History Up-date 17 July

Sunday 18 July onwards. South Asian Heritage Month

Details of events around the country at:


There are five podcasts on the history on the Historical Association website:


Tuesday 20 – Thursday 22 July.  9 p.m. Uprising   

Film over three nights


Thursday 22 July. 2pm. Shadow of the Mine

Huw Beynon discusses his new book “The Shadow of the Mine” written with Ray Hudson about the importance of the coal mining industry and the consequences of its closure.  Written in an accessible style, filled with the voices of the people it tells the “long story” of the coal miners and raises questions about the future.

You can buy the book from Verso Books from


And on the day there will a code to reduce the price by 40%.

Join Zoom Meeting


Sunday 25 July. 2.30-4.30. Decolonising Parliament: Naoroji and Saklatvala, Britain’s “MPs for India”

2022 will be the 130th anniversary of pioneering Indian nationalist Dadabhai Naoroji’s election to the UK Parliament, from the London constituency of Central Finsbury. It will also be the centenary of the election of Shapurji Saklatvala, an important campaigner for Indian freedom, from Battersea North. Naoroji was elected as a Radical Liberal, Saklatvala first as a Labour and then as a Communist MP.

A South Asian Heritage Month event.

To join on Zoom: https://bit.ly/naorsak

Wednesday 28 July. 2-3pm. How Bangladesh Got To 50

South Asian Heritage Month at LSBU. Speaker Amit Dev, Editor of The British Bengalis sharing his thoughts on Bangladesh’s struggle for independence, how it got to 50, and what the future holds.


Thursday 12 August. Publication Date Rozina Visram’s History of the Asian Community in Britain

This is updated edition aimed at older children, but is a fascinating introduction for any adult who wants to start learning about the subject.   


Her two books for adults are still in print: Asians in Britain: 400 Years of History; Ayahs, Lascars and Princes: The Story of Indians in Britain 1700-1947  

Reading & Viewing

The Guardian

10 July. Lewis Hamilton interview – in the Weekend section

12 July. McQueen – New Cross Fire Story

13 July. Olusoga on the England Football Team

15 July. Ulrich Cross – African Royalty Joke

15 July. Windrush Statue Shortlist

BCA Digital Exhibitions


Enslavement & Black Atlantic





Junior Walker at Brixton’s Jam Club 1967

This includes YouTube video of part of his session.

Tayo Aluko’s Show Re—Robeson At Liverpool Theatre Festival

Racism And Football


Deportations Of Chinese Seafarers


Plus podcast


and a daughter’s search for her deported father:


You Can’t Tell the Story of 1776 Without Talking About Race and Slavery

Robert G. Parkinson (Associate Professor of History at Binghamton University and the author of Thirteen Clocks: How Race United the Colonies and Made the Declaration of Independence.


The “Social Distance” between Africa and African-Americans

 American popular culture inhibits a close relationship between African-Americans and the African continent.

Sanger Circus Collection

Our NHS: A Hidden History 

David Olusoga’s programme on BBC Thursday 15 July can be watched at:


The Shrewsbury Pickets

The latest issue of Shelf Life, the newsletter of the Working Class Movement Library reports on its archive about the Shrewsbury pickets.

Labour History Review (Vol 86.No 2)

The journal of the Society for the Study of Labour History.




Book reviews

Robert Colls. This Sporting Life: Sport and Liberty in England, 1760-1960.  Oxford University Press

Karuna Dietrich Wilenga. Weaving Histories: The Transformation of the Handloom Industry in South India, 1800-1960.  Oxford University Press for the British Academy

Christopher Frank Workers. Unions and Payment in Kind: The Fight for Real Wages in Britain, 1820-1914. Abingdon: Routledge

Ruth Cohen. Margaret Llewelyn Davies: With Women for a New World. Merlin Press

Cyril Pearce. Communities of Resistance: Conscience and Dissent in Britain during the First World War. Francis Boutle Publishers

Maarcel van der Linden, Anna Sailer, and Ravi Ahuja (eds.).‘The Distress is Impossible to Convey’: British and German Trade Union Reports on Labour in India (1926-1928). De Gruyter Ouldenbourg

See also on the same website:

 ‘A little judgement and ordinary human kindness’: the Peterborough Celta Mill strike, 1928

Andrew Carnegie and the libraries of Wales – book review

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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