Monday, 12 November 2012

More November Events

To 24 November. Red Velvet. Play about Ira Aldridge by playwright and actor Lolita Chakrabarti and starring her husband Adrian Lester as Aldridge. The Tricycle Theatre, London. 

To Sunday 9 December. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat & Sun 10am-3pm. Jerwood Encounters: "Now I Gotta Reason". Free exhibition which focuses on art production as a useful and productive activity, with associated projects. Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London,  SE1.

Wednesday 14 November. 2-3pm. Ugandan Asians in Britain: journeys across three continents to find a home. Talk by Karim Hussain (TNA). It is forty years since Idi Amin arbitrarily decided to expel over 70,000 Asians resident in Uganda. Given only 90 days to leave the land-locked East African country, most were forced to abandon homes and businesses, taking with them only what they could carry. Whole communities and families were uprooted and separated at the whim of the unpredictable military dictator. Of those expelled, almost 30,000 found refuge in Britain. Many came as colonial citizens with British passports, others with no national identity at all. Using The National Archives records, this talk examines the extraordinary journey of these resilient people who turned adversity and trauma into success, becoming one of the most settled minority communities in Britain's multicultural society.  

Thursday 15 November. 6pm - 7.30pm. The next Jamaican national hero: life and times of Joel Augustus Rogers (1880-1966). Presentation by Patrick Vernon. Jamaica has a firmament of national heroes including Nanny, Sam Sharpe, Marcus Garvey, George William Gordon, Paul Bogle, Alex Bustamante, and Norman Manley. This presentation will make the case for J. A. Rogers to be recognised as another candidate worthy of such recognition. Rogers was one of the most interesting and dynamic Black historians and social commentators of modern times. He spent over fifty years researching and publishing the contribution of Black people to world history. Between the 1920s and 1960s Rogers wrote an influential newspaper column and over 20 books. Rogers was a contemporary and acquaintance of Marcus Garvey, W E Dubois and Malcolm X. In 1935, he became the first Black war correspondent when Ethiopia was invaded by Mussolini. He died in 1966 at the advent of Black power movement. This will be an interactive presentation where participants can see some of his newspaper coverage and also make suggestions about who should be the next national hero of Jamaica. Hackney Museum, Ground Floor Technology And Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, E8. To book your place email: 

Friday 16  November. 7pm.  The African Presence in Ancient Asia. Conversation with Dr Runoko Rashidi on  his new book. Introduction by Robin Walker. Dooglebud’s Bistro (delicious hot food on sale), 79 Whitehorse Road, Croydon,  CRO.  ENTERTAINMENT by “BASS-ORATORY” . Organised by Croydon Supplementary Education Project & Windrush Foundation.  Free entrance. Books on sale.  To reserve your text 07508903634 Or call Jacinth Martin at CSEP on 0208 686 7865 or email

Saturdays 17 and 24 November and 2 December. 11am-12pm. Jerwood Encounters: "Now I Gotta Reason" Projects. Artists Amy Feneck and Ruth Beale have devised two projects based around materials borrowed from the Working Class Movement Library in Salford. Three informal study group meetings will address the topic of 'money', from its beginnings and history, to getting to grips with the contemporary finance industry, to varied attempts at alternative economies. Ruth and Amy will also lead a Skills Swap Bazaar at 2-2.30pm on Wednesdays throughout the exhibition. This will match make skills and services, creating an alternative moneyless economy inspired by Robert Owen's Equitable Labour Exchange.  

Sunday 18 November. 2-5pm. Celebrate The Luddites’ 200th Anniversary! The People’s History Museum in Manchester and the Luddites200 group is hosting a free celebration including, poetry, an exhibition and talks. The Burning of Westhoughton Mill by the One Accord music group tells the story of the attack on April 24 1812  based upon a poem by John Clough, published in 1882. There will also be talks by Richard Holland who runs the Luddites Bicentenary Blog,, and by Garth Ratcliffe of the Westhoughton Local History Group,, People's History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3. The event is free and suitable for children over the age of 12. It is advisable to book, via phone 0161 838 9190 or email  
Sunday 18 November. Call Mr Robeson. The final performance of Tayo Aluko’s Autunm 2012 UK tour. Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Booking details here.
Monday 19 November. 6.45 for 7.15pm. Lambeth's first libraries: an architectural tour by Robert Drake, secretary of the Twentieth Century Society. He talks about the development of Lambeth's public libraries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, from an architectural and design perspective. Light refreshments. Everyone welcome. No admission charge, but a £2 donation towards costs is invited. Friends of Durning Library. Durning Library, 167 Kennington Lane, London, SE11.

