History Update 21 June

 Britain’s Relationship With History is “Not Fit For Purpose”

Speaking at an education Conference historian David Olusoga has told school leaders that ‘too many pupils are still taught a “dishonest version” of the nation’s past that left out uncomfortable truths.’ He emphasises the problems of teaching about slavery and abolition, Empire and the road to the Windrush Scandal. (The Guardian. 20 June)

Windrush Day 22 June

HOME: Remembering the Windrush Generation Exhibition

Black Cultural Archives Free on the day. Then 23 June – 10 September:Thu – Sat.  11.30am-5pm. 1 Windrush Square, SW2 1EF. £5 general admission; £3 concession

Windrush Day Songs

Museumand will broadcast a play list ofsongs that members of the public think best capture the Black experience in Britain from 1948 to the present day – to explore how the Windrush Generation and their descendants express their experience in music. 

You’ll also be able to vote for your favourite song in honour of Windrush Day, with voting open on its social media channels from 22-24 June.

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Twitter: @Museumand_;Facebook: @Museumand
Windrush Day Events And Activities



2 July. 10.30-Noon. Commemorating The Tolpuddle Martyrs

Cynon Valley Museum, Depot Road, Aberdare, CF44 8DL

Saturday 2 July. 10.30am – 12.30pm. Walking In The Footsteps Of Pentrich Rebels, Chartists And Early Trade Unionists.

Meet at the Ritz Cinema on King Street, Belper.

Urban walk on pavements, although surfaces are uneven in places and the walk will include hills.

Book a place by emailing Roger Tanner of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Labour History Society at rogerntanner@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday 9 July. The Durham Miners Gala 

The first in three years. 


The Gala is funded by subscription and donation through the Friends of Durham Miners’ Gala and those who contribute are known as ‘Marras’, a Durham miners’ term for a friend who can be relied on in times of need. To support the Gala, join the Marras here:



‘The Commoners’. Notable Neighbours of the Wimbledon and Putney Commons

Nick Manning’s book is about31 of the most remarkable people who have lived around Wimbledon Common and Putney Heath over the last 500 years.


£25 + £5 postage flat rate £5. 

New book by Tariq Ali  challenges the national myth of Winston Churchill as the great national leader and war hero. Ali ‘argues that the Churchill cult is out of control. His war hero image is used to stifle political debate and encourage support for modern wars. Churchill’s role in the fight against Hitler ignores his belligerence and lifelong defence of the British Empire and its brutal treatment of those subjected to its rule.’ The book ‘uncovers some of the darkest aspects of Churchill’s political career that many in the British establishment, including in parliamentary politics, prefer to conveniently ignore’.

Published by Verso.

Jeanne Rathbone’s book introduces you to some of the extraordinary women who have lived and worked in Battersea, including Suffragettes, artists and authors; a film star, and Britain’s first woman pilot. The fold-out map helps you to track down their homes and walk in their footsteps today.

£8.60 (including post and packing) and can be purchased on the Battersea Society website.

Black London

Gretchen Gerzina’s 1995 book re-titled Black England 1999) is free to download at:   



Amanda Aldridge

Google featured Amanda Aldridge as one of its daily search page headings.


Patrick Lumumba

Details about Patrick Lumumba, the murdered President of the Congo can be see at:


His speech at the ceremony of the proclamation of the Congo’s independence in June 1960  can be read at:


King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild tells the horrific history of the Belgian Congo, which was owned entirely by one man, King Leopold II of Belgium, who caused the death of between 8 and 10 million people.  

 A film has been made with the same name.  Here is the trailer  


The complete film is also available online.

This purple plaque (the 10th) was unveiled in Flint on 10 June to mark the life of the campaigning MP and journalist, Eirene White. Born Eirene Jones she became one of the first three women ever to represent Wales in Parliament. Earlier in her career she was the first woman journalist to be accredited as a political correspondent at the Manchester Guardian (in 1945). For 10 years – from 1951 to 1957 and from 1966 to 1970 – she was Wales’ only female MP, holding the marginal East Flintshire constituency for 20 years until she became Baroness White of Rhymney in the House of Lords in 1970.


For several years she lived at 12 Ranelagh Ave in Fulham, next door to my family home.

Oswald George Powe

Born in Jamaica of Chinese and African descent, Powe joined the RAF in 1944 and subsequently settled in Britain. 


A reader of this blog tells me that he was politically active all his life. In 1958 he wrote a pamphlet for the Afro-Asian West Indian Union (of which he was Secretary) entitled Don’t Blame the Blacks, an updated version of which is about to be published:


A Blue Plaque is to be installed in his memory in Nottingham, together with an appeal for funds.


See also:  



An Afro-Asian West Indian Union leaflet issued following the murder of Kelso Cochrane can be seen at:


Charlie Philips


A reader of this blog tells me that Kandace Chimbiri has just written the script for an animated film about Charlie Phillips’ life. 



Juneteenth, a US national holiday, celebrates June 19 1865, the day that federal troops, newly arrived to Galveston, Texas, issued General Order Number 3, which announced that “all slaves are free.” The order went on to state that “This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves.” (Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance & Abolition.)

Appleby Horse Fair

A reader of this blog tells me that the Appelby Horse Fair in Cumbria has been held since 1775, becoming a predominantly Gypsy event around 1900.  Travellers will face increasingly difficult problems with the new police powers.



Victoria’s Co-operative Army and Navy Stores


Among the workers was Alexander Richardson an active trade unionist, and Battersea  Progressive Councillor 1912-19 who lived on Battersea Park Rd.


The Unbearable Middle Passage

Labour Heritage Bulletin Summer 2022

The new issue of the Bulletin contains articles on Linda Anne Shampan, the Secretary of Labour Heritage who died on 21 April by her partner John Grigg, Jonathan Wood on Herbert Rogers and Britsol Labour Party, Peter Clark on J.R.Clynes, John Grigg on Miles Malleson and the Fulham ILP Arts Guild, and book reviews. See



Finding a Voice  by Amrit Wilson  


Devon Development Education’s Newsletters  


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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