Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Commemorating John Archer - Wandsworth Heritage Festival 24 May - 8 June


Saturday 24 May to Sunday 8 June


Royal Mail stamp April 2013

This year is the 100th Anniversary of the Battersea Mayoral year in 1913/14 of John Archer, an advocate of social justice and black rights. His biographer Sean Creighton is giving two talks and leading four walks about his life and views and the parts of Battersea particularly associated with him.

Tuesday 27 May, 7pm

John Archer’s Views on British and Black History

John Archer was actively interested in the history of African peoples around the Atlantic, and the campaigns for the abolition of the slave trade and slavery in the West Indies and the United States. Sean will discuss his views on British and Black History, including his view that British history neglected black history, and about the people he regarded as significant inc. white abolitionists and black campaigners  in Britain and the United States. Battersea Library, Lavender Hill, SW11. Free.No need to book in advance.

Tuesday 3 June, 7pm

Culture and Sport in John Archer’s Battersea

A keen supporter of the Nine Elms Swimming Club and friend of the black composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor d. 1912) is just one of many leading citizens who supported the rich cultural and sports life of Battersea from the 1890s to 1930. Sean Creighton, a historian of the Edwardian skating boom, will discuss aspects of that life. Battersea Library, Lavender Hill, SW11. Free. No need to book in advance.

Walks Through John Archer’s’ Battersea

Wednesday 28 May, 7pm and Sunday 1 June, 2pm. To Our Lady of  Mount Carmel and St Joseph Church, Battersea Park Rd
Thursday 5 June, 7pm and Saturday 7 June, 2pm.  To Battersea Arts Centre

Meet outside 55 Brynmaer Rd, off Albert Bridge Rd (Battersea Park Rd end).  Free.

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