History Events & News At 27 October

Wednesday 27 &  Thursday 28 October. No Ordinary Book Shop event Luton



Thursday 28 October. 6pm. Is Black History Month Still Relevant or Not to the Community?

See previous posting

Friday 29 – Sunday 31 October. Sensing the Planet Conference

3-day gathering at Dartington Trust in Devon.

Speakers inc. Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Paul Gilroy Barby Asante and Ingrid Pollard.

The Serpentine, the Royal Court TheatreUCL’sSarah Parker Remond Centrefor the study of racism and racialisation and Dartington Trust will launch Black Atlantic, a new decolonial arts partnership that aims to strengthen the role of arts and culture in advancing social and climate justice.


Saturday 30 October.11am-7pm. Windrush Generation Legacy Association Black Music Event

Live and on-line event involving Croydon Sound System “Black Knight”. Caribbean food will be available. COVID safety rules within the unit.

The Windrush Generation Legacy Association, 1036-7, The Whitgift Centre, Croydon (first floor, opposite Card Factory)

On line at Instagram: thewindrushgla

Saturday 30 October. 10.30am. Park Town Estate, Battersea Guided Walk


Local architect Anaïs Bléhaut, has recently created a splendid leaflet on the history of the Park Town Estate in Battersea. Free copy downloadable at

Sunday 31 October. Reimagining Lincolnshire – Black RAF Veterans

University of Lincoln Zoom event of meeting between RAF veterans Ralph Ottey (97) and Sidney McFarlane (86), specially recorded for Black History Month 2021. They reminisce about Black RAF personnel in Lincolnshire during and since the Second World War. The conversation is pre-recorded; there will be a live Q&A.


Meeting ID: 897 1041 7002
Passcode: 962580

Monday 1 November. 5.30pm. Cato Street 1820 & Turtle Soup

 Zoom talk by Judy Meewezen  about her novel for London Socialist Historians Group 

Tuesday  2 November. On the street where you live: Dulwich Communists

Talk by Duncan Bowie on a group of Dulwich based communists in the post war period


Tuesday 2 November. 6.30pm. Heroes? Nations, Memory and the Jews

On-line talk by Ludivine Broch (University of Westminster); Dr Michael Carter-Sinclair (King’s College London); Dr Victoria Khiterer (Millersville University); Professor Elizabeth Tingle (De Montfort University) for Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations and Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism.


Thursday 4 November. 6.30-8.30 pm.Three Gentlemen of Battersea

Talk by Jean Rathbone for Battersea Society atSt Marys Church, Battersea Church Road, London SW11.  £5, payable in advance or at the door.


Monday 8 – Friday 12 November. Working Class Studies in Ireland Conference

Wednesdays 10 November – 19 January.7-9pm. The Long Forty Years: 1979 – 2019

The last 40 years have changed working class communities beyond recognition. Thatcher, New Labour, Austerity and Brexit. and now Johnson and the breach of the ‘Red Wall’.

Workers Education Association free on-line course – 6 sessions.


Thursday 11 November. Learning from the 1970s – part 2

Independent Working Class Education hybrid meeting  at Working Class Movement 

Library in Salford and on Zoom. Contact Keith Venables at


Thursday 11 November. 8-9.30pm. A Review Of 50 Years of Wandsworth Society.

Live meeting at West Side Church, Melody Road, London SW18. It is also hoped to stream the meeting via Zoom.


Monday 15 November. 8pm. Battersea’s First Lady. The life and times of Carole Ganley MP’

Live and Zoom talk by Sue Demont for Clapham Society.

The Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common North Side, SW4

To book a place at the Omnibus Theatre email Alyson at history@claphamsociety.com

To attend on Zoom contact Christine 


 Thursday 18 November. 7pm. A Stranger in a Strange Place

Based on a true story, this one-off audio drama by Mel Pennant for Tamasha and The National Archives explores repatriation of people from the British West Indies in 1920s Liverpool.


Saturday 20 November. 10am – 1pm. William Morris – Past, Present and Future

Talk by John Stirling, Vice Chair of the William Morris Society

Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7BJ (entrance at the side of the Fenwicks Building)

Working Class Movement Library Events


2022. 18thC Revolution and Empire Conference



John Halstead

It is with sadness that I have to report that John,a Vice-President of the Society for the Study of Labour History, whom I have known since 1966 passed away on 25 October. Further details to follow.

Change At Black Cultural Archives

Arike Oke has stepped down as Managing Director of Black Cultural Archives, but will remain in an advisory capacity as a member of BCA’s Archives Advisory Group.  Lisa Anderson will join BCA as Interim Managing Director on 6 December. She is curator, consultant, and arts facilitator who established the educational platform Black British Art and runs the Lisa Anderson Arts Consultancy.

Black Canadians

Black New Brunswickers in Canada are subject to an exhibition there with biographies readable at  


Thanks to Dr. Afua Dadesen Cooper, Professor: Black History and African Diaspora Studies at Dalhousie University for this information.

The Pinney Mountravers Plantation On Nevis

I have only just come across this fantastic site by Christine Eickelmann and David Small.


Radical Jack’s Papers Deposited At Durham University

The papers of John George Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham Papers, known as ‘Radical Jack’, have been deposited at the University of Durham Special Collections. They have yet to be catalogued. The University is hoping to do a project about him. His papers when he was in Canada were deposited sometime ago with the national archives in Canada.


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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