History events & news at 22 August

Contents: Events – Paul Robeson, Lambeth Heritage Festival and History Fair, Henry Tate Gardens, the Wandle, A-Z of Croydon; Call Mr Robeson; Haitian Revolution, African slave diaspora, Chartism and Income Tax and  the Montbattens

To Saturday 24 August. 8 Hotels

Play honouring Paul Robeson in Chichester


September. Lambeth Heritage Festival

For full programme see:


See also 7, 8 and 19 September below.

Saturday 7 September. 1015am-4.15pm. Lambeth History Fair


Local societies bookstalls, displays, etc and the following talks:

11.30am. The Sharp Edge of Hope: The Development of Black-led Archives in London. Hannah Ishmael, the archivist for Black Cultural Archives talks about the growth of institutions and archives in London devoted to collecting Black history.

1.30pm. Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton. Bill Linskey of the Brixton Society uncovers the history of the site now occupied by Lambeth Town Hall, the squabbles over its design and the history of the building since its opening in 1908.

2.30pm.  ABC Merriman-Labor: Black Before Britons. Steve Martin’s talk commemorates the centenary of the death of A. B. C. Merriman-Labor, author of the comic novel Britons Through Negro Spectacles. Merriman-Labor was an important Edwardian Black writer who lived locally in Brixton.

3.30pm.  Radical politics in Lambeth 1790s to 1830s. Sean Creighton looks at the history of radicalism and dissent in Lambeth in the years leading up to the great Chartist meeting on Kennington Common.

I will also be running a bookstall.

Sunday 8 September. 2pm and 3pm. Henry Tate Gardens, Streatham

Meet Lodge gates, Henry Tate Mews, Streatham Common North Side, SW16 3HA

View Tate’s Grade II* listed mansion Park Hill (exterior only) and explore the historic garden with its Grade II listed garden features, including the dramatic Pulhamite grotto, Victorian castle folly, lake and temple.

Organised by the Streatham Society as part of Lambeth Heritage Festival.

Free, no booking required.

Saturday 14 to Sunday 29 September. Wandle Fortnight


Wednesday 18 September. 7.30-9pm. Did the Industrial Revolution Start on the Wandle?

Talk at Honeywood Museum, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton, SM5 3NX


Thursday 19 September. 8pm. A-Z of Croydon.

An alphabetical tour through the history of Croydon organised by the South London Local History Group. Part of Lambeth Heritage Festival.

Phoenix Community Centre, 66 Westow Street, SE19 6AF

Thursday 19 September to  Sunday 12 January. 10am-11pm. Windrush: Portrait of a Generation

Exhibition telling ‘the story of how the first generation of Caribbean migrants, now in their late 60s to 90s, are living their lives in the heart of south London and remaining true to their distinctive traditions and culture.

A year in the making, timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the arrival of SS Windrush, this exhibition was first staged in the OXO Gallery on London’s South Bank in the summer of 2018’.

Created by social documentary photographer Jim Grover in clubs, homes, churches, cemeteries and memorials around Clapham, Brixton, and Stockwell, this exhibition tells the personal stories of the Windrush Generation.

Free. Arnhem Foyer, Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG



Call Mr Robeson

Tayo Aluko is in the United States and will giving a special 70th anniversary performance in Peekskill on Sunday September 1. The Robeson concert at the Cortland Park near Peekskill 70 years ago on September 4, 1949 was attacked by a mob. His next British performances are:

Sept 13: Call Mr. Robeson @ Heron Theatre, Beetham, Cumbria
Sept 14: Call Mr. Robeson @ Llandbedr Village Hall, Crickhowell, Powys, Wales
Sept 20: Participant, Museum of Colour – People of Letters, Oxford
Sept 23: Performance of HALF MOON, by Tayo Aluko. BlackFest, Unity Theatre, Liverpool
Sept 26, 27: Call Mr. Robeson @ Theatr Clwyd, Mold, Wales
Sept 28: Just An Ordinary Lawyer @ Theatr Clwyd, Mold, Wales
Oct 26: Call Mr. Robeson at Littleport Library, Cambs.

Re-the 20 September event in Oxford Tayo is ‘listed among ten UK writers of colour to respond to objects held in the Pitt Rivers Museum, and to “perform” the work to camera (less than three minutes in length), and become part of a virtual permanent museum of colour.’


Haitian Revolution




Other papers

African slave diaspora


Chartism & Income Tax


The Mountbattens





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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