History events & news at 12 July

Croydon’s Black African & Caribbean History Before the Windrush
An Introduction by Sean Creighton. £3 + £1.32 postage

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Saturday 7 September. 11am-3pm. Local Women Making History: here, there and everywhere

We are inviting stories, poems, films and Exhibitions and we would really value what you have to offer. Contributions in any medium lasting.15/20 mins are invited.

Independent Working Class Education event at Working Class Movement Library in Salford (near Manchester) on Saturday 7th September. 11-3pm. Free but  donations welcome.

Please get in touch to discuss

Ali Ronan: alironan61@gmail.com

or Keith Venables iwceducation@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday 14 September. 10am–3.30pm. The Radical North

During the 200th Anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, the radical tradition of the North East is celebrated at this special event organized by Sunderland Heritage Forum and Sunderland City Council Heritage Team as part of the Heritage Open Days programme.

Contributors: Graeme Anderson (former chief sports writer of the Sunderland Echo), John Charlton, Chris Howson (Chaplain,  University of Sunderland; author of A Just Church: 21st Century Liberation Theology in Action), David Temple (former coalface electrician on Executive Committees of Durham Colliery Mechanics Association (DCMA) and The North East Area NUM,), and The Silver Shantymen (perform shanties and other songs of the sea, mainly work songs by crews that depict the hardship, heartache and humour of their times.

Bethany Church, Bede Tower, Burdon Road

A FREE EVENT – see the three attachments for the programme and to register

Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 October. Berwick Literary Festival


Some history highlights are below:

Max Adams – The Viking Wars: War and Peace in King Alfred’s Britain

Lindsay Allason-Jones – Roman Woman; Everyday Life in Hadrian’s Britain

Linda Bankier and Gilly Beckett – Crime & Creative Writing: Using the Archives for Inspiration

Ursula Buchan – Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps, A Life of John Buchan (his grand-daughter’s new biography)

Jeremy Dronfield – The Boy Who followed his Father into Auschwitz

Dan Jackson – The Northumbrians: North-East England and Its People: A New History

Andrew Lownie – The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves

Joyce Quin and Moira Kilkenny – Angels of the North: Notable Women of the North East

Tim Tate – Hitler’s British Traitors

Brian Ward – Martin Luther King in Newcastle: The African-American Freedom Struggle and Race Relations in the North East of England

Sunday 3 November. 4pm &  8pm. The Great Geordie Songbook (Vol 1)

Wisecrack Productions present new show featuring classic North East songs and comedy.

Sage Gateshead 2

Celebration of local songwriters including Alan Hull, Joe Wilson, Ned Corvan, Geordie Ridley, Billy Mitchell, Judy Dinning, Tommy Armstrong, Alex Glasgow,  Johnny Handle and Pete Scott.

Tickets only £20 from www.sagegateshead.com or via www.wisecrackproductions.co.uk


Black Tudors in USA

Miranda Kaufmann  is going to speak about Black Tudors in the USA.


The Isle of Wight’s Missing Chapter: Uncovering the Island’s Hidden International History

New book by James Rayner


Professor Matthew Smith to be Director of Legacies of British Slave-ownership

Matthew Smith, Head, Department of History and Archaeology at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica, has been appointed as the  new Director of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership Centre at University College London in succession to Nick Draper.

Matthew Smith’s publications include Liberty, Fraternity, Exile: Haiti and Jamaica After Emancipation (2014) and Red and Black in Haiti: Radicalism, Conflict, and Political Change (2009).

Retiring in September Nick Draper’s PhD work was the foundation of the original LBS database.  ‘He has always insisted on the importance of solid empirical evidence and the necessity of making this work available to as wide an audience as possible.’ (LBS July Newsletter)

New Centre for the Study of Race and Racism

Professor Paul Gilroy has been appointed as the Director of the new Centre for the Study of Race and Racism at UCL.

Catherine Hall News

Catherine Hall will be awarded with two honorary degrees for her work as an historian: York University July 17; Sussex University July 24. She will be speaking on ‘Men, women and slavery’ at the Historians Day in the Netherlands, at Groninghen on August 22. This is a biennual event open to all teachers, academics and anyone interested in history – focusing on current research and public debates. For more information see https://historicidagen.nl/english

The British Labour Movement and Internationalism

Call for contributions – special issue of Socialist History on the British Labour Movement and Internationalism.

‘In this era of Brexit, the British Labour Party and the wider labour movement face the twin challenges of globalised capitalism on the one hand, and an upsurge in backward-looking nationalism on the other. Siren voices call on Labour to embrace one side or the other. In this context it seems more necessary than ever to re-examine the internationalist tradition within British labour and democratic movements over the preceding two centuries. Socialist History, the journal of the Socialist History Society, is planning a special issue, to appear in spring 2020, on ‘the British Labour Movement and Internationalism’. This issue will be guest-edited by Duncan Bowie, and we are seeking contributions of between 6000 and 10000 words on any aspects of British Labour and Internationalism in historical perspective.

Themes for contributions may include, but are not limited to:

Nationalism and internationalism within the British labour movement

  • The British labour movement and national identity
  • British Jacobins and the French Revolution
  • Chartist Internationalism
  • British trade unionists and republican exiles in the 1850s to 1870s
  • British radicals and socialists and international peace movements
  • ILP, SDF and the Second International pre WW1
  • British socialists and the second and third internationals in the inter-war period
  • British socialists and communists and anti-fascism in the 1930s
  • British Labour, the reconstitution of the Labour and socialist International and the Cold War
  • British socialists and decolonisation/pan-Africanism
  • Labour and the European Union/European socialism
  • British socialists and the rise of the right in Europe and beyond in the 2010s: lessons from the past
  • British socialists and international solidarity, women’s or youth movements

Proposals for contributions, in the form of a synopsis of no more than 500 words, should be sent to Duncan Bowie on duncanbowie@yahoo.co.uk by 30 September 2019. For details about Socialist History and its submission guidelines, please visit our webpage on https://www.lwbooks.co.uk/socialist-history. Please note that articles in Socialist History are refereed before publication, and that acceptance of a proposal does not imply any automatic undertaking to publish the ensuing article.


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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