Monday, 9 April 2012

New Diary of Events Listing

To Saturday 9 June. Errol John’s Moon on a Rainbow Shawl.  Cottesloe Theatre, National Theatre. South Bank, Waterloo. Errol John’s play was originally produced for BBC Radio as Small Island Moon in 1958, and later that year it was staged at the Royal Court Theatre in London. For the teeming populace of Old Mack’s cacophonous yard in Port of Spain, Trinidad, it’s a cheek by jowl existence lived out on a sweltering public stage. Snatches of calypso compete with hymn tunes, drums and street cries as neighbours drink, brawl, pass judgment, make love, look out for each other and crave a better life. But Ephraim is no dreamer and nothing, not even the seductive Rosa, is going to stop him escaping his dead-end job for a fresh start in England. Set as returning troops from the Second World War fill the town with their raucous celebrations, the play depicts a vibrant, cosmopolitan world that is as harsh as it is filled with colour and warmth. Errol John was born in Trinidad in 1924 and settled in Britain in 1951 where he worked as an actor and dramatist until his death in 1988. Stephen Bourne dedicated a chapter to Errol in his book Black in the British Frame – The Black Experience in British Film and Television (Contiunuum, 2001).

Tuesday 10 April. 7pm. Wallsend’s New Owenites. Project talk by Nigel Todd. To mark the International Year of Co-operation Nigel explores whatever happened to the Owenites. After the end of the Owenite movement in the 1840s, those who were inspired by Robert Owen’s co-operative social philosophy became a loose ‘diaspora’. Tyneside was one place where Owenism still influenced local action and most of all at Wallsend, where Co-operators tried to shape their own community with its own school in the early 1870s.  Nigel is a former Regional Director of the WEA. He has been involved with the Co-operative Movement for many years.

Wednesday 11 April. 6.30 for 7pm. Kennington Oval & Vauxhall Forum (KOV). Montgomery Hall, 58 Kennington Oval. The main items on the agenda are:  Community hubs – What they could mean for our area; The Olympics and how they might affect you ; Eastbury House redevelopment proposals. My February paper on Community Hubs is available from me.

Wednesday 11 April. 7pm.  Whose Music?  Community vs. copyright.  Musician, author, and political activist, Mat Callahan, discusses the negative effects capitalism has on the way in which music is produced and consumed, and discusses the possibilities for abolishing copyrights. £3, redeemable against any purchase. Housmans, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London. 020 7837 4473;

Wednesday 11 to Monday 23 April. An elected Mayor for Newcastle? YES or NO ? Debate and Questions
Monday 11.  7pm. Gosforth Civic Hall, near Regent Centre Metro
Thursday 12. 7pm. Robert Stewart Memorial Church, Wingrove Rd, Fenham
Monday 16. 10.30am & 6.30pm Tuesday 17.  6.30pm, Friday 20. 2.30pm. Bewick Hall, Newcastle, City Library, New Bridge St
Wednesday 18. 7pm. Benfield School Hall, Benfield Rd, near Walkergate Metro
Monday 23 April. 7pm. Holy Nativity Church, Chapel House ( (
Comment. In general the answer has to be NO. Reduces democracy; turns politics into personality; too much unaccountable power in the hands on one person.  If you look at London the answer has to be a NO. Ken sold out to City interests, backed unwanted tower blocks making developers millions, failed to ensure Met Police accountable and prevent its corruption, backed Olympics which is distorting London, backed Cross Rail which benefits City travellers at expensive of improvements of ordinary Londoners, especially in S. London. Boris is no better.

Thursday 12 April. The Many Headed Hydra: Plebeians in the World c. 1660-1820. This conference explores the role of plebeians in the colonial and commercial expansion across the world from c.1660-1820. Inspired by the themes of Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker’s The Many Headed Hydra (2000) the papers will explore the book’s central themes in the light of new research, as well as taking it into new areas. The role of seas and ships, armies and navies, and commercial interests in creating and regulating a mobile, multi-ethnic workforce will be explored. Research on traditions of popular protest and radical political and religious ideologies will also be presented. As well as the English-speaking Atlantic, there will be papers on French Canada, Brazil, the Middle East and the Cape Colony.  Keynote speakers: Marcus Rediker, Richard Drayton. Room 532, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London , WC1. The conference is free to attend, but places are limited. Please email: to reserve a place. Supported by: Dept of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck & History Workshop Journal. For full program:

Friday 13 – Thursday 19 April. Close the Coalhouse Door. The great 1970s musical play (Alan Plater & Alex Glasgow) is being revived by the Live Theatre in April at the Northern Stage. See

