History Events, Reading Etc 6 January

Saturday 8 January. 2pm. A personal history of the politics of the 1970s

Socialist History Society Zoom meeting with Shelia Rowbotham

Register in advance at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rc-ygqTojHtVxT7Qn7DG9pBW_rPeDFqFq

Monday 10 – Saturday 29 January. Changing the Story: Photographs of British Life in Black and White (1917-1962)

North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford

Examples of the photos of Caribbean people can be seen in The Guardian of 5 January.

Monday 10 January. 7.15pm for7.30pm.The Wandle’s Calico People

Zoom talk organised by Surrey Meetup group.


Monday 10 January. 7pm. Commemorating The Salters

Talk by  Graham Taylor to the Quaker Socialist Society on the Salter Centenary Project and the work of the Salters.


Meeting ID: 837 9587 6713; Passcode: 061122

The Salter Centenary Project will mark the 100th anniversary of Alfred Salter’s election as a Labour MP in November 1922 when Ada also made history by becoming mayor of Bermondsey, making her the first woman mayor in London and the first Labour woman mayor in Britain. Graham with Sheila Taylor is joint author of the biography of Ada Salter published in 2016. A summary of the project can be found at 


Copies of Graham’s ILP pamphlet, Ada Salter and The Origins of Ethical Socialism published in 2017 are available at


Tuesday 11 January. 4.30pm & Friday 14. 11pm.Great Lives Lady Rhonnda

Angela Johns discusses  Lady Rhonnda, a suffragette on BBC Radio.

Tuesday 18 January. 7pm. Zoom: Magical Mystery Tour Of  Wandsworth Common’s History

Philip Boys for The Friends of Wandsworth Common.

Wandsworth Common. For Zoom link contact the Friends through their website.

Philip posts a monthly set of information about the history of the Commom at


Saturday 22 January. Walk Re- Corruganza Boxmakers

This walk led by Geoff Simmonds is the first step on the road in the Corruganza Boxmakers plaque initiative. Geoff thinks he has ‘found somewhere which will work’ subject to  official permission ‘Anyway this walk will be an opportunity to have a look at it and see what everybody else thinks. Please do come along if you can or spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested in something which should be more widely known and recognised.’

Monday 24 January. 6pm. The Shopkeepers of St Dunstan’s: From Blind Veterans to Businessmen and Breadwinners

George Gosling Zoom talk for Voluntary Action History Society. To  book go to www.history.ac.uk/seminars/voluntary-action-history

Friday 28 January. 7.30pm. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s  Piano Trio in E minor

Part of Brahms and the Great Romantics concert. St James’s Piccadilly.

Victoria Sayles, violin, Victoria Simonsen, cello & Warren Mailley-Smith, piano


Beethoven – Piano Trio, Op.1 No.1 in E flat major
Brahms – Piano Trio No.1 Op.8 in B major

Tickets: £22-£28. Phone: 0333 666 3366 


Saturday 29 January. George Julian Harney Commemoration

This Derby event has been postponed until later in the year due to Covid.

Sunday 30 January. 2pm. Striking Women: Struggles & Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet

Talk by Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson for Socialist Women Reading Group.


Monday 31 January. Closing Date For Paper Proposals for VAHS Conference

The Conference postponed in 2020 will take place between Wednesday 13 and Friday 15 July. Title: Voluntary Action in changing times: creating history or repeating it?


Monday 31 January. Closing Date For Papers For New Perspectives on Cultural Heritage and German Global History Conference 6-8 July


Friday 4 February. Slavery and Resistance in Seventeenth-Century England: Revolution Then and Now

Zoom seminar talk by Simon Newman for Princeton University.



Laurence Westgaph reminds us about the sale of enslaved Africans in England citing an example in Liverpool in 1767. (Guardian Journal. 3 January)  Kate Grebenik tells us that her mother (born 1919) ‘told her that as a small child she was take into the basement of a Liverpool bank to see the manacles where slaves had been held It made a deep impression on her.’ (The Guardian Journal. 5 January)

Wednesday 9  February. Whistler and the Thames

Online talk by archivist and author Jon Newman for Battersea  Society.


