Friday, 9 September 2011


Its been quiet on the blog front since May because of moving house. I have managed to produce one issue of History & Social Action Newsletter (No. 42), but have decided ffor a while to put items that would be in future issues on the Blog and will review in the light of readers feedback. As usual most of the events are in London but there are also ones in Barnsley, Brighton, Chesterfield, Letchworth, Salford, and the North East.
To 18 September. George Orwell Festival. Letchworth Garden City and the nearby village of Wallington in Hertfordshire. Full details

Saturday 10 September 10am. Leaflet & protest at Tory council leader Ravi Govindia's "Let's Talk" meeting. Meet outside Waitrose, 66/67 Southside (former Arndale) Shopping Centre. Garrat Lane/Wandsworth High St.

Saturday 10 September. 12-4pm. Sunderland Carnival Against the Cuts. Mowbray Park, Sunderland.

Saturday 10 September. 2pm. First Wigan Diggers' Festival. Old Pear Tree, Frog Lane, Wigan WN1. Celebrating the life, ideas and actions of Wiganer and Diggers' leader Gerrard Winstanley on the 335th anniversary of his death. The event is free and is preceded by an outdoor lunchtime 'action' (12.30pm outside Wigan Unite Office, Hallgate, 'bring your own spades and hoes'). Further details from, tel 07724 139278.

Tuesday, 13 September. 5.30pm. Northern Public Services Alliance meeting. North Tyneside PSA, Wallsend People’s Centre.
Wednesday 14 & Thursday 15 September. 8am-8pm. Public Consultation – New American Embassy Nine Elms. Unit 1-5 Ponton Road Nine Elms. A consultant team will be available to respond to any questions, concerns or comments.

Wednesday 14 September. 5.30pm. Northern Public Services Alliance meeting. Durham PSA, County Hall, Committee Room 1A.

Wednesday 14 September. 7pm. Meeting to establish the Friends of Stockwell War Memorial. Stockwell Resource Centre in Studley Road, London, SW4. The organisers Naomi Klein and Sheila Dartnell have a petition in support of improving the memorial on
Further details on

Thursday 15 & Saturday 17 September. One Nine Elms: Public exhibition. Ground Floor, Market Towers, 1 Nine Elms. See News Section. For further details see: SE11 Lurker on

Thursday 15 September. 7.30pm. Vauxhall Gardens. A History. Kennington Bookshop sponsored talk and discussion with co-author David Coke of the new book on the history of Vauxhall Gardens. Tommyfield Pub, Kennington Cross. Tickets £3 from Kennington Bookshop or by ringing 020 7735 5505. Special price for the night £39.99 instead of £55.

Thursday 15 September. Updates on legislation going through Parliament. 9.30am-noon. MEA House, Newcastle. Unison will be hosting this free informal briefing session for voluntary and community groups on three of the main bills currently going through Parliament: the Welfare Reform Bill, the Localism Bill and the Health and Social Care Bill. To find out more visit Comment: What a good idea.

Friday 16 September. Separation & Silence: Wandsworth Prison. Start of exhibition coinciding with the Prion’s 160th Anniversary. The exhibition is organised with the Prison Museum and will be accompanied by talks and other public events. Wandsworth Museum, 38 West Hill, London, SW18. See

Friday 16 September. De Morgan Centre Re-opens alongside Wandsworth Museum. This was delayed from July. Further details about this important Arts & Crafts collection can be seen on
Saturday 17 September. 11am. Stall & leafleting at Doddington Estate where the eviction of the family of the young man charged with rioting is threatened. Meet outside 'Tesco Metro', 275-277 Battersea Park Road, Battersea, SW11. Organised by Wandsworth Against the Cuts.

