Saturday, 3 October 2015

The British Business of Slavery

The British Business of Slavery

A series of Tuesday evening talks starting on 6 October, running to 8 December 2015. Presented by Conway Hall Ethical Society and curated by Deborah Lavin. Supported by the Socialist History
Society and the Freethought History Research Group.

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn
London WC1R 4RL
All talks start at 7.00pm
Individual tickets £5, participating society members £3.
Series ticket £30, participating society members £21.

Tuesday 6 October
Freedom’s Debt, the Politics of the Atlantic Slave Trade (1672- 1752)
Dr William Pettigrew,
University of Kent

Tuesday 13 October
First Prime Minister of the London Empire, William Beckford, Jamaican
Planter & Lord Mayor of London (1709 – 1770)
Dr Perry Gauci,
University of Oxford

Tuesday 20 October
The Law’s Ambiguous Struggle with Slavery
Prof Satvinder Juss,
King’s College London

Tuesday 27 October
George Hibbert M.P. (1757-1837) and the Defence of British Slavery
Dr Katie Donington,
University of Nottingham

Tuesday 3 November
The Unfortunate Colonel Despard, “Govenor of Belize”, Anti-racist,
Democrat, Executed as a Traitor 1803
Mike Jay, author

Tuesday 24 November
Slavery and the Shaping of British Culture
James Walvin,
Professor Emeritus, University of York

Tuesday 1 December
A British-Owned Congo, Roger Casement’s Battle with Slavery in Peru (1910-1914)
Prof Jordan Goodman,
University College London

Tuesday 8 December Identifying Unfinished Business, the UK Modern Slavery Act (2015)
Prof Gary Craig,
Durham University & University of Hull

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Red Ken's GLC: Loonies or Visionaries?

Red Ken’s GLC: Loonies or Visionaries?
Bishopsgate Institute, London - Thursday 8 October at 7.30pm
Between 1981 and 1986, Ken Livingstone led the most experimental, controversial and influential city government in modern British history. InPromised You a Miracle, a new and revelatory book about Britain in the early 1980s, acclaimed historian and Guardianjournalist Andy Beckett uncovers the forgotten triumphs and disasters of Livingstone's Greater London Council: from its doomed attempt to make the capital a citadel against Thatcherism to its far-sighted efforts to transform London for women and ethnic minorities. In conversation, Beckett and Livingstone will discuss the GLC's brief and dramatic life under ‘Red Ken’, how it was linked to the other radical forces altering Britain in the tumultuous early 1980s, and how it helped create the London of today.

Andy Beckett is an historian and journalist who explores the links between Britain's recent past and present. He has written for theGuardian, the Economist, and the London Review of Books. His books include the acclaimed When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventiesand Promised You a Miracle: UK 80-82.Ken Livingstone is a British politician. He was a member of the Greater London Council from 1976, and its leader from 1981 until the Council was abolished in 1986. He then served as Labour MP for Brent East from 1987 to 2001. As an independent candidate he made constitutional history on 4 May 2000 when he was elected Mayor of London—the first time that British voters had directly elected a candidate to an executive office at any level of government. He served as Mayor until May 2008.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

LSHG Autumn Term Seminars

London Socialist Historians Seminar Autumn 2015.

All seminars start at 5.30pm in Room 304 Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, London WC1. Free without ticket

12th Oct: Merilyn Moos: 'Generations: the impact of the personal and political on children born in Britain to refugees from Nazism'

26th Oct: John Newsinger: 'British Counter Insurgency. A history'

9th Nov: Chris Jury: 'Politics, theatre and history'

23rd Nov:  Sue Jones: 'My longing desire to go to sea': wanderlust and wayward youth in early modern England​

7th Dec: Roundtable, Keith Flett & others:  'How to remember the 1926 General Strike, 90 years on'

Friday, 4 September 2015

Stan Newens on the 1945 Labour Government

‘The Achievements of the 1945 Labour Government’
A talk by Stan Newens, SHS Honorary President
Venue: Marx House, Clerkenwell Green
2pm, Saturday, 19th September

In this talk to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of Clement Attlee in the post-war general election of 1945, Stan Newens will assess the major achievements of this great reforming administration and consider its legacy for today.
Stan Newens was Labour MP for Epping from 1964 to 1970 and for Harlow from 1974 to 1983. His autobiography is titled, In Quest of a Fairer Society.
Free to attend – all welcome.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Poets for Corbyn

Poets for Corbyn

Poems by Erin Belieu, Ian Birchall, Becky Cherriman, Natalie Chin, Josephine Corcoran, Alec Finlay, Iain Galbraith, Helen Ivory, Andy Jackson, Erik Kennedy, Marion McCready, Nicholas Murray, Pascale Petit, Tom Pickard, Ian Pindar, Michael Rosen, Michael Schmidt, Ernest Schonfield, Nick Telfer and Rory Waterman.

