History Update 23 June

29 June.Amended re-Battersea walks 2, 9 & 11 July

To 29 August. The Windrush Caribbean Film Festival #WCFF2021

Explore Windrush Arts, online, on-demand with a special focus on Carnival Arts including Music, Mas, Costumes, Photography and more.  Join us for 30+ Films, Live Screenings, Q&As, Workshops, Conversations with Artists, Masterclasses and more!


Wednesday 23 June. 5.15pm. The Story of Sugar and Rum: The Legacies of Family, Wealth and Power in Barbados and Britain

Tara Inniss (University of the West Indies)

Online IHR Seminar talk.


Thursday 24 June. 2pm. What can today’s Socialist Movement Learn from the 1970s?

Join Zoom Meeting


Thursday 24 June. 5.15pm. The Mau Mau Rebellion

Niels Boender (University of Warwick), Lauren Brown (University of Dundee)

On-line IHR Seminar


Friday 25 June. 11am. J M W Turner

Free on-line Croydon  Library talk.


Friday 25 June 8pm. People and Families of the Wandle Valley

Talk by Mick Taylor (Wandle Industrial Museum) for Wandsworth Historical Society

Join Zoom meeting


Meeting ID: 845 7820 2352

Passcode: 213952

Wednesday 30 June. 1.45 for 2pm. The History of Theatre in Croydon    

Talk by Dee Palmer will give an illustrated talk on

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Meeting ID: 868 2646 9395
Passcode: 997554

Fridays 2 (2.30pm) & Sunday 11 July. 11am. Twixt The Commons Walks

Stephen Midlane will lead his walk between Wandsworth and Clapham Commons for Friends of Wandsworth Common

Let us know which option you prefer by emailing


Friday 9 July. 11am. Battersea vs The British Empire – Revolutionary Walking Tour

Including through the story of John Archer, Sharpurji Saklatvala and Charlotte Despard.

Including through the story of John Archer, Sharpurji Saklatvala and Charlotte Despard.



Wednesday 7 July. 5:15pm. Peripheralizing the Spheres: Theatrical infrastructures and audiences of the imperial provinces

Kathleen Wilson (State University of New York at Stony Brook)

On-line IHR Seminar


Friday 9 July. Closing Date For Applications For Lecturer in Francophone Black Studies

The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at Edinburgh University is looking to appoint a Lecturer in Francophone Black Studies to diversify our existing teaching provision by offering new research-led courses. See its website.

Musical Truth

A History of Modern Black Britain in 28 Songs – at a glance

Former Wimbledon College pupil Jeffrey Boakye discussed his book Musical Truth at the Wimbledon BookFest. Back in February Boakye spoke at the College’s February Inset Day. The recording can be seen at:


Password: 3a43anb

Starts 10mins in

 Published by Faber Children’s it is highly recommended for schools. A  full explanation and samples of songs featured in the book are on


Thanks to my cousin Simon Potter, who was one of Boakye’s teachers at the College.

Further information about Boakye’s other books, journalism  and teaching activities see:


Enslavement And The Black Atlantic

New Books From Duke University Press

The Jamaica Reader. History, Culture, Politics. Diana Paton and Matthew J. Smith.

Reckoning with Slavery. Gender, Kinship, and Capitalism in the Early Black Atlantic

Jennifer L Morgan.


History Scotland  journal(May/June) contains the following articles:

Scotland and the art of slavery. Dr David Alston

Colonel John Gordon of Cluny: the rishest commoner’ and his West Indian estates. Neil M. Bruce

The remarkable career of Peter McLagan MP. David William Main









Statue Wars: One Summer in Bristol 


Wandsworth & Merton History

Fitzhugh Estate

Friends of Wandsworth Common recorded talk at:

Sporting History

WiSH is a new museum and centre for Wandsworth and Merton in Sporting History, for all sports, but with a special focus on football and Wimbledon

This project aims to become the hub for memorabilia and artefacts to reflect a unique 130+ year footballing history, and include other sports which have impacted on the Merton & Wandsworth areas.

To find out more and keep in touch with progress, visit the Wimbledon in Sporting History Website www.wimbledoninsportinghistory.com and www.historicaldons.com

United States History

Urban Encounters. Native Americans

History Today. July 2021

The Elaine Race Massacre of 1919


Paul Robeson Graphic Biography Reviewed


Paul Robeson Appreciation



Radical Singers



British History

Leaders of British Communism in the 1920s



Babylon Film About Black Londoners. (History Today. July 2021)

Stop Press. 17thC Government Spies (Ditto)

The Life and Work of the Rt. Hon James Griffiths 

Ben Rees. Modern Welsh Publications

Minister of National Insurance under Atlee.

Living With Shakespeare. Saint Helen’s Parish, London 1593-1598. Geoffrey Marsh. Edinburgh University Press

Scandal and Survival in Nineteenth Century Scotland. The Life of Jane Cumming. Frances B. Singh.Boydell/University of Rochester Press.

The story of an Indian-Scottish woman (1795/6 – 1844), who lived in Britain from 1803. Reviewed in History Scotland. May/June.

Journey for Justice Project Launch

The recorded video of the launch of its two projects can be seen at:

The two projects  and their resources can be seen at:


Commemorating The Empire Windrush

And Windrush Generation

22 June was Windrush Day. It was been marked in many ways.




Marc Wadsworth Tweets

‘Proud my father was one of the Windrush pioneers. Labour Black Sections dedicated Black Agenda to them. Please support a fundraising walkathon to help Jamaica’s Curphey home where dad’s buried.’

The walkathon will be at the Royal Arsenal. Woolwich.


About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. 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, radical and suffrage movements, 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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1 Response to History Update 23 June

  1. Professor Lisa Merrill says:

    Thank you for all of this important work, Sean. Please add me to your mailing list. Lisa merrill

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