Saturday 14 April. Closing date for entry to Huddersfield Luddites200 Festival Poetry Competition.  ‘2012 is the 200th anniversary of the uprising by Luddite machine breakers, which inspired great poetry by Byron, Shelley and others. The defeat of the Luddites by thousands of soldiers led to two centuries of industrialism. It's ugliness and beauty, its wealth and its poverty have all been inspiration for truly brilliant pieces. Now we live in a world dominated by science and technology, but on the brink of environmental disaster. What do the Luddites and their mythical leader, General Ned Ludd mean to you? Luddites 200 is launching a poetry competition, with prizes to be awarded by Andy Croft at our festival in Huddersfield on April 28th/29th. Poems can be in any style, with a maximum length of 40 lines. Categories 1st Prize; Under 16 £40; Over 16 £40. There will be second and third prizes of books and/or merchandise, to be confirmed on the day. There is no entry fee, but we would appreciate donations to cover the costs of running our festival. This can be made by visiting  and using the donate button on the right, or on the day. Poems, which should not previously have been published, should be sent to,  or by post to Luddites200 Organising Forum, c/o Flat 5 The Old Warehouse, Henry Street, Huddersfield, HD1 4AA. Please remember to also include your name, age and contact details or we won't be able to include your submission! The deadline is. We may subsequently post your poems (with your permission) on the Luddites 200 website.’ For more information on the festival, visit:

Saturday 14 April – 9 September. 'Can you keep a secret?: the rise and fall of the Yorkshire Luddites'. Play by Mikron Theatre. Full programme of venues in all parts of the country inc: Batley, Salford (Working Class Movement Library), Oldham, Huddersfield, Nottingham, Rugby, Tring, Milton Keynes, London, Reading, Oxford, Stroud and Gloucester. Full details on

Monday 16 April. 5-7pm. The Heart of the City. Free event at Newcastle Civic Centre  will launch the Unison sponsored study into the voluntary and community sector in Newcastle. To book a place email For summary see NCVS Inform magazine  Spring 2012 on

Monday 16 April. 6.30pm. Joseph Skipsey – the Northumberland Pitman Poet. Professor R. K. R. Thornton, Newcastle Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd. Free. To reserve seat ring 0191 232 0192; or email

Monday 16 April. 6.45 for 7.15pm. Co-production and the future of the library service. Talk by Adrian Smith, Lambeth’s Director of Cultural Services. Followed by AGM of Friends of Durning Library. All welcome. 167 Durning Library.

Tuesday 17 April. 6pm Corruption in Historical Context. Mark Knights (Warwick) will talk about corruption, a very contemporary concern in Britain and the wider world but also a pervasive anxiety in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Focusing on Britain and its colonies, the talk will explore why fears about corruption grew in the pre-modern period and identify some of the characteristics of what William Cobbett called 'the system' that was created by a growing state and the patronage at its disposal. Issues that are raised by this historical approach to a current problem include the definition of corrupt behaviour, the relationship between fiscal/political corruption and moral/sexual corruption, how to unmask or expose corruption and how to reform it. Newcastle Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd. Free. To reserve seat ring 0191 232 0192; or email

Wednesday 18 April. 7pm. Radical Gardening: Politics, idealism and rebellion in the garden. George McKay discusses the radical politics of gardening, with a look at the links between gardening and counter-culture, and the historical significance of the garden. £3, redeemable against any purchase. Housmans, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London. 020 7837 4473;

Thursday 19 April. 7pm. The Real History of Chartism. Talk by David Goodway. Socialist History Society.  Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2.

Friday 20 April. Closing date for Call for Papers re-Sport and Other Leisure Industries. Guest Editors of Sport in History, Dion Georgiou and Ben Litherland, are calling for articles for a special edition examining the relationship between sport and other leisure and/or cultural industries. The study of sports history has become somewhat ghettoised from other aspects of leisure history.  Less attention has been devoted to the wider commercial configurations that have promoted sport's appropriation by, and of, other leisure and cultural forms.  They are keen to receive articles on the history of sport's relationship with culture and leisure industries, especially where these links have been hitherto relatively unexplored. For example, how has sport as a business compared to or interacted with publishing, the fairground, theatre, cinema, shopping for pleasure, music, etc? They welcome papers covering a diverse range of historical periods, including the recent past (providing they offer a suitably historical perspective), and geographical contexts, both British and non-British. If you are interested in contributing to this special edition, please send an abstract for your article (c. 300 words), and a brief biography, to by Friday 20  April. Selected contributors essays in by summer 2013; special edition 2014.

