History Update 6 August

To Monday 8 August. Walter Rodney – 40% Off Verso Books


Tuesday 16 August. 7pm. Forbidden Kinder: The 1932 Kinder Scout Mass Tresspass

Talk by Keith Warrender for North East Labour History Society

Friday 30 September. Release Of The Chineke! Orchestra New Album on Coleridge-Taylor

 The DECCA album includes the famous Violin Concerto in G minor which was originally written for Minnie “Maud” Powell, US violinist Elena Urioste, and a world premiere recording of a work by Avril Coleridge-Taylor.

Monday 17 October . Close of Call For Abstracts On British Far Left

It’s good to see that former Croydon Labour activist Daniel Frost who recently completed his PhD on the left in Croydon  is one of the joint editors along with the prolific Matthew Worley on a new volume on the history of the Far left in Britain since 1956.

Please send abstracts to evan.smith@flinders.edu.au and copy in m.worley@reading.ac.uk and d.j.frost@lse.ac.uk  

Saturday 29 October.  2.30pm. Jim Larkin

Dr Emmet O’Connor is to deliver the Society for the Study of Labour History’s first annual John Halstead Memorial Lecture online on the topic of Jim Larkin, the Irish socialist and trade union leader.


The Beckfords, Slavery and Soho Square


Slavery, Empire, Memory


Durham History Department’s Decolonisation website


Wandsworth Common Chronicles

August’s edition is now online. Several of the stories relate to a remarkable aerial photograph of the Common taken 75 years ago (in 1947).


Society For The Study Of Labour History

Communist women leaders in the 1920s and 1930s

Labour History Review Volume 87 (2022), Issue 2 inc: Liam Ryan on Citizen strike breakers: volunteers, strikes and the state in Britain, 1911-1926; Kevin Morgan on Bolshevization, Stalinization, and Party Ritual: The Congresses of the Communist Party of Great Britain, 1920-1943;  Linda Arch on ‘The Bricks and Mortar of All Policy Areas Which Concern Government’: Statistics and the Labour Force Survey at its UK Origins.

Annual Essay Award

Gregory Billam Breakdown in the Communist Anglosphere? The Communist Party of Great Britain and Communist Party of Australia debate, 1947-1948.

Remainder Books: www.psbooks.co.uk

Ann Clwyd. Rebel with a Cause. No. 513833

Rachel Homes. The Secret  Life of Dr James Barry. No. 518450

Joan Ruddock. Going Nowhere: A Memoir. No. 508778

Stephen Taylor. Defiance. The Life and Choices of Lady Ann eBarnard. No. 505203

Booker T. Washington. Up From Slavery. No.513978


Cedric Dover



Roy Hackett

Death of Bristol 1963 bus boycott organiser reported on front page of The Guardian.4 August, and p. 15

Len Johnson, Boxer


Thomas Picton, Welsh Slave Owner

Re-presentation of his portrait in the National Musuem Cardiff. The Guardian.2 August.

Paul Robeson

Tayo Aluko writes about him:




Shirley Thompson and the Lionesses

Composer Shirley Thompson writes on her Facebook page:

‘Beautiful Game – the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Anthem

Thrilled to have composed the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Anthem that was played at all the tournament stadia since 6 July and impacted at least 3 million young & adult persons through the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Arts Heritage project since April this year.

The words sent in from the public say it all about the #Lionesses!

‘We never give up

We’re brave & courageous

With passion we play

The roar of the crowd is electrifying

We’ll make history today…’

Many Thanks to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Football Association, the Arts Council, Lottery Heritage Funding for Good Causes, the Community Choirs & so many that contributed to the UEFA Arts Heritage project.’

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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