Sunday, 6 May 2012

My talks and walks in Wandsworth Heritage Festival 26 May to 10 June




Events involving Sean Creighton and close friends

Sean’s walks: £5.  No need to book.

Further information about talks and walks from 020 8764 4301

Saturday 26 May
The Good Neighbour. Battersea Arts Centre Open Day
Tour the building, music, history bookstall, displays, film, & short talks about people and activities associated with the building since 1893. Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill. 020 7223 2223.
Sean will be helping  during the day.
Sunday 27
Battersea History Walk
Walk led by Tony Belton from Latchmere Pub to Battersea Arts Centre exploring some of the events that occurred in Battersea, from the last duel in the UK to the Brown Dog Riots and London’s first black Mayor.
Meet diagonally opposite corner to Latchmere Pub at corner of Battersea Park and Battersea Bridge Roads
£10. Booking and more information or (020) 7223 1736
Monday 28 May
Battersea’s Urban Conflicts
Agenda Services walk led by Sean taking in the history of Battersea Park, Park Town Estate, the railways, the water works the Power Station and the Catholic enclave.
Meet Battersea  Park gates by Queen’s Circus.
Wednesday 30 May
Battersea Rise Dignatories
Agenda Services walk led by Sean from top end of Northcote Rd to Battersea Rise Cemetery, focussing on people after whom local streets are named and who are buried in the Cemetery, inc. John Buckmaster, John Burns and Dr Harbens Lal Gulati.
Meet corner  Battersea Rise and Auckland Rd. 
Wednesday 30 May
Wandsworth and the Edwardian Roller Skating Boom 1908-1912
The years 1908-1912 saw a boom in rinking (roller-skating). Several rinks operated in the Wandsworth area. Sean will explain the history of the boom in the area and the links with the National Skating Association.
Battersea Library, 265 Lavender Hill, SW11. Free. Organised by Agenda Services.
Friday 1 June
Politics and Arts in and around Battersea Park
Agenda Services walk led by Sean Creighton will explore the political and cultural uses of Battersea Park and discuss some of the residents of the mansions blocks. Local politicians such as John Archer and William Stephen Sanders lived in this area.
Meet outside Albert Mansions on Albert Bridge Rd.
Friday 1 June
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: the life of the Black British musician (1875-1912)
Born of an English mother and African father, he became famous at an early age with his Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast which became a major work for decades of British choirs. He wrote a wide range of music, including setting poems as songs, and conducted. His tours of the USA were a major success. He was also a supporter of black rights and a friend of Battersea’s Progressive and Labour activist John Archer. Speaker: Jeffrey Green, author of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: A Musical Life (2011)
Battersea Library, 265 Lavender Hill, SW11.
Free. No need to book. More information from Sean.
Sponsored by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network:
Saturday 2 June
The Good Neighbour. Battersea Arts Centre Open Day
As 26 May.
Monday 4 June
Battersea’s Australian and Ethiopian Connections.
Agenda Services walk led by Sean around St Philip Square, Queenstown Rd exploring the development of the Park Town Estate and the work of the Flowers family.
Meet outside the Church.  
Wednesday 6 June
Hester Thrale, the Streatham Muse: women writing in the 18th Century.
Cassie Ulph (PhD student, Leeds University) discusses the life of Hester Thrale, social hostess at Streatham Park, patron of Joshua Reynolds, friend of Samuel Johnson, David Garrick and others. Cassie will look at the difficulties of being a woman writer in the later 18th and early 19th centuries and Hester’s relationship with writer Fanny Burney.
Furzedown Project, 91-93 Moyser Rd, SW16 6SJ. 
Free. No need to book. More information from Sean. Organised by Agenda Services.
Thursday 7 June
Wandsworth Museum building: what are the its links with the slavery business and roller skating?
A walk on West Hill to arrive at the Museum for its late opening at 6pm, led by Sean (as friend of Wandsworth Museum).
Meet corner Broomhill Rd/West Hill.
£5 (for Friends funds). No need to book.
Thursday 7 June
Special late opening of Wandsworth Museum and De Morgan Centre
Enjoy the Portrait of London photography exhibition, which features historic photos of the Borough, as well as the extraordinary collection of ceramics and pottery in the De Morgan Centre. The bar will be open and visitors will receive 20% of most books and gifts purchased form the Museum shop on the night.
Free. No booking required.
Friday 8 June
Organised politics and cycling in Wandsworth 1890s and 1900s
Agenda Services talk by Sean about the link between politics and cycling in the 1890s and 1900s focussing on the activities of the pro-Municipal Reform Pioneer Cycling Club and the socialist Clarion Cyclists, including their different attitudes to women.
Northcote Library, 155e Northcote Rd, SW11.
Free. No need to book. More information from Sean Creighton.

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