History events & news at 10 August

Tuesday 3 September. 7pm. Writing Historical Fiction in the North East

Talk by Val Scully at First Tuesday meeting of North East Labour History Society

Old George Inn, Old George Yard, Newcastle, NE1 1EZ


Wednesday 14 August onwards. Equiano. An Extraordinary Life

New touring exhibition.

American International Church, 79A Tottenham Court Rd, London, W1T 4TD.

Dates; Wednesday 14 – Friday 16 (noon-2pm; 5-8pm)

Monday 19 – Friday 23 (ditto)

Saturday 17 & 24 (10am-5pm)

Tuesday 27 – Thursday 29 (noon-2pm; 5-8pm)

Equiano flyer

Saturday 7 September. 10.30am-3.15pm. Women Making History: locally, here, there and everywhere.

Day School exploring the history of women’s activism.

Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX.

Yvonne Eckersley on Julia Walkden, Wigan Weavers Association and early 20C trade union activism; Colin Waugh  on Women who led working-class collective, self-organisation and socialist struggles 1830-1930; Ingrid Sharp and Corinne Painter introducing the Revolutionary Women in Germany 1914-1919 exhibition; Sonya Rowbotham introduces her exhibition; screening of Versailles 1919 ‘The Return of These Dangerous Women.’; Margaret Beetham: Women’s Co-operative Guild, Co-operative News and Letters on Maternity;  Denise North ‘Mrs Doctor’: Burnley’s extraordinary Mary Brown; Diana Duffy: ‘Thou little knows the pleasure o’ helping others – Elizabeth Gaskell, champion of the disenfranchised.

Refreshments and lunch free – donations appreciated.

Monday 9 September. 10am-4pm. The practical challenges of researching childhood and youth

Children’s History Society/Economic History Society Workshop, University of Greenwich. Panels include: Teaching the history of childhood and youth to undergraduates;  publishing on the history of childhood and youth; working with children as research participants; engaging with museums (the Mary Rose, Portsmouth); impact and public engagement in schools.

more information, and to purchase tickets


Saturday 21 September. 2pm. John Ruskin, For and Against

David Morgan and Duncan Bowie debate the pros and cons of John Ruskin’s ideas, their relevance for today and his influence for good or ill on the labour movement.

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

Tuesday 10 September. 7pm. Stephenson, Spence and Eldon: a fateful triangle. Did climate change start here.

Talk by John Charlton as part of AGM of North East Labour History Society.

The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE


September 14. 10am-3.30pm. Sunderland: The Radical North

Sunderland Heritage Forum and Sunderland City Council Heritage Team.

Bethany Church, Bede Tower, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR2 7DZ


Tuesday 1 October. 7pm. Nails, Chains & Revolution, Crowley’s. Semi-socialistic experiment in 18thC Winlaton

Talk by Susan Lynn at First Tuesday meeting of North East Labour History Society.

Old George Inn, Old George Yard, Newcastle, NE1 1EZ

People’s History? Radical Historiography and the Left in the Twentieth Century

Saturday and Sunday, 15 and 16 February 2020 at the School of History, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK

Organised and hosted by UEA School of History in conjunction with the journal Socialist History and the Institute of Working Class History, Chicago.

‘History has always played a crucial role in the making of the modern left, both in Britain and around the world, providing a vital tool for theoretical rationale, social critique and direct action. Whilst offering an important source of intellectual stimulus, it has equally been the cause of hot debate, controversy and division, never more so than during the twentieth century. Over the course of those ten tumultuous decades, history became the ground upon which the left struggled to define and redefine itself in response to dramatically changing times. Critique was, and continues to be, all-encompassing, from debates on historical interpretation, method, pedagogy and application, to questions addressing the very nature – or possibility – of historical knowledge itself.

This conference seeks to explore all aspects of the status and uses of history in modern left imagination.

We are seeking papers of 5000 to 10000 words to be presented at the conference. Conference themes may include, but are not limited to:

  • History, Marxism and international socialism
  • History, class and class consciousness
  • History, philosophy and critical theory
  • History, gender, race, sexuality
  • History and (post)colonialism
  • History and/as activism
  • History, pedagogy and empowerment
  • National and international histories
  • Party histories
  • History and the role of the historian as public intellectual

Proposals for papers and any enquiries should be submitted here. The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday 29 November 2019. We shall inform all applicants as to whether their proposals have been accepted as soon as possible after that date. The deadline for receiving completed papers from successful applicants will be Monday 3 February 2020. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the journal Socialist History. Attendance at the conference for both presenters and audience will be free of charge, but we ask that anyone wishing to attend registers in advance.’

Stephen Bourne’s Black Poppies

New expanded edition:



Windrush Commemoration in Suffolk


Slavery and Race Issues

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, 1500-1865 Lancaster Uni course syllabus:


Beyond the Black Jacobins:


The Royal Historical Society’s Race, Ethnicity & Equality (REE) Working Group is  identifying barriers to equality and diversity in the discipline of history, spearhead positive change in the environments in which historians of colour in the UK work, and enhance the wider practice and discipline of History by increasing the presence of racial and ethnic minorities in university


New graduate in Ancient History. Given the debate about the lack of black students and graduates in history, well done to Croydon Councillor Janet Campbell’s son for graduating in Ancient History.




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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