History news & information at 10 September

Eighteenth-Century Political Participation and Electoral Culture (ECPPEC)

ECPPEC is a £933,750 three-year project funded by the AHRC, running from January 2020 to December 2022. It is led by Professor Matthew Grenby (School of English, Newcastle University), with Co-Investigators Professor Elaine Chalus (Dept. of History Liverpool) and Dr Tom Schofield (Digital Cultures, Newcastle), and partners History of Parliament and the Institute of Historical Research.

The project aims to produce new understanding of parliamentary elections in England between 1696 and 1832. Even though few could vote, these elections were often accompanied by an explosion of print, sermons, and song; processions, assemblies, and entertainments; and even new modes of dress, decoration, and behaviour Men and women, adults and children, rich and poor, franchised and unenfranchised, all participated – as consumers, but also as active makers of these extraordinary cultural and political experiences. ECPPEC will combine literary, cultural and historical study of the print, visual, musical and material culture of elections, with ‘big data’ analysis of poll books, including innovative mapping, visualisation and psephological assessment of who voted, who they voted for, and how this changed over time and place. It will investigate whether and how the different attempts to reach, engage and influence the public during the electoral process affected voting patterns, and even outcomes. As such, the project has sharp, contemporary relevance in an age when fewer people are voting, and when data analytics and targeted media interventions are changing the way we think about how democracy functions. – Matthew Grenby

Black History

Ira Aldridge of Martin Hoyles’s Book


Black Women of the First World War

Stephen Bourne’s essay can be see at


Nottingham University and slavery connections inquiry

The University of Nottingham has joined the group of UK universities seeking to investigate their connections to historical transatlantic slavery. Please see below a link to an advert for a post, based in the Department of History, University of Nottingham, to work on the project ‘Nottingham’s universities and historical transatlantic slavery’.

Please note that applications are welcome from candidates who have completed a PhD (or close to completion) in relevant research areas or equivalent level research so please advertise this around your networks outside academia as well within.

Please note that applications close on 7th October 2019.


Billie Strcahan Review


“To Live and Die, Free and French: Toussaint Louverture’s 1801 Constitution and the Original Challenge of Black Citizenship.” Radical History Review 115 (Winter 2013): 65-90.



Enslaved Muslims and the Black Atlantic by Paul Lovejoy



Slave resistance and emancipation: the case of Saint Domingue. In Seymour Drescher, Pieter C. Emmer, eds., Who Abolished Slavery? Slave Revolts and Abolitionism: A Debate with João Pedro Marques. New York: Berghahn Books, 2010. pp. 132-140.


Chartism Essays

Chartist Drama: The Performance of Revolt.pdf

Gregory Vargo article in Victorian Studies, 2018


‘Songs for the Millions’: Chartist Music and Popular Aural Tradition 1


Wordless Communication in the Chartist Movement


Chartism and Shakespeare


Remainder Books from www.psbooks.co.uk

Catherine Fletcher. The Black Princes of Florence (Allesandro de’ Medici) (hbk)

Paul Rabbitts. Hyde Park. The People’s Park

Amarpal Singh. The Second Anglo-Sikh War

Shirley Wittering. The Ecology of Enclosure. The Effect of Enclosure on Society, Farming and the Environment in South Cambridgeshire, 1798-1850

C. J. Montague. Sixty Years in Waifdom or, The Ragged School Movement in English History. (Hbk)

Tim Eggington. The Advancement of Music in Enlightenment England. Benjamin Coke and the Academy of Ancient Music. (Hbk)

Treason. Rebel Warriors and International Traitors

Edited by Steve Cushion & Christian Hogsbjerg. Socialist History Society Occasional Publication 44

Essays include Napoleon’s Polish Deserters in the West Indies; The Saint Patrick’s Battalion; resistance to the Nazis from 1933; and German and Italian volunteers in the French Resistance.

£5 plus postage from SHS. www.socialisthistorysociety.co.uk

Special Offer: Historical Studies in Industrial Relations

HSIR is losing its storage facilities at Keele University so back-issues are being offered for sale at the bargain price of £1 per single issue, numbers 1–22 (1996–2006), and £2 per double issue/annual, numbers 23/24–31/32 (1997–2011) and 33–37 (2012–2016), plus postage and packing. This is a one-off sale as afterwards we will have to dispose of most copies. Single issues are approximately 60,000 words in length; double-issues and annuals, 110,000

HSIR was established to provide an outlet for research on the history of industrial relations. This includes research on contemporary issues, which often lack a historical foundation.

See the HSIR website for authors and articles https://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/loi/hsir

To buy back-issues, contact Paul Smith: paulsmithblist@hotmail.co.uk

Rock for Change/Charity Rock/Rock for a Cause

Contributions are sought for an edited collection on the subject of benefit concerts and benefit recordings (albums, singles).
If you are interested in contributing, please send a 250-word abstract and a 150-word bio to Nick.Baxter-Moore@brocku.caand/or P.Grant@city.ac.uk by November 1, 2019. Abstracts should briefly describe the event(s) to be discussed, the themes or issues to be addressed, and their importance as contributions to the overall topic. 




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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