History events at 10 September

Institute of Historical Research Seminars

The Institute has redesigned its website. It no longer has a day by day diary facility which makes checking what seminars of interest for inclusion in this blog much more time consuming. From today the lusting will give the date and the seminar subject link.

2 October. 5.15pm. https://www.history.ac.uk/events/financing-infrastructure-tontines-annuities-and-civic-improvement-georgian-britain

9 October. 5.30pm. https://www.history.ac.uk/events/places-protest-and-power-commemorating-peterloo-massacre-national-trust

30 October. 5.15pm. https://www.history.ac.uk/events/moral-ecology-english-crowd-resisting-landscape-change-rural-somerset-and-dorset-c-1780-1850

1 November. 5.15pm. https://www.history.ac.uk/events/militant-maids-vs-selfish-suffragettes-reflections-writing-a-feminist-labour-history

19 November. 5.15. Petitioning, Parliament and representation, 1780-1918. https://www.history.ac.uk/events/petitioning-parliament-and-representation-1780-1918

10 December. 5.15pm. https://www.history.ac.uk/events/facing-sea-joshua-reynolds-artistic-enterprise-and-eighteenth-century-port-cities

12 December. 6pm. https://www.history.ac.uk/events/decomposing-identities-race-gender-and-materiality-georgian-west-indies

Other Events

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September. Open House & Windmills

Croydonians are very lucky to be able to visit two windmills on Open House weekend – at Shirley and Brixton. Brixton’s was built in 1816, the year of cold climate and harvest failure due to a volcanic eruption in what is now Indonesia. It is a working mill and now sells flour and other products.


October Black History Month

October sees Black History Month, the focal point for promoting the African and Afro-Caribbean history and culture. Croydon’s programme has yet to be announced. Croydonians can easily visit Lambeth, especially Black Cultural Archives in Windrush Square by 109 bus. Schools can benefit from its schools programme appropriate for different Key Stages. KS1&2: on post war journeys, change-makers in Victorian Britain, freedom fighters in Georgian Britain; KS3: STEM; KS3-5: 20 Century press groups, empire, inert-war & independence. It also runs continuing  professional development for teachers on re-imaging black history in primary schools and teaching black history in secondary schools through archives..  As a historian of Black Britain I am available in Croydon to give talks at schools and community groups on a wide range of topics. The publication of the annual Black History Month Journal is awaited and will be accessible at

www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk. The 2018 issue which is on the site includes my appreciation of Alex Elden who lived in Croydon

Thursday 19 September. 6.30pm for 7pm.  The Pre-Raphaelites and Marie Spartali

Dr Jan Marsh will tell the story of the Pre-Raphaelites and Marie Spartali – one of the greatest female artists of the movement – who lived in Battersea. Jan is curator of the Pre-Raphaelite Sisters exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery due to open in October 2019. Jan is also known to many of my Black History network for her work on Black people in paintings.

St Mary’s Church. Battersea Church Road, London, SW11 3NA. £5 on door.


Saturday 12 October. 2pm. The Reform Bill in Nottingham

Talk by Dr Richard Gaunt (Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Nottingham).

The Nottingham Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, NG1 4EZ

The talk takes place after the AGM of the Nottingham & District Labour History Society. www.ndlhs.wordpress.com

Monday 14 October. 8pm. Growing Up in Wartime Battersea.

Talk by Carol Rahn as part of Clapham Society AGM highlighting filmed interviews with men and women recounting their childhood experiences during the war.

Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common North Side, London, SW4 0QW

Thursday 17 to Saturday 20 October. Berwick Literary Festival

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

Information available at: https://berwickliteraryfestival.com

Friday 1 November. 2-3.30pm. 1919 Addison Act

Talk and workshop led by John Broughton of Municipal Dreams

£10 booking

London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Rd, London, EC1R 0HB. lma@cityoflondon.gov.uk; www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

Wednesday 6 November. 7pm. Insurgent Empire

Dr Priyamvada Gopal and guests will discuss topics raised by her recent book Insurgent Empire – Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent.

‘Insurgent Empire shows how Britain’s enslaved and colonial subjects were active agents in their own liberation. What is more, they shaped British ideas of freedom and emancipation back in the United Kingdom.

Priyamvada Gopal examines a century of dissent on the question of empire and shows how British critics of empire were influenced by rebellions and resistance in the colonies, from the West Indies and East Africa to Egypt and India. In addition, a pivotal role in fomenting resistance was played by anticolonial campaigners based in London, right at the heart of empire.

Much has been written on how colonized peoples took up British and European ideas and turned them against empire when making claims to freedom and self-determination. Insurgent Empire sets the record straight in demonstrating that these people were much more than victims of imperialism or, subsequently, the passive beneficiaries of an enlightened British conscience—they were insurgents whose legacies shaped and benefited the nation that once oppressed them.’

The book is published by Verso Books.

Bishopsgate Institute, London

£7/£5. To book:


Lambeth Palace Talks

The Friends of Lambeth Palace run a lecture programme. See www.lambethpalacelibrary.org/content/friends

Saturday & Sunday 15-16 February 2020. People’s History. Radical Historiography and the Left in the Twentieth Century

Joint Conference: Socialist History Society, University of East Anglia School of History, and Institute of Working Class History, Chicago

Deadline for proposals for papers is Friday 29 November. Enquiries and details should be submitted at bit.ly/PeoplesHistory2020

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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