Thursday 23 November 23. 7pm. Dr Edward Wilson: Talk & Exhibition
Talk by Edward Wilson’s great-nephew, Dr David Wilson, launches an exhibition about the explorer’s life and travels.
Monckton Lecture Theatre, Grosvenor Wing, St George’s Hospital Medical School, Tooting
Dr Wilson, who trained at St. George’s Hospital, was the Assistant Surgeon and Zoologist on the Discovery Expedition (1901–04) – a large scale British exploration of the Antarctic regions. He was also Chief Scientist on the Antarctic Terra Nova Expedition (1910-12) where he perished alongside Captain Scott on the return journey from the South Pole in 1912.
Anne Strathie, who’s written two books about the Terra Nova expedition, will also give a talk.
Tickets cost £10 pp and via https://www.stgeorgeshospitalcharityorg.uk/shop/antarctic-exhibition.
Friday 24 to Sunday 26 November. 1pm-5pm. Dr Edward Wilson Exhibition
Grosvenor Wing, St George’s Hospital Medical School, Tooting
Monday 27 November. 7.30pm. ‘Past Present Future: what do we want from our High Street?’
Putney Society Meeting at the Community Church, Werter Road, London SW15 2LL
Putney High Street is the back bone of the community but is both a historic traffic route and the main retail hub. Plans have come and gone, so the Putney Society Buildings Panel will examine the historical development of the High Street, the current challenges it faces and what plans are proposed by individual developers and agencies. The evening will finish with an open discussion: What do we want from our High Street?
All welcome, non-members as well as Putney Society members [Non-members £3 donation].
7 December – 24th February. World War I’s Hidden Voices Exhibitions
(1) From the Shadows of War and Empire; (2) The Poppy Retake
Manchester Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester, M2 5PD
Opening times 9am-8pm Mon-Thurs and 9am-5pm Fri-Sat (Sunday closed)
10 February. World War I’s Hidden Voices Mini-Conference
Talks, workshops, films and discussion – full details to be announced www.metaceptive.net/poppy-retake
Seminar Talks at Institute of Historical Research
Senate House, MaletSt/Russell Square, London, WC1E 7HU
Monday. 27 November. 5.30pm. From Revolution to Labourism?: Orwell and the Left
John Newsinger at Socialist History Seminar
Wednesday 6 December. 5.15pm. The Campaign to Control Warfare: 1853-1914
James Crosland (Liverpool John Moores University) at War, Society And Culture Seminar
Monday 11 December. 5.15pm. The settlement of Islamic migrants in the Spanish Empire during the 16th and 17th Centuries.
Cecilia Tarruell (University of Oxford) at European History 1500-1800 Seminar
Monday 11 December. 5.30. A History of London’s Housing Crisis
Talk by Dave Hill at Socialist History Seminar
Tuesday 12 December. 5.30pm. Mission en route: African American Christian activity in Britain, 1750-1950
David Killingray (School of Advanced Study, University of London) at Christian Missions in Global History Seminar
Thursday 14 December. 5.30pm. Britain and Slavery: the legacies of LBS
Nick Draper (UCL) at Reconfiguring the British Nation, Empire, World 1600-2000 Seminar
The Chartist Demonstration 1848
The final mass Chartist demonstration in 1848 will be celebrated next year by Friends of Kennington Park. Former Kennington, now Croydon, resident Stefan Szczelkun undertook a lot of work on the history of the Park especially the demonstration. His pamphlet can be purchased at
Stefan’s relevant videos mainly c2006 can be seen at:
MayDay Rooms Archive
MayDay Rooms is an active repository, resource and safe haven for social movements, experimental and marginal cultures and their histories. It is a collectively-run space at 88 Fleet St. It is based on different sources of funding. At the moment it has a considerable deficit. It offers free meeting space to unfunded groups that are involved in radical politically organising and/or promote radical self-education; but request donations.
The Cinema Museum faces closure
The site was formerly Lambeth workhouse, and Charlie Chaplain lived there for some time as a child with his impoverished mother and brother. The museum has previously tried to come to an arrangement to buy the building.
More than 16,000 people have signed a petition asking the NHS Trust to reconsider its sale. You can find out more about the situation in the Evening Standard. Follow this link to help the museum and sign their petition.
The West India Regiments 1795-1820
Tim Lockley, Professor of History and Director of the Humanities Research Centre at the University of Warwick, is currently engaged in a research project on the West India Regiments: black soldiers recruited to fight in the British Army in the Caribbean. He is looking in particular about medicine and race, and how military surgeons helped to fashion a discourse about black bodies.
