Monday, 15 October 2012

Diary of Events 18 October following

To 4 November. The Good Neighbour. Discover Hidden Stories About Battersea. (See poster details next page.)
Thursday 18 October.  Implementing the Law on, and Policing of, Racial Abuse in the Age of Twitter and Social Media: An “Impossible Job?” Roundtable Debate. Birkbeck Sport Business Centre Seminar in the Kick It Out One Game One Community weeks of action campaign– see Panel members including a former Premier League footballer and representatives from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the FA, and a leading law firm, will discuss the challenges faced by football in ensuring that the law on combating racial abuse is applied effectively in this new era of social media. Is it an impossible job? Or can the power of social media be mobilised to address the problem, not just in terms of prosecuting those that abuse, but also by educating a new generation on the necessity for respect and tolerance in football and in society? The event is organised in collaboration with Kick It. Free. As it is anticipated that there will be heavy demand for this event, in order to secure your place can you please send a confirmation of attendance e-mail to:

Friday 19 October. 11am. A Memorial Service for Malcolm Wicks, MP.  Croydon Minster. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall across the Minster Green. The Minster’s website includes location details. Prior to his death, Malcolm expressed a wish that anyone choosing to make a charitable donation in his memory to consider Carers UK. You may do this via

Saturday 20 October. 1pm.  Murals in Battersea. Free Talk & Walk by Brian Barnes,  MBE. Illustrated talk about Community Murals in South London with visit to Battersea in Perspective in Culvert Road /Dagnall Street and Chesterton school playground mural. Light refreshments will be provided. Doddington & Rollo Community Association, Charlotte Despard Avenue, London, SW11. 020 7627 5821.  

Tuesday 23 October, 'Broken Pastoral and the English Folk: Art and Music in Britain, 1880-1914'. Talk by Professor Tim Barringer (Yale University). rank Davis Memorial Lecture series at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London; see here for details: Editorial Note: I have emailed Barringer to point out that although interested in Negro folk music Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was an English composer who was part of the wider movement among European composers in using folk music.  

Thursday 25 October. 7.30pm. Looking for Samuel: Commemorating the life and works of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor through talks, music and poetry. Join poets Maika Booker and Dorothea Smart  as they collaboratively re-imagine the life and works of SC-T with poetry and  original music composed and performed by ensemble Music Off Canvas. £7 (£5 concessions). To book go to:  Canada Water Culture Space, Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16.

Thursday 25 October.  7.30pm. Vauxhall Society AGM and Talk on Nine Elms. St Stephen’s Church, St Stephen’s Terrace, London SW8. Helen Fisher, the new Nine Elms Programme Director of the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Strategy Board, will be the guest speaker. She will give an overview of the Nine Elms Vauxhall programme, governance, and progress. She will be joined by Brigid Burnham from TFL, who leads the consultation on NLE, and by Lambeth’s Sandra Roebuck (Programme Manager, Regeneration), who will take questions relating to the newly-published Vauxhall Supplementary Planning Document. Everyone is welcome, members and non-members alike.

Saturday 27 October. 10am–8.30pm. Ruskin College Grand Opening and Gala Evening. Dunstan Road, Old Headington, Oxford, OX3. See details in Ruskin College story below. For information on venue:

Saturday  27 October. Sport & Politics. Historians on Sport Conference. De Montfort University's International Centre for Sports History and Culture.
Tuesday 30 October. 6-8pm. Patterns of dissent - thoughts towards a geography of war resisters in Britain 1916 to 1919. The creation of a database of over 16,000 British World War 1 Conscientious Objectors has made it possible to explore more of the detail and diversity of opposition to that war. Distinctive anti-war communities can be identified and much more can be said about the extent and character of individual and group acts of resistance. The connections with elements of the women's movement are seen to be crucial as are the new alliances forged within the broad left - from radical Liberals to Socialist and Anarchists. It was a process which was to exercise significant influence on the evolution of the radical politics of Britain in the years after the war and a process within which members of the Society of Friends played important parts. Cyril Pearce is a retired University Lecturer and Visiting Research Fellow at the University Leeds. Some years ago he published Comrades in Conscience, a study of the anti-war movement in the West Yorkshire town of Huddersfield. In it he argued that opposition to the war there was far more extensive than traditional accounts of public opinion insisted should have been the case. Since then he has been working to discover whether there were other 'Huddersfields'. The CO database has been part of that process. Quaker History Meeting. 6pm in the Quaker Centre Café for a 6.30pm start. The Library will be open that day until 6pm. Register for a free place by emailing or telephoning Jennifer Milligan 020 7663 1132. Quaker Centre, Friends House, 173 Euston Rd, London, NW1.

