Black & General History Update 3 September

Monday 14 September. Deadline For Proposals ForCall for Papers for What’s Happening in British Black History 14 October On Zoom

‘The recent Black Lives Matter protests have given added urgency to the longstanding focus of this workshop series. They have also pointed to the international connections between campaigns against racism and oppression in the UK and elsewhere in the world. We would like to make particular use of the capacity of internet platforms to link scholars from around the world to explore Black British History in a comparative context.’ The workshop on 14 October will ‘focus on the transnational context of Black British History’:

  1. developments elsewhere in the world, e.g. black liberation movements
  2. teaching materials, exhibitions and documentaries exploring these comparative perspectives
  3. links between Black British and Imperial/Colonial History
  4. the different ways in which European colonial powers have dealt with the legacies of Empire.

  5. Please send proposals to 

17 September. Closing Date For Applications for Lecturer in Transatlantic Slavery, Glasgow University

The University has teamed with the University of the West Indies to form a new Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research (GCCDR), one focus of which will be to investigate and develop public understanding of the history and social impact of transatlantic slavery.

Further information

October. Ten Things To Do in Black History Month

Thursday 15 October. 6pm. Silence and the Dynamics of African Creative Resistance.

On-line Gresham lecture by Gus Casely-Heyford.

Thursday 22 October. 6pm. The African Diaspora in Britain

On-line Gresham lecture by Hakim Adi.

Monday 26 October. 6pm. The Windrush Thinkers and Artists

On-line Gresham lecture by Richard Drayton.

Black Cultural Archives Re-Opens

BCA has re-opened Thursdays-Saturdays 11am-5pm with  social distancing measures, and a one-way system in place. BCA is also having to move its off-site archive out of its former home in Kennington, and will move it to specialist archive DeepStore records management. Records will be orderable a day in advance.

 Black Lives Matters

The Culture Wars

Nesrine Malik’s The right’s culture war is no longer a sideshow to our politics – it is our politics can be read at:

Policing Dangers

Britain’s first and former black Police Chief Constable warns about the dangers of policing methods.

Young People’s Views

The Guardian’s reportage on the views of young black people can be seen at

David Olusoga’s MacTaggart Lecture

I cannot find David Olusoga’s article on his MacTaggart lecture in The Guardian Journal (25 August) on The Guardian website. It concludes ‘Black Lives Matters has demanded we acknowledge the structural nature of racism and combat through structural change. Industries and institutions are being asked not simply to reform but to transform. TV has reacted to this challenge  promising greater and faster diversity in senior management and commissioning have been made. New money for new programmes hat tell black and minority stories has been pledged.

Whether this amounts to reformation or transformation is yet to be seen. But we have only got to this point by having difficult conversations that have been put off for far too long.’

A report from the University of Hertfordshire Creating Difference Overcoming Barriers to Diversity in UK Film and Television Employment can be downloaded at:

Leicester Clothing Factories

Since October 2017 less than 60 inspections were made to the 1,000 clothing factories in Leicester (The Guardian, 31 August). Have the cuts in money for inspections been a form of discrimination against people of South Asian heritage? 

National Trust To Undermine Addressing History of Slavery & Colonialism

The intention of the National Trust to cuts its education activities and staffing  will undermine its commitment to addressing the history of slavery in its properties.

What can members do?

(1)    Letter and emails to protest including threat to resign

(2)    Campaign at next AGM

(3)    Resign if fail to reverse the decision at the AGM

 What can non-members do?

(1)    Boycott visiting properties

(23)  Write/email to say will be boycotting

 orison system can be read here

Hans Sloane’s Slaves Erased From History

See David Olusoga’s article at:

Dr Harold Moody

On 1 September Google’s image on its search engine was  ‘Celebrate Dr Harold Moody’. Clicking on it took users to the internet listing about him.

Bust of Noor Inyat Khan

The bust of Noor Inyat Khan, the British secret agent killed by the Nazis, installed in Gordon Square in 2012 has received recent publicity. Coverage has included a piece and picture in the summer issue of London Landscapes published by the London Gardens Trust.

Tribute To Alex Pascall

Congratulations to The Guardian for its feature on Alex Pascall published on 3 September.

It was a pleasure working with Alex on the Nubian Jak Community Trust project on John Archer. At my suggestion he used the song The Drums of Battersea by Henry Lawson, the socialist outback poet, to work with pupils to create a new song about Archer.

South Asian Heritage Month

The first South Asian Heritage Month (18 July to 17 August) received very little publicity. The AIU Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust in Manchester on its blog at some of the history of South Asian migration to Manchester, including extracts from stories in its  archives:

See also:

HLF Recent Support For Black History


The foundation and first home of the British Museum

Vic Keegan writes at

Pre-Civil War Puritan Colonial Expansion in Ireland and the Americas Links

David Brown (Trinity College Dublin) writes in September’s History Today. His book Empire and Enterprise: Money, Power and the Adventurers for Irish Land (2020) is published by Manchester UP.

Remainder Books from Postscript

Short History of Cathars. 509963

Syria. A History of the Last Hundred Yeats. 511248

Emily Wilding Davison. 511636

Lady Byron and Her Daughters. 511684

The Indian Empire at War (FWW). 510863

William Blake’s House in Hercules Rd

Vic Keegan writes at:

Other History News

Music In The 18thC North

Simon Fleming at Durham University’s Department of Music researches and writes on the music of 18thC Britain with a particular focus on the North of England; the music of Charles Avison, John Garth, William Howgill jnr, John Pixell and others; the music of 18thC Lincolnshire particularly Stamford and Spalding; the music of Francis Sharp; and on music subscription lists.

History Through Wool and Felt

Newcastle based Sue Ward has drawn my attention to the creativity involved in two projects using knitting and felt making to depict aspects of the history of  Newcastle: the Woolly West  and Never Felt So Good projects. The pamphlets that were produced can be downloaded at:

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 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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