Thursday 31 March. 6.30pm. The Space Between Black and White

Battersea Society talk by Esuantsiwa Jane Goldsmith about her memoir The Space Between Black and White in which she recounts growing up ‘as the only brown kid on the block’ on the Shaftesbury Estate in the 1950s.  Esu is a writer, feminist activist and development consultant of Briitsh Ghanaian heritage.

St Mary’s Church, Battersea Church Road, London, SW11 3NA



Glasgow PhD Support For Black Students


BSECS Annual Conference

This year’s Annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies is being held on Zoom (5-7 January).  So this year the publishers books which would normally be on stalls at the physical Conferences are detailed on You Tube:


The Yale UP section includes Penelope Corfield speaking about her new book The Georgians (see below).

Wandsworth Heritage Festival June

Planning is underway for the Wandsworth Heritage Festival with a Sports theme. One event already organised is a talk bySaki Hajnal on  Streatham Ice Rink: The Early Years (1931-1946 on at St Leonard’s Church at 7:30pm on Tuesday 7 June.

On a different note, the January newsletter from Principle 5 in Sheffield is at https://www.principle5.coop/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/January-2022.pdf


Darcus Howe

Darcus Howe has been commemorated in Brixton with a Nubian Jack plaque unveiled on 4 January. A video of the event is at

Speakers included his widow Leila Howe, Dawn Hill, and Helen Hayes, MP. Several of those who attended were interviewed including his daughter. Among those who attended was Croydon Labour Councillor Patsy Cummings. In his final years Darcus lived in Pollards Hill, Norbury.

Giovanni Rose, Tottenham Poet

Aditya Chakrabartty discussed in Guardian Journal. 23 December.

Sibghart Kadri

Barrister, race equality and anti-racism activist. Co-founder of Society of Black Lawyers

Obituary. Guardian Journal. 3 January.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

A signed copy of his Gypsy Suite sheet music has been sold by RR Auction in the States at $300 in November. There are several sheet music on sale on ebay at the moment.

Black Art Group

The Guardian 2. 4 January

Ben Okri

Reflects on his life (The Guardian. 5 January)


Hakim Adi Interview

Hakim discusses history as a tool for social political change, culture as a place to challenge the power relations of society, and how the global communist struggle attracted revolutionaries from across the world.


Ave Maria By Black Quartet


Children at Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School, Louisville, Kentucky School 1921



Early Modern Europe

Shahid Hussain. The Hidden History of Black Diplomacy. History Today. January2022

Dutch Introduce Slavery In New Amsterdam 1627

The Georgians

25 January sees the publication of my friend Prof  Penny Corfield’s latest book  The Georgians. The Deeds and Misdeeds of 18th-Century Britain published by Yale University Press, which states:

‘The Georgian era is often seen as a time of innovations. It saw the end of monarchical absolutism, global exploration and settlements overseas, the world’s first industrial revolution, deep transformations in religious and cultural life, and Britain’s role in the international trade in enslaved Africans. But how were these changes perceived by people at the time? And how do their viewpoints compare with attitudes today?
In this wide-ranging history, Penelope J. Corfield explores every aspect of Georgian life—politics and empire, culture and society, love and violence, religion and science, industry and towns. People’s responses at the time were often divided. Pessimists saw loss and decline, while optimists saw improvements and light. Out of such tensions came the Georgian culture of both experiment and resistance. Corfield emphasizes those elements of deep continuity that persisted even within major changes, and shows how new developments were challenged if their human consequences proved dire.’

The Demerara Uprising

Thomas Harding discusses his book White Debt: The Demerara Uprising and Britain’s Legacy of Slavery in BBC History Magazine. January 2022

Barbados and Bussa


The Radical & Working Class History of Hammersmith

Students and the Prague Spring

Klara Rihakova (Northumbria Uni)) examines transnational student activism in the Prague Spring of 1968. 

The Hate Attacks Against The National Trust

National Trust boss: I had death threats in ’woke’ row. (The Guardian. 4 January)

Liverpool Victoria And The History Of Co-operatives

The saving of Liverpool Victoria as a mutual has been welcomed by the Yorkshire Co-operative Centre based in Sheffield. Their current newsletter discusses the contribution to the early development of the co-operative movement of Dr William King, and the damage to co-operatives under Tony Blair’s Government.

Caribbean During Enslavement









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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