History Update 15 January

Tuesday 17 January. 7pm.  Five Russians in the North East of England

From the 1880s until the Bolshevik revolution, Tyneside hosted a number of Russians who lived strange and sometimes dangerous lives. The first was an anarchist and aristocrat wanted by the Russian police since his escape from a fortress prison in St Petersburg, There was a writer who, unknowingly, was a major influence on British post war literature; a Bolshevik whom Lenin described as the “favourite of the whole party”, and several who used false names abroad to hide their secrets. 

Zoom talk by Andy McSmith for North East Labour History Society.


Meeting ID: 822 7938 4542

Passcode: 470843

Thursday 19 January. 7pm. Zionism During the Holocaust

Zoom talk by Tony Greensten for Socialist History Society

Free to join, but you will need to register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrdOuopjMqEtV31MqXNpEbt_62dH5rGVQS

Also live streamed on YouTube https://youtu.be/4ZSdiq6Wd4Q

Monday 23 January. 5.30pm. Reparations for Enslavement as a trade union issue

Zoom talk by Steve Cushion (University College London – Institute of the Americas) for London Socialist Historians seminar at IHR.

On-line with Zoom on 
Free to attend, but you must book in advance on the IHR website: www.history.ac.uk/search-events

Use this link for other IHR seminars listed below.

Monday 23 January. 6pm. Gunpowder, Gravity, and Joseph Banks’s Worst Enemy: Charles Hutton

A lecture by Dr. Benjamin  Wardhaugh


To Sunday  29 January. Transforming Legacies Exhibition

Black Cultural Archives

Monday 30 January. “There is scarcely a greater plague that can infest society than swarms of beggars”: the rise and fall of the mendicity society movement in Ireland, 1815–45

Zoom IHR seminar talk by Dr Ciarán McCabe for Voluntary Action History Society.

Wednesday 1 February. 5.30pm. Anticolonialism, democracy and political ideas in 1960s East Africa

IHR seminar talk by Emma Hunter

Friday 3 February. 5.30pm. ‘No Votes for Women, No Nurses for the Territorials!’: Suffrage Militancy, Amateur Soldiering & the Institutional Origins of the First World War Women’s Corps

IHR Seminar talk by Krisztina Robert (Roehampton)

Saturday 4 February. 9.30am-4.30pm. Christopher Hill and the English Revolution: 50 years after TWTUD

IHR Conference

Saturday 11 February. 11am. The Hidden History of Robert Lowery 

Old Low Light Heritage Centre, North Shields NE30 1JE

Robert Lowery from North Shields man  was one of the leaders of the Chartist movement. 

For more details and to book go to:

People can find out more about the talk and how to book a place on the Old Low Light Heritage Centre web site at:

Monday 27 February.6pm. Voluntarism in an Age of Empire: Rethinking development in colonial India

IHR seminar talk by Sandip Kana for Voluntary Action History Society

Monday 27 March.  6pm. Saving the other at home and overseas: philanthropy and disability in nineteenth-century Britain and its Empire

IHR seminar talk by Dr Esme Cleall for Voluntary Action History Society

Sgt. Sidney Cornell

From Portsmouth, Hampshire, his father was African American, Cornell volunteered for airborne forces while serving with The Royal Army Service Corps. He won the DCM and is buried in a war cemetery in Germany.


Black History in Southampton

Ourika – 1823 novel about a black woman – based on a true story


You can read part of the introduction on www.amazon.co.uk/Ourika-English-Translation-Texts-Translations-ebook/dp/B013R5MC14

William Morris House Centenary Booklet 1922 -2022

Written by former Chair of the House in Wimbledon Peter Walker. Peter was previously active in the Labour Party in Croydon and then Battersea.

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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