Monday 19 November. 5.15pm. African Footballers in Sweden: Race, Immigration and Integration in the Age of Globalisation. Dr Carl-Gustaf Scott (Södertörn University, Sweden). Sport and Leisure History Seminar. Senate House. Malet St/Russell Square, London, WC1.

Tuesday 20 November onwards. 'Collecting Cultures - From Cabbages to Kings' onwards. Exhibition. Since July 2008; when it acquired Francis Dodd 's ‘Gardens at Hammersmith Allotments', the Garden Museum has been growing its collection of paintings, prints and drawings. Using a  Heritage Lottery Fund Collecting Cultures Grant, it has  collected 40 works of art illustrating all aspects of UK gardens and gardening. This  collection of pictures has never been seen in public before. Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1.

Wednesday 21 November. 7pm. 'The origins of the British Co-operative movement: reappraising and commemorating the Rochdale Pioneers'. Tim Curtis Memorial Lecture by Professor John Walton (Universidad del País Vasco UPV/ EHU). Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema, Foster Building, University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Admission is free. Tickets and programmes for the event can be obtained from 01772 892250 (David Howard) or 01772 893056 (Chris Williams): or Please confirm attendance by 14 November, including whether you require car parking and refreshments. 

Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 November. Celebrating and Reclaiming Community Development Learning and Practice. The Federation for Community Development Learning Conference on community development practice “in an age of ‘austerity for some’ and increasing inequality for all”.   Alfreton, Derbyshire. Further information on the FCDL website - or contact or 0114 253 6770. 
 Thursday 22 November. The Politics of Black Bodies in Lancashire and the Atlantic World: The Legacy of Ghostly Mementoes and the Redemptive Power of Guerrilla Memorialisation. Professorial Inaugural lecture by Alan Rice. Many congratulations to Alan. See flyer image. Please contact Sue Conduit on 01772 893390,, if you would like to attend. Alan’s most recent book: Creating Memorials, Building Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic (Liverpool UP. Hbk. 2010; pbk 2012). Websites with content by Alan Rice:;

Saturday 24 November. 10am to 5pm. 'Plebgate and the Ruskin archives shredding. Can we rebuild the Plebs tradition?' Independent Working-Class Education Network day school. Northern College, near Barnsley. Speakers include Hilda Kean (formerly Dean of Ruskin College) and Alex Gordon (President, RMT). Entry: £12 including lunch. Details at To book, email

Tuesday 27 November. 6-8pm. 1851: Quakers, the Peace Congress, and the Great Exhibition. Talk by Geoffrey Cantor (Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at the University of Leeds and Honorary Research Fellow University College, London). There were widely different responses of various religious communities to the impressive international exhibition of industry held in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park during the summer of 1851. In this talk Geoffrey Cantor will examine why Friends, including a number of Quaker manufacturers who mounted exhibits, were generally enthusiastic about the Exhibition and also mention some of their reservations. However, many of the Quakers who attended the Exhibition conceived a close connection between it and the International Peace Congress that was held in London in July 1851. By bringing together the Exhibition and the Peace Congress this talk will explore the interlocking themes of internationalism, pacifism and progress in science and manufacturing in the middle of the nineteenth century. Quaker History Meeting. Quaker Centre, Friends House, 173 Euston Rd, London, NW1. Talks starts at 6.30pm. From 6pm refreshments. The Library will be open that day until 6pm. Register for a free place by emailing or telephoning Jennifer Milligan; 020 7663 1132. Editorial note: American African-American abolitionist campaigners attended the Festival and the Congress.

Thursday 29 November. 7.30pm. Windrush legacy film evening. Also screening of the documentary ' A Charmed Life ' by Patrick Vernon (Labour Councillor for Hackney and founder of Every Generation Media). Patrick will be available for a discussion afterwards. Entry £5/unwaged £3 Refreshments available. To reserve your place contact Janice Long 020 8459 7435 (email ). Brent Central CLP. Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre, Brentfield Road, London,  NW10.

Wednesday 28 November now Wednesday 5 December. 2pm. 'Salt of the Earth': empowering working class communities across the land. Speaker Jacqui Carroll from REELmcr at the . Working Class Movement Library, 51 The Crescent, Salford, M5, has had to be re-scheduled.

Thursday 29 (London) and Friday 30 November (Sheffield). Where next for the In Defence of Youth Work Campaign?  Four years on since launch of the IDYW Campaign, two meetings coming up to review where next for the initiative. “The Coalition has pursued relentlessly the targeted agenda set by New Labour. In addition it has propelled the neo-liberal fetish of the market deep into the heart of services for young people. Commissioning is the order of the day. This shifting landscape throws up a range of questions and concerns for the campaign….” More information on  Book your place with Tony Taylor -

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