Saturday 17 September. 12-3.30pm. Independent Working Class Education Meeting. Chesterfield Labour Club, Unity House, 113 Saltergate, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40. It will share developments in reviving the tradition of
Independent Working Class Education [please bring your materials/ideas and resources], and to develop the themes for our Conference at Northern College
Barnsley on 12 November. To find out more and to confirm you can be there please email Keith Venables

Saturday 17 September. 1-6pm. Larkhall Park, Courland. Stockwell Festival. Organised by Stockwell Partnership & Oasis Play in Larkhall Park, Oasis Nature Garden, Go Kart track and Adventure Playground. Further details from Anna Godsiff:

Monday 19 to Friday 23 September. 10am-4pm. Ashes & Diamonds Exhibition. Hurst House, WEA Centre, Abercrombie Street, Chesterfield. Official opening Monday at 12.30pm. It is a tribute to the mining industry and those who fought to defend it. It also aims to raise awareness and debate on relevant issues for today, from the ongoing theft from the Mineworkers Pension fund to the loss of all Britain’s once great industries. Created by Darren Coffield.

Tuesday 20 September. 'Raymond Williams and Robert Tressell in Hastings: Celebrating 50 years of The Long Revolution and the centenary of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists'. Conference. University of Brighton in Hastings. Further details

Tuesday 20 September. 5.30pm. Northern Public Services Alliance meeting. Newcastle PSA, Unison Regional Office.

Tuesday 20 September. 6-8pm. Quaker Care for the Poor. Quaker History Lecture. Quaker Centre, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1.
Heidi Snow PhD, of Principia College, Illinois, will examine The Society of Friends' attitude towards the poor in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This attitude differed significantly from that of other denominations. The talk examines that perspective, and how it affected Quaker treatment of the poor in the Lake District during the years of William Wordsworth's youth and young adulthood, a time when he had much contact with Friends. The talk focuses on Quaker writings on the topic and on the Meeting House records of Colthouse (pictured above) and Kendal during the late 1700s and early 1800s. Refreshments available in the Quaker Centre from 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

Tuesday 20 September. 7-9pm. The future for Trade Union education. Speakers former MP Harry Barnes and Bob Heath, both tutors on Derbyshire NUM’s day release course. Part of Ashes & Diamonds exhibition in Chesterfield – see above.

Wednesday 21 September. Northern Public Services Alliance meeting. Sunderland PSA, Civic Centre, Sunderland.

Wednesday 21 September. 6.30pm. Lobby Wandsworth Council meeting on the eviction and the riots. Meet at Wandsworth Town Hall main gate, junction Wandsworth High and Fairfield Sts, SW18. Organised by Wandsworth Against The Cuts.

Wednesday 21 September. 7-9pm. Tyneside Première of Debtocracy. Fundraising film showing. Salsa café, 89 Westgate Road, Newcastle. NE1. Details on: The Peoples Bookshop, Durham will also be holding a stall at the event:

Friday 30 September. Deadline for submission of papers and panel proposals for 'Landscapes & Environments'. BSECS 41st Annual Conference. 4-6 January 2012, Oxford. The organisers state: ‘We would thus particularly welcome proposals for panels and papers that address eighteenth-century uses of, and attitudes to, landscapes and environments of all kinds, throughout the long eighteenth century and in any part of the world. These might include, but will not be confined to: changes in the landscape (including urban landscapes) and environment; climate and weather (for example ‘the great storm’ of 1703); ‘greening’ the eighteenth century; landscape gardening; enclosure; pastoral; the picturesque; sacred landscapes; ruins and archaeology; representations of the landscape; and meanings and significance given to landscapes and environments, in all fields from history to the arts, literature, and philosophy. To submit a proposal please visit

Friday 30 September. 'Whose history is it anyway? 'Public' history in perspective'. Deadline for call for papers. Multi-disciplinary conference at University of Central Lancashire June 2012, to explore issues of public engagement in history. Proposals (250 words) are invited for single papers or panels on themes such as 'History, heritage and class', 'Institutionalised history and heritage' and Family/community history and heritage'. These should be submitted to; further details available from the same email address.

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