History Update 5 October

October. Black History Month In Manchester


October. Liverpool 8 Against Apartheid

A display exploring some of the strong connections between Liverpool’s Black community, Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid movement.

Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head Waterfront, L3 1DG

October. Coming Home: Jem Wharton

James ‘Jem’ Wharton was one of the most successful boxers in Britain in the first half of the 19th century. He represents a long history of Liverpool-based Black people’s achievements in boxing

Exhibition at Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head Waterfront, L3 1DG

Wednesday 6 to Saturday 9 October. 11am and 2pm. Inspirational Black Scousers

Join the Museum’s Learning & Participation Team as they talk through stories of many inspirational Black British people connected to Liverpool.

Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head Waterfront, L3 1DG

Saturday 9 October. 1-3pm. ‘Brown Babies’ of the Second World War

A talk by author Lucy Bland, drawing on research from her book Britain’s ‘Brown Babies’: The stories of children born to Black GIs and white women in the Second World War.

Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head Waterfront, L3 1DG

Saturday 9 October. 2-4pm. Benin display: Film screening, panel discussion and Q&A

A film screening and panel discussion with members of Liverpool’s African diasporic community. Panel members will reflect on a series of workshops they attended at the Museum. The gallery will celebrate the Edo Kingdom’s brilliant inheritance of court art, and confront the violent colonial history behind its theft by a British force in 1897.

World Museum, William Brown Street, L3 8EN

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 October. 11am-12noon & 1-4pm. Craft at the Museum – Joseph Johnson’s hat

Joseph Johnson was a Black sailor who lived 200 years ago. Younger visitors are invited to get creative and try their hand at making a replica of his hat.

Merseyside Maritime Museum, Royal Albert Dock L3 4AQ

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 October. Paul Robeson’s Love Song

Online play made for radio by Tayo Aluko + Q&A.

takes you back to the middle of the 20th century USA on a journey exploring, love, song, class and racism.

Tickets: visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5231400



for other performances throughout November at various venues in Liverpool & Humberside.

Monday 11 October. 7.30pm. Sculpture, Philanthropy and Liverpool’s Slave Trade

Historian Launce Westgaph explains how many statues were commissioned that have links to Liverpool’s slave trading past and how the wealth gained from this was used to create and pay for lavish works of art.

Palm House, Sefton Park, L17 1AP

Tickets: ticketquarter.co.uk

Saturday 16 October.  2pm. Yore Lens on L8

A special screening of a series of short films and documentaries by Akoma Arts that celebrate decades of creativity, art, and history in the Liverpool 8 community.

Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head Waterfront, L3 1DG

Sundays 17 & 24 October.11am-12noon & 1.30-3.30pm. Close up on slavery, abolition and activism

Visitors are invited to get hands-on with some important objects by joining the Learning & Participation Team as they present the International Slavery Museum’s handling collection.

International Slavery Museum, Royal Albert Dock, L3 4AQ

Monday 18 October. 4pm (US ET). The Hidden Economic Activities Of Enslaved And Free People Of Color In Barbados, Jamaica And South Carolina From 1670-1770

Talk by PhD student Teanu Reid


Tuesday 26 – Thursday 28 October. 12-5pm. Hall of Fame Luton’s First Mobile Black History Museum

The Graphic Studio, 1st Floor Unit 6G, 37 The Mall, Luton, LU1 2LU.

Saturday 6 November 2pm. Camden Black History Walk

Starting from Warren Street Underground Station. Led by Alan Hovell of Camden Tour Guides. Duration: two hours. Free. Book here:



Eric Williams, Capitalism & Slavery






Olusoga On Black History Month


A French Family, Grenada And Slavery


John Archer

Sacha Ismail of Worker’s Liberty has posted an appreciation of Archer drawing on my pamphlet, which he also promotes.


I am giving talks at two Battersea secondary schools on Archer this month.

Marxism & History

Essays On Bryan D Palmer, Marxism, And History


1921 Census

 Why Publication Of The 1921 Census Will Matter To Labour Historians


And a Video

Reconstructing society in central Nigeria prior to 1800. Talk


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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