Sunday, 23 June 2013

Events Diary To End of July

To September. The impact of the 1919 Police Strike on Birkenhead. Exhibition.  Wirral Archives Service, Lower Ground Floor, Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead CH41 1ND. Tel: 0151 606 2922. Monday to Friday:  9.30am - 4.30pm.

To September. Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939 Exhibition. Wirral Archives Service. See above.

Friday 28 June – Sunday 14 July. South  Norwood Arts Festival. See full programme at

Friday 28 June.  6pm.  ‘Telling the people’s story: writing, representing and selling the past in the age of affective history’. Talk by the distinguished historian of Chartism Paul Pickering (Australia National University Canberra). Peak Lecture Theatre, Sheffield Hallam University's City Campus. Please contact Matthew Roberts for further details:

Friday, 28 June. 6pm. Whose Remembrance? an investigation into how communities are addressing the colonial experience of the two world wars. Birkbeck College. In 2012, the Imperial War Museum's Research Department did a scoping study funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) of how far communities are aware of the role of colonial troops during the two world wars. Whose Remembrance? a 20-minute film, directed by Alastair Uhlig, describes the findings. The screening will be followed by a roundtable discussion with Dr Matt Cook, Director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre, Ansar Ullah Ahmed (Swadhinata Trust), Suzanne Bardgett (IWM), Professor Ian Christie (Birkbeck), and Toby Haggith (IWM Research Department). To book your free place go to

Friday 28 June.  8pm. 'Albert Hill: Tooting's Olympian'. Talk by Kevin Kelly following Wandsworth Historical Society AGM.  Friends Meeting Hose, Wandsworth High St, SW18.

Friday 28 & Saturday 29 June. Mobilising London’s housing histories: the provision of homes since 1850  Conference. Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1.The programme is available at: For more details, including how to register, please visit the conference page at

Friday 28 & Saturday 29 June.  Business history in the 21st century Conference. Full programme at:  For more details, including travel and accommodation advice, see the event website at

Saturday 29 June. Chartism Day 2013. St Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane in Sheffield (a building with distinctive connections to Chartism). Send a cheque for £13, payable to Sheffield Hallam University, to: Matthew Roberts, Owen Building Department of Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, S1 WEB. (Email

Saturday 29 June. 1pm. Socialist History Society Annual General Meeting, plus talk at 2pm - The Economics of Killing—How the West fuels war and poverty in the Developing World by Vijay Mehta, author and chair of Uniting for Peace. Marchmont Centre, near Russell Square, London.

Saturday 29 June. 1-4pm. Tailored Trades: Clothes, Labour and Professional Communities (1880-1939). Dr Charlotte Wildman (Manchester University) will speak on ‘Working class women, fashion, glamour and shopping in Manchester, 1910s-1939' and Leanne Tonkin (Textile Conservator at the People's History Museum) will speak about her work. There will also be an opportunity for people to see exhibits from the People's History Museum and WCML collections. People's History Museum. Admission free - places can be reserved from

July – August. Housmans Bookshop Annual London’s Burning Season
Events will include:
The Two Marys – a music and theatre piece featuring Victoria Ross as Mary Shelley and Sasha Hails as Mary Wollstonecraft, accompanied by cellist David Chernaik.
Ruth Cherrington presents her book on a social history of London’s Working Men's Clubs.
Geoff Marhsall discusses his book on London's industrial heritage and its political impact.
Some of the recruits will share their stories, an
oral history of which has been collated in the book ‘London Recruits: Secret War Against Apartheid’.
Lloyd Bradley discusses his new book ‘Sounds Like London: A Century of Black Music in the Capital’.
Clive Bloom will launch his new book ‘Victoria's Madmen: Revolution and Alienation’, exploring the radical legacy of London’s Victorian dreamers and revolutionaries.

Tuesday 2 July. 7pm. E. P. Thompson's "The Making of the English Working Class". Discussion about the impact and continuing importance of "The Making", as well as how perspectives have moved on since it first appeared. Willie Thompson and John Stirling will introduce. NELH First Thursday meeting. Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle.

Wednesday 3 – Friday 5 July. 7.45pm. Oleanna by David Mamet. Play put on by New Stagers. Wandsworth Museum, 38 West Hill, London, SW18. More info & to purchase tickets: or call 07814 611239.

Thursday 4 July. Croydon Towns Transition Meeting. First floor of Stephenson House, Cherry Orchard Road (by East Croydon Station). See Croydon News below.

Friday 5 July. 7.30pm. An Evening with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Talk by me  with recordiings and performances of his work. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Centre, 194 Selhurst Rd, SE25.