Saturday 21 April. Alliance for Green Socialism meeting, London. Speaker – David King, Luddites200. Contact for more details.

Saturday 21 April. 8pm. Leon Rosselson. Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Dr Socrates are the support act and organisers. The Bridge Hotel is a long-term favourite meeting place for the Newcastle left.

Tuesday 24 April. 6-8pm. British Quakerism 1837-1914 as Seen Through Ten Periodicals. Talk by Jennifer Milligan on  how ten 19th & 20thC Friends' periodicals illustrate the changes in Friends' religious thought and concerns. The growth in periodical publications reflected the changes that London Yearly Meeting went through in this period and the gradual shift from Evangelical to Liberal Quakerism. Jennifer Milligan is Senior Library Assistant at the Library of the Society of Friends and is responsible for the periodicals collection. The Library will be open that day until 6pm. Register for a free place at Library of the Religious Society of Friends, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1. 020 7663 1135.

Wednesday 25 April. 3pm-5pm. Shot by both sides: punk, politics and the end of consensus. Talk  by Matthew Worley will examine the ways in which political organisations of the far left and far right responded to punk-informed youth culture in Britain during the late 1970s. Plus: Will Jackson and Waqas Tufail on 'Policing disorder in the regenerating city'. University of Salford Radical Studies Network Seminar at Working Class Movement Library, The Crescent, Salford. All welcome, admission free. Further information from

Wednesday 25 April. 7pm. The August Riots: Realities and representations with guests from Bristol Radical History Group. A critical look at the riots of last summer. Includes screening of the short film Rebellion in Tottenham 2011. Housmans, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London. 020 7837 4473;
£3, redeemable against any purchase.

Thursday 26 April to 5 July. 6-8pm. Designing for Communities: Housing and Landscape, 1900 to Today. Birkbeck Module  towards Certificate of Higher Education in History of Architecture and Landscapes. Module Code ARVC078H4ACB. What makes a community? How can design promote a social vision? This module introduces the history of architecture and landscape design from 1900 to the present, concentrating on the question of community.  Examples from across Europe and North America will provide an international context for case studies in Britain.  Includes visits to council estates, private developments and new eco developments. Further Information  

Thursday 26 April. 6.30-7pm. Friends of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens AGM. Carmelita Centre, 41 Vauxhall Walk, London, SE11.
Thursday 26 April. 7pm. Solidarity Versus Austerity: Report back from Greece.  Paul Mackney (former General Secretary of NAFTHE) will give an illustrated report back from the recent trade union solidarity delegation to Greece (organized jointly by Coalition of Resistance and The Peoples Charter) and will help raise funds towards Coalition of Resistance's Greek Solidarity Campaign. St John's Church Hall, 30 Grainger Street, Newcastle. NE1.

Friday 27 – Sunday 29 April. Festival of Luddite Culture and Ideas. Huddersfield. The aim of the event is to bring together different groups who have developed plays, music, poetry, etc related to the Luddites' 200th anniversary, and to combine that with discussions around issues related to technology today. The festival will also include workshops on: the story of the 1812 uprisings, children's activities, and hands on/demonstrations of old/alternative technology - spinning/weaving, cropping, blacksmithing, and micropower. There will also be a frame smashing re-enactment. The event is organised by the Luddites200 group, an informal network of historians, artists and technology politics activists, including scientists and engineers who have shared interests in the Luddites, aiming to both celebrate the anniversary and to open up debate about issues related to technology today. More details soon at

Saturday 28 April. 2pm. Third Annual Frow Lecture: Dreamers of a new day: British and American women's alternative economic visions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Socialist feminist writer and activist Sheila Rowbotham draws on her most recent book, Dreamers of a new day: women who Invented the twentieth century to show the range of ideas and plans women devised for a better society. Free. Working Class Movement Library, but talk taking place in The Old Fire Station The Crescent, Salford.

30 April – 7 May. Universities Week. Aims to increase public awareness of the wide and varied role of the UK’s universities, including the contribution they make to UK society. Events around the country: However, either Universities have failed to put events up or they are not doing anything. On 7 April only 16 Universities had posted up events: no events for Newcastle, Sheffield, Sunderland or Teesside; one for Northumbria.

