History Events from 6 April

Tuesday. 6 April. 7pm. Sir William Beveridge – the Man, the Report and the Berwick Division

Zoom talk by Mike Fraser about Sir William Beveridge the hugely popular architect of the welfare state who became Liberal MP for Berwick in 1944 only to be swept away in the Labour landslide of 1945. Mike will discuss his early life, his report, the reasons for his defeat at Berwick and his subsequent career.

Join Zoom Meeting North East Labour History Society


Meeting ID: 869 9130 1904

Passcode: 149601

Wednesday 7 April. 11am. The Lost Portrait of Mary Seacole and its Forgotten Artist 

On-line talk by Dr. Helen Rappaport.

To register:    www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-lost-portrait-of-mary-seacole-and-its-forgotten-artist-tickets-135863907605

Wednesday 7 April. 6pm. ‘Down with the fences!

Talk by Philip Boys on the campaign to save the Common in the run-up to the 1871 Act of Parliament – link obtainable from friends@wandsworthcommon.org

Thursday 8 April. 7.30pm. The Ram Brewery

Talk by John Hatch, employee of Youngs about the history of the site and his own story of brewing.

Wandsworth Society.

Email events@wandsworthsociety.org  for details of Zoom link

Friday 9 April. Tayo Aluko Launches Radio Play Paul Robeson’s Love Song

Friday is the 123rd anniversary of Paul Robeson’s birth. Tayo Aluko is launching his new radio play in USA, Canada and Australia in which two middle-aged siblings discover a surprising familial connection with the legendary Black baritone as they listen to news reports of the racial awakening across America during the summer of 2020. The play is based on events surrounding Paul Robeson’s concert in Peekskill, New York in 1949, and the racist, anti-communist riots that came before and after it.


See Tayo’s explanation at


Monday 12 April. 7.15pm. 19thC Workhouse and Medical Care For The Poor In Surrey. Care or Punishment

Zoom talk by Dr Judy Hill for Surrey History Meet-Up group.


Thursday 15 April. 6.30pm. Sylvia Pankhurst in America

Talk by Katherine Connelly, author of Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of Empire (Pluto Press, 2013) & A Suffragette in America: Reflections on Prisoners, Pickets and Political Change (Pluto Press, 2019).

To register in advance:

Wednesday 21 April. 7pm. The Aftermath of Peterloo.

Talk for NDHLHS by Professor Robert Poole on the aftermath of Peterloo.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 860 3384 8801
Passcode: 324096

Sunday 25 April to 25 May.Son of the Nile

Tayo Aluko is involved in a rehearsal reading  on African Theatre to your Home 


Tuesday 27 April. 6pm. A Brief Social History of Battersea

A talk by local historian and local councillor Tony Belton looking back on 200 years of Battersea social history over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – the good, the bad and the not so ugly.

Battersea Society event. Email events@batterseasociety.org.uk  to receive Zoom login details.

Thursday April 29. Exploring “Greatness  Workshop 

Workshop by Tayo Aluko on his poem Greatness In a Time of Covid. 

UCLan (University of Central Lancashire)


Friday 30 April. William Davidson and the Cato Street Conspiracy

Talk by Peter Daniel for Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Libraries.


Wednesday 5 May. 7.45pm. Sir Joseph Wilson Swan

Zoom talk by DrJohn Ridley Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society.

Swan was the Inventor who grew up on Tyneside then moved to London and Warlingham in Surrey.

To book email cnhss.info@gmail.com with ZOOM SWAN in the subject heading by Sunday 2 May.

Thursday 6 May. 4pm. Hidden Histories: research, representation and reinterpretation at Caribbean historic sites

Zoom seminar: Grace Turner ( Antiquities, Monuments & Museum Corporation (AMMC), The Bahamas), Reg Murphy (The Historical and Archaeological Society of Antigua and Barbuda), John Angus Martin (The Saba Archaeological Center)


Wednesday 12 May. 6pm. Local Hero: the story of John Buckmaster 

A talk by Sue Demont on the extraordinary Battersea polymath John Charles Buckmaster (1820-1908). As a St Mary’s Churchwarden and a Battersea Vestry member, his crowning achievement was leading the fight to save Wandsworth Common from developers 150 years ago. He earned further local and national fame for his teaching, his scientific knowledge, his grasp of environmental issues and even his cooking – despite starting full time work aged just 10 years old. As a young man he worked for the Anti-Corn Law League.

Battersea Society event. Emaievents@batterseasociety.org.uk  to receive Zoom login details

18 May. 5.30pm. Music, migration, mobilities and mappings: musicians from Nazi Europe in Britain

London Group of Historical Geographers  Zoom Seminar

Peter Adey & Michael Holden (Royal Holloway), Nils Grosch (Universität Salzburg),  Norbert Meyn & Beth Snyder (Royal College of Music)


Saturday 5 June. 6.30pm. 19th Century Super heroine: Sarah Parker Remond

Redmond was an African-American abolitionist campagner in Britain

Talk organised by Black History Walksand Sarah Parker Redmond Centre (UCL)


Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 June. Call Mr. Robeson and  Just An Ordinary Lawyer

Performances by Tayo Aluko at Greenwich Theatre.

Saturdays 3 & 10 July. Exploring “Greatness  Workshop 

Workshop by Tayo Aluko on his poem Greatness In a Time of Covid. 

The Library Presents, Cambridgeshire County Council


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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