Version 1.0 published August 2015. Ebook, 39 pages ISBN: 978-0-9928034-5-2 FREE to download from here -

Thursday, 6 August 2015

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists / United We Stand double bill

Townsend Productions are doing a six week residency at The Bussey Building, Peckham in London from the 5th October to the 13th November 2015. The double bill will comprise two of our most popular productions, the classic "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" and the recent "United We Stand" - the story of Des Warren, Ricky Tomlinson and the Shrewsbury Pickets. Using these plays we aim to raise themes of social injustice, the effects of austerity, working patterns and conditions, and tackle issues and raise awareness of specific subjects such as those highlighted by The Shrewsbury 24 Campaign and Blacklist Support Group. We have lots of post show discussion with talks from Christine Blower, Matt Wrack, Megan Dobney, Tom Watson & Dave smith (Black Listing Campaign).

Townsend Productions Present a Striking Double Bill at The Bussey Building, Peckham: 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' & 'United We Stand' - The story of Des Warren, Ricky Tomlinson & The Shrewsbury Pickets
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
A new two handed version adapted by Neil Gore from the Stephen Lowe play based on Robert Tressell’s classic book.
Townsend Productions present this classic story of a group of painter-decorators who are joined by artist Owen, whose spirited attacks on the dishonesty of Capitalism, along with his Socialist vision, highlight exploitation in the workplace and inequality in society. Relevant still, this tale is told with vigour and passion.
This hugely successful production is a gem of Edwardian humorous theatre with songs and music of the time directed by folk legend John Kirkpatrick
“A strong and robust show that brings the characters, humour and inspirational ideas of this great book to life. It is needed now more than ever.You’ll leave the theatre and join the struggle!” Ken Loach, Film Director.
**** ‘Tremendous’ TheTimes.
10/10‘Sensational’  Liverpool Echo.
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists 5-31 October 7:30 £12 (£10) Mondays – all tickets £5
Online tickets: Information:T. 020 7732 5275 E: The CLF Art Cafe, Block A, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST.

'United We Stand' - The story of Des Warren & Ricky Tomlinson & The Shrewsbury Pickets
By Neil Gore.The Story of Des Warren, Ricky Tomlinson and the Shrewsbury 24.
In 1972 tens of thousands of building workers won the first
national strike in the industry to end cash “lump” wages
and seek better pay and conditions.The tactic of using
‘flying pickets’ left the contractors reeling.The enraged
construction industry and Tory government sought revenge,
and this culminated in the arrest of 24 builders in North
Wales charged with offences that included conspiracy to intimidate and affray – the ‘Shrewsbury 24’ were put on trial the following year.
UNITED WE STAND focuses on the true and still very current events that led to the imprisonment of building workers Des Warren and Eric Tomlinson (Ricky Tomlinson of ‘The Royle Family’). It reflects the great tide of anger which rocked the very foundations of the established political elite; examines the extraordinary political will of all the participants; and shares the anguish of falling prey to a flagrant miscarriage of justice.

It combines Townsend Productions’ trademark small-cast, grand theatrical wit with popular and political songs of the early seventies directed by celebrated folk-singer John Kirkpatrick.
“William Fox as Des was outstanding and Neil Gore made a fantastic job playing ‘young’ Ricky” –RickyTomlinson
‘A striking piece of work’ The Observer
★★★★★ ‘Exellent' The Morning Star
★★★★ ' Passionatele delivered' The Liverpool Echo
United We Stand 2-14 November 7:30 £12 (£10) Mondays – all tickets £5
Online tickets: Information:T. 020 7732 5275 E: The CLF Art Cafe, Block A, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST.