialist MP

Talk by Mike Fraser at North East Labour History Society First Tuesday:

Old George Inn, Bigg Market, Newcastle NE1 1EZ

Friday 10 May. 7pm. Banner Theatre’s ‘Spirit of 1868’

Introduction to the 150-year history of the TUC

spirit of 1868 – Wallsend e-flyer

Wallsend Memorial Hall & People’s Centre


Saturday 11 &  Sunday 12 May. 1-5 pm. May Open Weekend at Brixton Windmill

You can book a tour to the top in advance at http://www.brixtonwindmill.org/visit or just turn up on the day for a shorter tour. Short tours run every 20 minutes and all tours are guided by trained Windmill volunteers. Tours are free, although donations are welcome.

Thursday 16 May. 6.30pm. Larkhall Walk

Led by Anne Wilson meet outside the gates to St Paul’s Church in Rectory Grove, SW4 0DX. The route will follow Larkhall Rise and Larkhall Lane taking in the Grade II listed Larkhall Estate and gardens and proceeding to Larkhall Park and The Surprise.


Tara Arts

Thursday 13 June. 5.30pm. The violence of empire come home: Slavery, colonialism and Peterloo

Talk by Dr Shirin Hirsch (Manchester Metropolitan University and People’s History Museum) on the colonial context and implications of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre, alongside spoken word performances of black voices past and present, responding to the themes of slavery, oppression and protest.

Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre

Manchester Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester, ME PAD

Monday 17 June. 8pm. Brewing along the Wandle Valley

Talk by Alison Cousins (volunteer Wandle Industrial Museum). Clapham Society

Clapham Society. Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0QW (Bar opens 7pm)

Monday 20 May. 8pm. Panorama of the Thames Project

Talk by John Inglis and Jill Sanders who uncovered a 1829 60ft panorama from Richmond to Westminster. It and their contemporary film show continuous views of both banks of the river, enabling comparisons across almost 200 years of social and architectural change. They have published A Riverside View of Georgian London.

Clapham Society at Omnibus Theatre.

Sunday 26 May. 2pm or 3pm. Henry Tate Gardens Walks

See the exterior of his Grade II listed mansion and explore the historic garden with its Grade II listed garden features, including a dramatic Pulhamite (artificial stone) grotto, Victorian castle folly, lake and temple.

Meet at the lodge gates, Henry Tate Mews, Streatham Common North Side, SW16 3HA at 2 pm or 3 pm.

Lambeth Walks

Lambeth walks

Saturday 1 June. 9-5pm.  Annual Chartism Day Conference

After registration and introduction talks by:

Tom Scriven (Manchester):  Chartism’s electoral strategy and the bifurcation of Radicalism.

Joan Allen (Newcastle). ‘Chartist trials, 1839: Revisited’.

Mike Greatbatch. (Independent). William Parker: A Chartist Life.

Joe Stanley (Sheffield Hallam). Protest and Popular Politics amongst the Yorkshire Miners, 1786-1839.

Keynote Lecture: Robert Poole (UCLAN). ‘Peterloo and Chartism’

Mark Bennett (Durham). ‘Chartism’s legacy: the reform debate in Yorkshire, 1859-67’.

Matt Roberts (Sheffield Hallam). ‘The Visual and Material Culture of Chartism’.

Mid-morning and afternoon breaks and lunch.

Sponsors: School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University, and the Society for the Study of Labour History

Booking form can be downloaded here:

Tuesday 9 July. 7pm. The history of the Durham Miners

Talk by Huw Beynon (Emeritus Professor of Social Science, Cardiff University)

DMA Redhills, Durham City

Tuesday 10 September.  7pm. NELHS Annual General Meeting

Lit & Phil, Newcastle

Speaker: John Newsinger (Professor of History at Bath Spa University) Hope lies in the Proles: George Orwell and the Left.

News from the USA

Celluloid Chains. Slavery in the Americas through Film. (Edited by Rudyard J. Alcocer, Kristen Block, and Dawn Duke.


Rutgers dedicates plaza to Paul Robeson


The Smith singer alleged racism row





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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