Saturday 6 to Sunday 14 July. South Norwood Tourist Board Blue Plaque Week. SNTB will be working with pupils from Ryelands Primary School to bring the streets of South Norwood to life with “Blue Plaque week”. The pupils will be creating blue plaques to decorate their homes, highlighting a historical fact about a past resident or an aspiration of one of the current residents for the future. See the plaques - made from paper plates - on display from 6th July onwards and find out something new about South Norwood and its residents. Editorial comment. What a brilliant idea that can be adapted to working with residents. What an interesting way to test residents reactions to the possibility of permanent plaques.

Saturday 6 July. 11am-6pm. Wandle Park Revival. A Community Day to Celebrate the Regeneration of Wandle Park. I will be running a stall. Further details from 

Saturday 6 July. 1.30pm. Women's Suffrage Centenary Celebration. Speakers Eileen Murphy and Hilary Eastham will be joined by singers from Kadenza and Bolton Clarion Choir. Outside Bolton Town Hall. 4pm picnic at Rivington in Liverpool Castle Folly with On the Go theatre group performing ‘Saint or sinner'. 100 years ago Edith Rigby burned down Lord Leverhulme's bungalow at Rivington in support for the campaign for votes for women. Local trade unionists and campaign groups are set to commemorate Edith. They say: "Edith will always be a controversial figure because she burnt down Lord Leverhulme's house. That said she went to considerable lengths to ensure that he was out of the country and that there was no one inside. She used a suffragette newspaper to set the property alight. "Lord Leverhulme was seen as representing a government that not only opposed women's right to vote but also supported the barbaric force feeding of women on hunger strike".

Monday 8 July. 7pm. Technology out of control? Drones, Killer Robots and the Arms Trade. Remote controlled drones have already caused many civilian casualties in the 'war on terror', and people in the target zones and in Britain are campaigning against their use. But the military is moving towards letting battlefield 'killer robots' take their own decisions without human input. Should we allow computers to decide who lives and who dies, and who is legally responsible for their actions? This first meeting in our 'Breaking the Frame' series on the politics of technology will address some of the ethical and 'existential' issues raised by the march of technocracy. There will be plenty of time for informal discussion.’ Fairly Square cafe, 51 Red lion St, London, WC1. Introductions from: Anne-Marie O'Reilly - Campaign Against the Arms Trade; Chris Cole - Drones Campaign Network; Richard Moyes -  Article 36 & Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. For more information visit, or contact

Wednesday 10 July. 2pm . Invisible Histories - keeping the memories alive. Talk by Neil Dymond-Green. WCML's Invisible Histories project has collected fascinating memories of three Salford workplaces. ‘Now hear how we're keeping these stories alive by working with local high school students to create new Radio Ballads in the tradition of Ewan MacColl.’ Working Class Movement Library, Salford.

Friday 12 July. People, Pedals and Pavement Conference on the history of cycling in London. London Metropolitan Archives; the tickets can be booked on £10.

Saturdays 13 July, 14 August & 7 September.  2 pm. Bishop’s Park Tours  – inc Fulham Palace. Free. Meet. Putney Bridge Entrance to Bishop's Park. Re-Palace see:

Saturday 13 July. Folk & Blues Festival – see above.  I will be running a stall

Saturday 20 July. 1pm – 7pm.  Family Fun Day. CSEP, 32-34 Sydenham Road Croydon CR0.  Call 020 8686 7865 for details.  Admission: £2 adult £1 child Family Tickets £5 (Note: Family of 4). Croydon Supplementary Education Project (CSEP).

Thursday 25 July. 7pm. Writers and M15 Surveillance 1930 to 1960. Cold war spying on writers, artists and musicians. Talk by James Smith (Durham University) on his new book. For booking details go to:

Friday 26 & Saturday 27 July. 10am-5pm. Making Freedom Conference. Windrush Foundation. Senate House, Malet Street/Russell Square, London,WC1. The programme will feature contributors from a wide range of specialists, and will include Carol Dixon, Sharon Tomlin (Genealogist), Dr Denise Noble (Ohio State University, USA), Dr Christer Petley (University of Southampton), Dr Robbie Shilliam (Queen Mary, London University), Dr Hakim Adi (University of Chichester), Dr Kimani Nehusi, Dr Lez Henry, Dr Ron Ramdin, John Siblon, Professor Gad Heuman (Warwick University), Sir Keithlyn Smith (Author of: To Shoot Hard Labour), and others. Conference topics include: EMANCIPATION 1838:Caribbean Freedom (?), Caribbean Family Life after 1838, Finding Caribbean Ancestors, Indentureship, Education, Religion, Emigration (from the Caribbean), Labour Relations, Employment, Race Relations, Caribbean Identity, etc. Admission free. Limited seats. Allocation on first-come basis. Available only via Closing date: 12 July. Further information from:; 075 0890 3634.

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