Tuesday 1 May. 6pm. Not worth a penny: credit and inequality in early modern England. Dr Alex Shephard. A public lecture series co-hosted by the Medieval and Early Modern Research Group at Newcastle University. Newcastle Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd. Free. To reserve seat ring 0191 232 0192; or email

Wednesday 2 May. 7pm. Book Launch: 1948 by Andy Croft. Newcastle Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd. Free. To reserve seat ring 0191 232 0192; or email

Thursday 3 May. 12 noon-2.30pm. Voice and Support – where now for equality-focused third sector organisations in Tyne and Wear? Venue: Disability North, Newcastle. Pentagon Partnership, North East Equalities Coalition and Newcastle CVS are holding this free event which will map out the support available to equalities-focused third sector organisations in 2012 and beyond. To book a place email Comment. To find out more visit Good to see Pentagon Partnership still survives. I assisted its development end of 2002/early 2003.

Friday 4 May. Closing Date for Applications for AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award. Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD award to study ‘Political Cultures in British Trade Unionism, 1931-79'. This collaborative award, to be supervised jointly by the University of Salford and the Working Class Movement Library, will involve the successful student spending one year based at the Library. Drawing on the extensive holdings of the Library, the student will analyse the political cultures of key trade unions affiliated to the Labour Party in the period 1931-1979, a period when socialism was the dominant discourse of the party. The principal primary sources for this project consist of the in-house journals which trade unions produced for their own members. Applicants should be interested in the analysis of texts, in studies of ideology and the political history of the labour movement. Further details about the award, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, are available from Professor John Callaghan ( or Dr Ben Harker Interviews are likely to be held on 28 May.

Friday 4 May – Sunday 20 May. Call Mr Robeson at Croydon’s Warehouse Theatre.

Tuesday 8 May. 5.30pm. Advocacy for the archive sector.  Marie Owens (Association and Records Association). Archives & Society Seminar, IHR, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1.

Friday 11 May – Sunday 9 September. The Triumph of Pleasure: Vauxhall Gardens 1729-1786. Foundling Museum celebrates Vauxhall Gardens with the biggest exhibition on the Gardens in England in over forty years.

Friday 11 May. 7pm. The Luddites & The Pennines Public Lecture.  Huddersfield Town Hall. See

Saturday 12 May. Enoch's Hammer: The Luddites and other early nineteenth century protest movements. Huddersfield University academic conference.

Monday 14 May. 5.15pm. Ailsa Craig and the Leisure Industry on the Firth of Clyde, c. 1800-2010. Dr Matthew McDowell (University of Glasgow). Sport & Leisure Seminar, IHR, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1.

Tuesday 15 May. 5.15pm. Black people in English localities since 1600: sources and significance. David Killingray. Locality & Region  History Seminar. IHR, Senate House, London, WC1.

Thursday 17 May. 5.15pm.  Law, Liberty and Identity in the 1820s Cape Colony. Kirsten McKenzie (University of Sydney). Reconfiguring the British: Nation, Empire, World 1600-1900 Seminar. IHR.  Stewart House, Russell Square (inside area to Senate House), London, WC1.

Thursday 17 May. 7pm. Captain Swing. Talk by Carl Griffin. Socialist History Society.  Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2.

Monday 21 May. 6.45 for 7.15pm. ‘The delight of all persons of reputation and taste’ – an introduction to Vauxhall Gardens 1661-1859. Avant-garde art, underground music, exotic architecture, and terrible food! This talk by David Coke, co-author of Vauxhall Gardens: a History, aims to evoke a little of the atmosphere of Vauxhall Gardens in its heyday. The Gardens became one of the great fashionable pleasure resorts of Georgian London, famous for the great social mix of its visitors. Known to many people even today through the fiction of Henry Fielding, Fanny Burney, W.M Thackeray, Charles Dickens, and even of many 20th and 21st century writers, the Gardens provided a thrilling evening’s entertainment for Londoners from its birth in the Restoration right through to its final destruction in Victorian times. Friends of Durning Library. Durning Library, 167.  Kennington Lane. All welcome.

Tuesday 22 May. 5.15pm. Creolising London? Caribbean activists and the geographies of race and empire in 1930s Britain. Daniel Whittall (Royal Holloway, University of London). London Group of Historical Geographers Seminar. IHR, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1.

Tuesday 22 May. 6pm. The British Way in Cold Warfare: The Case of the Empire's Caribbean Communists 1952-1964. Dr Spencer Mawby (Nottingham. International History Seminar. IHR, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1.

Friday May 25. 7.30pm. Hannah Mitchell Foundation Open Forum. Manchester  Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St.

