History Update 15 August

Lambeth Heritage Festival September

The excellent programme for the Festival is now on


It includes:

11 September Muslim History Walk led by Abdul Maalik Taylor

My Zoom talk on Music and Lambeth: a historic review – 13 September

18 September. Clapham 1807. Walk led by Steve Martin

21 September. Radical Lambeth 1978- 1991. Talk by Simon Hannah, author of the book on the same title.

24 September. Super Sam film by Sandi Hudson-Francis explores the life of a Windrush Generation immigrant through her intimate portrait of 92 year old Clovis Salmon, who left Jamaica in 1945 to work on sugar plantations in America before settling in Brixton in 1954 where he purchased a Super 8 film Camera and began documenting life around him. 

26 September. Workshop about the oral history project and exhibition based at the Garden Museum that explores the history and culture of Caribbean gardening in South London.

28 September. 492 Korna Klub presents a live in person Human Library Windrush Performance showcasing Windrush elders & their kin.

29 September. As part of 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance, the Mending Room invites you to join The Menders to consider and re-imagine creative ways to elevate Brixton.

30 September. Re/Naming: anti-racism and anti-colonialism on Lambeth’s streets.

Vacancies At Black Cultural Archives 

BCA is looking for people to join the team across a number of roles at BCA including: Visitor Assistants (x3), Marketing Manager and Chair of the Board & three new Trustees. Closing date for some: 16 August.


British Society For 18thC Studies Annual Conference January

The Annual Conference will take place 5-7  January as a free Zoom event. The theme is “Indifference and Engagement”. The call for papers closes on 1 November. Registration to take part is open.


Enslavement And The Black Atlantic

Blood Legacy

Alex Renton’s Blood Legacy: Reckoning with a Family’s Story of Slavery (Cannongate) is about the Scottish Fergusson family’s involvements in Tobago and Jamaica.

Slave Courts in British Colonies


Slaves Household Economies


Emancipation Day



Archaeology And Landscape


Haitian Revolution



Dutch Islands









Stuart Hall Foundation Recorded Discussions

Stuart Hall: Selected Writings on Marxism – 30 June


Reconstruction Work: Can the Museum be Decolonised?  – 7 July


Reimagining Schools  – 28 June


British History

Scotland And Slavery


French anarchists in Victorian and Edwardian London


The League of Nations Union in the North-West of England 


History of Croham

The recorded talk by Chris Harman for the Sanderstead Local History Group can be viewed at:



‘I really tried to warn people’.

Interview with Paul Gilroy

The Guardian Long Read 5 August

Vanley Burke, Photographer Of Black Birmingham

The Guardian G2 12 August

Thatcherism And The Renewal Of The Left

Verso has published this book by Stuart Hall.

The Riots 10 Years On

Among the many press articles on the 2011 riots The Guardian Review (7 August) contained a lengthy article by artist Baff Akoto.

Labour Heritage Bulletin

The Summer edition of the Bulletin contains articles on the MP Ellis Smith, a 1921 enquiry into life on canal boats, the Countess of Warwick and her Socialist vicars, the London and Provincial Union of Licensed Vehicle Workers, and a review Ruth Cohen’s book on Margaret Llewellyn Davies, and Harry Taylor on Victor Grayson. Copies can be obtained via labourheritage45@btinternet.com

Battersea’s Female Pioneers

My friend Professor Penelope Corfield writes about an event she organised earlier in the year about Battersea’s female pioneers on her blog at:


Keith Leybourn’s 50 Years


The Roots of Racism and Statues Debates

‘How the far right highjacked the ancient world’ BBC History magazine September.

Cecil Rhodes And Other Statues

The sub-title of this new book by Robert Calderisi is ‘Dealing Plainly With the Past’

“Debates about statues are often posed in simplistic primary colours.” Interview with Alex von Tunzelmann, author of Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues  That Made History (Headline). BBC History magazine. September

Other Histories

Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837

The Group ‘is a small, informal, multidisciplinary group formed to promote women’s studies in the early modern period and the long eighteenth century. Established in the 1980s, the group has enabled those interested in women’s and gender studies to keep in touch, hear about one another’s research, meetings and publications, and meet regularly to discuss relevant topics.’ It organises regular meetings and an annual workshop’  Further details and its talks programme from September can be seen at  


The Tragedy Of The CIA

For those of us who have known for decades about the shady history of the CIA more damning evidence about it is discussed and assessed in Scott Anderson’s The Quiet Americans: Four CIA Spies at the Dawn of the Cold War – A Tragedy in Three Acts (Picador). A detailed review is in the 12 August issue of The London Review of Books.

Walter Rubusana – Key Founder Of ANC

The Tentacles Of The Holocaust In The Middle East

Gershon Gorenberg reviews the evidence. BBC History Magazine September

The International Importance Of Auld Lang Syne

Professor Penelope Corfield discusses this in her blog posting about world citizenship at:


France In The World

‘An abiding theme’ of this new book ‘is the shadow cast across several continents by French imperialism.’ (John Kampner in review in Guardian Review 14 August)

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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