Wednesday 31 October. Closing date for suggestions for panels and papers for the European Rural History Organisation's annual conference, taking place at the University of Bern in August 2013. See:
Monday 5 November. 7.45pm. The Gordon Riots of 1780. Talk by Bernard Winchester. United Reform Church, East Croydon. Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society.

Tuesday 13 November. 6.30pm. John Milton as a theorist of liberty. Annual Creighton lecture given this year by Professor Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, University of London).  Followed by a wine reception. Logan Hall, Institute of Education (20 Bedford Way, London, WC1.  Attendance is free and this event is open to all. To RSVP, please contact

Tuesday 13 November. Spa Towns. Talk by Dr Astrid Kohler as Annual lecture of Queen Mary, University of London, School of Languages, Literature and To find out more and to book to attend:

Thursday 15 November. 8pm. After the Great Exhibition. Talk by Brian Bloice (Streatham Society). Phoenix Centre, Westow St, Upper Norwood. Norwood Society.

Saturday 24 November. British Society of Sports History North West Sport & Leisure History Network Workshop. Manchester Met Univ. Manchester Metropolitan University, Crewe, Cheshire. Diane Clements (Director, Museum of Freemasonry) will talk on ‘Devoted exclusively to Association Football’: New Light on Freemasonry and Football,’ Other papers will be given on Psychology and the Outdoor Movement in the 1920s; Golf and the Common: The Hertfordshire Experience; ‘The Finest Spectacle in P.O.W. History’: the 1952 ‘Inter-Camp Olympics’ and British Prisoners of War in the Korean War; Wilson of ‘The Wizard’: Asserting the Rural in Post-War Britain; The Regional and Local History of North-West Leisure: A Historiographical Review; Leisure, Politics and the Conservative Party Hegemony in North-West England, 1880s-1930s; Pantomime and the Bankruptcy of Captain Bainbridge – 1889; ‘Pen and paper quizzes, games and dancing’: Holiday Making with the Co-operative Holidays Association and Holiday Fellowship. Further details from Dave Day on or 07785545193.

Saturday 19 January. Luddites and York.

London Socialist Historians Group Seminars
Mondays. 5.30pm. Gordon Room (G34), Ground Floor (except 5 Nov).
Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, London
15 October. George Paizis (UCL): Retranslating Victor Serge's Memoirs of a Revolutionary
5 November. Dan Gordon (Edge Hill): Immigrants & Intellectuals: May 1968 and the rise of anti-racism in France. Joint session with Modern French History Semina. Please note: this session takes place in the Bedford Room (G37)
12 November. Chris Blakey: Georges Cheron and the 1936 Hotchkiss factory soviet.
26 November. Pete Brown: Shakespeare's Local.
10 December. Keith Flett. History of Riots project: research update
'Imbibing Bodies: Histories of Drinking and Culture'
Centre for the Study of the Body and Material Culture’ Seminars. The History Department, Royal Holloway University of London. Wednesdays. 5pm . Royal Holloway, 11 Bedford Square, on Wednesday at 5.00pm.
17 October, Karen Harvey (Sheffield), ‘Politics by Design: Drink, Allegiance and Manly Consumption’
21 November, Lyanne Holcombe (Kingston), 'Leisured Spaces, Liminal Bodies: Gender and the Practice of Consumption in the Lyons Restaurant, Grill and Hotel 1914-1939'
12 December Mark Hailwood (Exeter), 'Alehouses, Sociability and Intoxication in Seventeenth-Century England'
Winter Term
16 January, James Kneale (UCL), 'Measuring Moderate Drinking Before The Unit: Medicine and Life Assurance in Britain and the United States, c.1860-1930'
13 February, Stella Moss (RHUL), '"An Abnormal Habit": Methylated Spirit Drinking in Interwar Britain'
13 March, Tessa Storey (RHUL) ‘Salute! Drinking to health in late Renaissance Italy’
Due to security requirements at Bedford Square we need to notify reception in advance if attendees are coming from outside RHUL. Please email in advance if you wish to attend:
Institute of Contemporary British History, King’s College London
Wednesday 17 October. 5pm. Enoch Powell and the Making of Postcolonial Britain.  Camilla Schofield (UEA). Contemporary British History seminar. KCL History Department Seminar Room, 8th floor, Strand Building, Kings College London, WC2.
Tuesday 23 October. 6pm.Seeing Red: British socialists visit revolutionary Russia’. Dr Jonathan Davis (Anglia Ruskin University). Holden Room, Senate House, London, WC1E.
Wednesday 24 October. 6pm. The Left and Constitutional Reform, Gladstone to Miliband. Professor Kenneth O. Morgan. Institute of Contemporary British History Annual Lecture 2012. Council Room, King’s College London (Strand campus).



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