History Update 19 December

What a strange couple of years it has been because of the pandemic. Alongside the Black Lives Movement and the controversies about telling the real histories of Britain, our history interests have benefited as a result of Zoom and other Internet talk formats allowing people to take part in in those events they would not have been able to if they had been held in physical meetings. A continuing problem is how to get the information about talks etc around the networks. The Black History Lunchtime Convervsations series has only recently come to my attention thanks to a reader of this blog. Another is the short notice given in circulating information via email and social media. How can networking sharing of information be improved in the coming year?

Have a enjoyable Xmas and New Year Break.

Sunday 19 December. 7-9m. Remembering Allan Wilmot

The Windrush Foundation Zoom event. Its obituary of Wilmot is at


Marc Wadsworth’s appreciation of was published in ‘Other Lives’ in  The Guardian yesterday.

To join the Zoom goto


Nursing A Nation

Message from Nubian Jack Community Trust:

‘We trust you are all keeping well. 2021 has been an exciting year for the Trust, and as we near its completion we thought it a good idea to forward you a link to our website which has details on the anthology we published this year. It accompanied the unveiling of a statue to NHS Windrush & Commonwealth in North London, and includes an endorsement letter from Her Majesty the Queen in the introduction. Nursing A Nation is the most comprehensive book to date highlighting diversity and inclusion in the NHS, before and since its formation in 1948. Although the RRP for the book is £34.99, we have reduced it as a festive offer so that the RRP is inclusive of Postage and Packaging. Please feel free to share the link if you think there is anyone who would benefit from this amazing and informative resource.

Nursing A Nation – Nubian Jak Community Trust

Reading & Viewing

Black History Lunchtime Conversations


The Caribbean










Slave Rebellions


Interview with Thomas Harding about his book White Dust. The Demerara Uprising and Britain’s Legacy of Slavery  in Christmas issue of BBC  History Magazine.

Labour Movement


South Asians in Britain


Paul Robeson


Franz Fanon’s Legacy


Barbados Becomes A Republic


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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