A Tudor Exit From Europe – The relevance to BREXIT
‘Ultimately, if anything saved England’s commercial economy from decline in the long run, it was colonial products – tobacco, sugar and cotton – produced by African slaves in lands expropriated from the indigenous inhabitants of the new world. For this reason alone, the path which English commerce followed in the early modern period cannot provide a blueprint for the British economy in the post-Brexit years. If 1564 supplies some parallels to 2017, then the subsequent two centuries of commercial history are a poor guide for our own future.’
Songs of Struggle
Discussion inc. of Paul Robeson’s Joe Hill and the Weavers.
Cy Grant Plaque unveiling
Avril Nanton of Avril’s Walks and Talks has posted up a video of the unveiling on You Tube. It includes a minute or so by me.
Books, Journals and Articles
Reduced price books from psbooks.co.uk
Joanna de Groot. Empire and History Writing in Britain c.1750-2012. (Manchester UP. Was £70; now £14.99)
The Letters of Richard Cobden. Vol 3: 1854-1859. Covers Crimean, Persian and Chinese Wars and his visit to the United States. (Oxford UP. Was £127.50; now £19.99)
Sue Wilkes. The Children History Forgot. Young workers of the Industrial Age. (Robert Hale. Was £20; now £9.99)e Letter sof Richard Cobden. Vol 3: 1854-1859. Covers Crimean, Persian and ChinseeWas £70; now £14.99)
- Black Christians in Spanish Atlantic
Chloe Ireton. “They Are Blacks of the Caste of Black Christians”: Old Christian Black Blood in the Sixteenth- and Early Seventeenth-Century Iberian Atlantic
Hundreds of Castilian free black men and women obtained royal travel licenses to cross the Atlantic in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries as black Old Christians. They settled across the Spanish Indies and developed trades as artisans, traders, sailors, healers, and small business owners, often becoming prominent and wealthy vecinos (residents).
- The first generations of Africans in the Americas
Article by Doulgas Pice.
Anastasia Garceau. The War of 1812: How is it Remembered?
- US Civil War and Emancipation
Ed Ayers. The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America (WW Norton, October 2017).
Zareer Masani writes on the trial of Warren Hatsingas. (History Today. November)
John Broich discusses the sailors who fought against slavery. (History Today. December)
- Cricket, Curry and cups of tea
Discussion by Shompa Lahiri on how Queen Victoria helped popularise Indian’s cultural influence in Britain. (BBC History. October)
- The Walker Brothers and Their Legacy
The story of three black soldiers in World War One by Maria Downer and David Gleave. (Amazon. ISBN 9781974250325)
- Britain at Work November/December newsletter
It’s almost 10 years since the Britain at Work project first began to record worker’s stories. The latest issue contains articles on. industrial action in the colonies in early 1900’s, 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, two interview extracts from the Britain at Work project, and Looking for Palestine by Najla Said (book review by Jan Pollock). The newsletter can be downloaded here:
Britain at Work London newsletter 29
- Pakistan: A Failed State?
Tahir Kamran discusses how Jinnah’s vision for Pakistan has been usurped by the religious right. (History Today. September)
- Michael X and the British War on Black Power
Article by Robin Bunce and Paul Field. (BBC History. October)
- North East History Jubilee
North East Labour History Society has published a Jubilee edition (Vol 48) of its Journal. Articles include: its own history (including the North East Popular Politics Project*), picketing and photography in the Miners’ Strike, conscientious objectors, trade unionism and Methodism, the Yemeni seamen of South Sheilds, Joe Wilson, Harry Clasper, Thomas Wilson, Community Development Projects and Davey Hopper (Durham Miners leader). (*includes a short piece by me.)
Among the growing amount of material on the 100th Anniversary of the Russian revolution Paul Mason wrote a piece in the Guardian discussing how many working-class people would have been able to understand the parallels with the French Revolution as the events unfolded. He argues that a century later, our ignorance may be our downfall.
In an essay critical of Mason David Vessey discusses the ‘fellow travellers’ of the 20s and 30s, like George Bernard Shaw and the Webbs. I think he has misunderstood what Mason has written.
is a special Revolution Anniversary issue with articles by Hakim Adi on the Revolution, Africa and the Diaspora; Ronald Grigor Suny on An Empire to End Imperialism, and David Featherstone on Anti-Colonialism and the Contested Spaces of Community Internationalism.
Socialist Society Occasional Publication 41 contains articles by Willie Thompson, Francis King, and others including on Lenin, Germany, Italy, Clare Zetkin, women poets, and Sigmund Freud.