Daily to 31 October. Victorian Footprints
Bethnal Green was transformed during Victorian times. The landscape evolved – as new housing, schools, churches and parks were created – and social reformers made their mark too, seeking to improve education, healthcare and living conditions. Missions, museums and music halls all played their part. The setting up of Oxford House in 1884 was part of this transformation. So, when Oxford House’s building underwent a major redevelopment in 2019, it was keen to find out more about the context in which it first started out. Working with Walk East it brought together a group of local residents to track down stories of Victorian Bethnal Green. The exhibition and booklet shares their remarkable discoveries.
Oxford House, Bethnal Green
The pamphlet I published for Oxford House in the 1940s can be ordered here:
Wednesday 16 October. 7-9pm. Poverty Injustice – Building Power at the Grassroots!
Journey for Justice event as part of London Challenge Poverty Week, focussing on addressing human rights and attitudes related to economic injustice and the causes and consequences of poverty.
Resource For London, 356 Holloway Road. London, N7 6PA.
Monday 21 October. 6pm. Territory, timing and voluntary action: the Council of Social Service for Wales and a new historiography of the ‘British Welfare State’
Talk by Christala Sophocleous and Dan Wincott (Cardiff University) for Voluntary Action History Society at UCL Institute of Education.
Saturday 26 October. 7pm. The Peterloo Massacre
Talk by Peter Sagar at Tyneside Irish Centre
Sagar has been recorded talking about the Peterloo Massacre protest for Radio Newcastle and the interview will be broadcast Sunday morning 13 October between 7 and 9am.
There is also a piece on the Heaton History Group website about it here: https://heatonhistorygroup.org
5 November. 7pm. Foodbank Histories
Talk by Silvie Fisch (Oral History Unit and Collective, Newcastle University) for North East Labour History Society, about the Foodbank Histories project of recorded interviews with clients, volunteers and foodbank supporters, aiming to challenge public understanding of the issues of food poverty.
Old George Inn, Bigg Market.
Sunday 17 November. 2pm. Star and Shadow: Rewinding the Welfare State: A Social History of the North East on Film
A joint event with the North East Film Archive, Teesside University, North East Labour History Society and the Star and Shadow Cinema
Star and Shadow Cinema, Warwick Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1BB
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