Black & General History News 10 October

Aberdeen University Black History Month

Bristol Black History Month

See also:

Saturday 17 October. 3.30-6.30pm.  Launch of Comrade Sak by Marc Wadsworth

Croydon-based activist Marc Wadsworth will be at Ruskin House signing copies of his new book. Complimentary refreshments and pay bar. Plus copies of my pamphlet on John Archer Battersea’s Black Mayor of 1913 on sale (as donation to Ruskin House)  and a rare EP of the Soviet Union’s anthem for auction (proceeds to Ruskin House). Social distancing and mask required. Please let let RH know if you are attending: 07941 890756.

From Cato St to Cuffay and 1848

7 December. 5.30pm.  150 years since the death of William Cuffay black leader of London Chartism in 1848. Has he been ignored by socialist historians?

Keith Flett Zoom Talk for London Socialist Historians

Celebrating John Archer (1863 – 1932)  – Video Talk by Me

In 1913 he was elected Mayor of Battersea, becoming the first black mayor in London. He was a notable Pan-Africanist and the founding president of the African Progress Union. Sean Creighton is an author and historian. We’d like to thank Sean for his time and assistance in producing this video, and note that Sean is taking medication which causes his speech to slur. Due to this and the nature of the recording, audio quality may vary.

Wandsworth Libraries Black History Month

Black Coal Miners

Footballer Nathan Blake presented a BBC TV documentary Wales’ Black Coal Miners.

The Black Miners Museum Project is at

Leila Hassan Howe Profile

‘My life was made hell. You’d just hear a tirade against immigrants’

Guardian profile of organiser of 1981 New Cross Fire protest and member Race Today collective.

Howe lives in Croydon and is the widow of Darcus Howe.

Discussion on BBC Radio

Everstine & Thompson

Pan Africanism

Black British History

Influences of the Black Art Movement

BBC Radio History Hour

Five eyewitness accounts of moments in British black history. Including the late Sam King remembering the voyage of the Empire Windrush, plus Britain’s first black head teacher Yvonne Conolly, Dr William Lez Henry on confronting the Far Right in the battle of Lewisham, Reggae star David Hinds on fighting the nightclub colour bar in 1970s Birmingham and Trix Worrell on the creation of the pioneering and hugely popular TV comedy Desmond’s. Max Pearson is joined by Colin Grant, the writer, broadcaster and author of Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation

Colin Grant on BBC Radio

Bert Wilson

Sandra Laing

Michael Manley


The Cato Street Conspiracy: Plotting, Counter-Intelligence and the Revolutionary Tradition in Britain and Ireland 
Edited by Professor Jason McElligott and Martin Conboy. Hardcover.  ISBN 978-1526144980. Manchester University Press 2019

See review at:

A London Story: 1848

Catherine Howe. APS Books 2020. Paperback. ISBN 978-1789960853

Review at

History Workshop Journal Articles

To Wednesday 28 October. The Hidden Rivers of South London

On-line talk by Jon Newman.

Click the following link and use the passcode to gain access. You will need to ‘fast forward’ about fifteen minutes into the recording to get to the actual beginning of the talk.
Access Passcode: !^j3sg.!


Pen & Sword Books Forthcoming Titles

Hitler’s Death Camps in Poland

The Ghettos of Nazi-Occupied Poland

Beating the Nazi Invaders, Hitler’s Spies etc in Britain 1940

The Anglo-Soviet Alliance (WW2)

We Also Served. The Forgotten Women of FWW

A Century of Female Revolution

Struggle and Suffrage in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Struggle and Suffrage in Morpeth & Northumberland

The Suffragette Bombers

James Chuter Ede: Humane Reformer and Politician

The Forgotten Slave Trade. White European Slaves of Islam

Seeking Sanctuary. A History of Refugees in Britain

Noble Volunteers. The British Soldiers who fought in the American Revolution

We Could Perceive No Sign. The Failed Colonies in North America 1526-1689

War At Sabre point. Bannastre Tarleton and the British Legion

The Spanish Flu Epidemic and its Influence on History

The NHS – The Story So Far

The Life of Richard Cadbury. Socialist, Philanthropist & Chocolatier

Women and Housing

Edwardian Rinking Boom

As a historian of the Edwardian rinking (roller skating boom) I was delighted to read in the Autumn issue of Scottish Local History the article by Douglas Lockhart and Diana Webster ‘I’m a fair flyer on the rollers now’: The Roller Rink mania in Scotland, 1908-1911.  As a result I have  shared information with the authors. My National Archives podcast (2012) can still be heard 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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