Monday 28 May. 5.15pm. Following the 'Urban Alchemist': The Tour Guide and the History of London. Geoffrey Levett (Birkbeck, University of London). Sport & Leisure Seminar, IHR, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1.

Tuesday 29 May. 5.15pm. Classicism after Grainger: Classical Architecture in Newcastle Upon Tyne, 1870-1914. Dr Michael Johnson (Independent scholar. Locality & Region Seminar. IHR, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1.

Wednesday 30 May. 5.15pm. British Slavery, Moral Responsibility and Political Representation, c. 1783-1834. Richard Huzzey (Plymouth Uni). British in the Long 18thC Seminar, IHR, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1.

Saturday 2 June. 2-4pm. Enlightenment in Lilliput: Republican Education in Eighteenth-Century Children's Literature. Matthew Grenby (Newcastle). Education in the Long 18thC Seminar. IHR, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1.

Monday 11 June. 5.15pm. Goals and Walls: The Israeli-Palestinian Encounter in Football Films. Dr Alon Raab (University of California, Davis). Sport & Leisure Seminar, IHR, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1.

Wednesday 13 June.  7 & 9pm. Singing The Changes. St Thomas Church and Community Centre, Huddersfield.

Thursday 21 June. Closing date for paper proposals for 13 April 2013  Conference on Edward Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class. It appeared in 1963 and has become one of the most influential history texts of the twentieth century. It is still in print fifty years on, having survived challenges from Marxist, feminist and postmodern historians. The People's History Museum and the Working Class Movement Library are jointly organising a day conference at the Museum to celebrate Thompson's classic, and to consider its reception, its critics, and why it endures. Speakers will include Neville Kirk, Emeritus Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University. The organisers have issued a call for papers. The following subjects are suggested: The Making and the new social history; The politics of The Making; The legacy - ‘We are all Thompsonians now'; Challenges to The Making: Marxist, feminist; The Englishness of The Making; The Making and the crisis of Stalinism/the New Left. Proposals of no more than 200 words for contributions relating to these and other themes should be sent to Dr Craig Horner on
Saturday 23 June. 7.30pm. Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra Concert. Ives: Three Places in New England; Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2; Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 (Organ). Conductor : Jonathan Butcher (Surrey Opera and Croydon Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Festival Director). St John's, Waterloo, London, SE1. Tickets: £12 at the door (£10 in advance). Concessions: £8 (£7). For advance booking, ring 020 8607 9450 before 17 June.

Monday 25 June. 5.15pm. Boom and Bust: The Edwardian Roller Skating Boom, 1908-1912. Sean Creighton.  Sport & Leisure Seminar, IHR, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1.

Thursday 28 June.  Writing Mothers/Daughters: 1780-2012. One day conference at Newman University College, Birmingham.

Saturday June 30. 10am- 5pm. History, the Nation and the Schools. National conference to discuss the teaching of History in British schools. Jointly sponsored by the Royal Historical Society, the Raphael Samuel History Centre, and the Historical Association .  Bishopsgate Institute, London, EC2. Is there a crisis in the teaching of History in British schools? Some people, inside and outside government, believe that there is, and propose to revise the curriculum to deal with it. Others argue that the teaching of History remains strong but that its availability is narrowing, especially in schools with high numbers of students from low income families. New initiatives such as the English Baccalaureate have been introduced to help ensure that all students have an opportunity to study history at Key Stage 4, but will this work? What kind of History should be taught in British schools, and to whom? These issues will be discussed at the conference. Speakers include BASA activists Martin Spafford (George Mitchell School, Leyton) and John Siblon. Pre-registration will be required. A sandwich lunch will be provided. For further information about the conference, and to register for it, please email

Saturday, 30 June. Closing Date for  British Society of Sports History Regional Networks Survey. BSSH is looking to set up a series of regional sport and leisure history networks, bringing together historians of various different forms of leisure in different parts of the UK, in the same way as the Sport and Leisure History Seminar group has done in London. It will be extremely grateful if you could take time to fill in the following survey, which is designed to obtain feedback on and make the contacts necessary to start up these regional networks: It will only take a few minutes to fill in, and respondents will be entered into a prize draw for two £25 book vouchers, which will take place at the BSSH's annual general meeting in September. The deadline for completing the survey is. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the networks further, please don't hesitate to get in touch with Dion Georgiou - Please cut and paste this is anyone you know who might be interested.

Friday 13 – Sunday 15 July. Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival.

Friday 7 & Saturday 8 September. The British Society of Sports History Annual Conference. Hosted by the University of Glasgow.  For registration details and further information see website shortly.

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