Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Black and Asian Britain seminars

Institute of Commonwealth Studies, in conjunction with the Black & Asian Studies Association present:
Black and Asian Britain seminars
Senate House, University of London, Russell Square, London WC1
6 to 7.30 pm,

Everyone is welcome. You do not have to pre-book/register. (Contact:

27 September (G34 - Gordon Room) Kate Donnington 'Feeding the ghosts': George Hibbert, the West India Docks and the memory of British Slave Ownership.' This paper will explore the ways in which George Hibbert has been represented in the West India Dock area. It will consider the relationship between the representation and memory of slave ownership in Britain.

18 October (The Court Room, 1st Floor) Kwame Nimako, ‘The Legacy of Atlantic Slavery: the Unfinished Business of Emancipation’. Abolition is a legal act, and this has taken place; emancipation is a social, political and economic process, and has not yet been achieved. Taking the Dutch situation as a point of departure, I offer an assessment of how current struggles over recognition, remembrance and commemoration remain at the forefront, as revealed, for example, in the 2007 bicentenary in Great Britain, and in the preparations for the 150th anniversary of the abolition of Dutch slavery which will occur in 2013. (Book will be on sale at £15)

15 November ( G32 - Russell Room, Room) Michael Ohajuru, ‘An Introduction to the Black Presence in Renaissance Europe’ as exemplified by the Black Magus's image found on a 16th Century Rood Screen from Devon. (Now in the Victoria & Albert Museum's Collection (W.54-1928). How did the image reach Devon and what might it have meant at the time?

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Striking a Light in Waltham Forest...

Waltham Forest Radical History Workshop present:

Striking a Light - The Matchwomen and their Place in History.

Louise Raw will talk on her Book “Striking a Light", about the Bryant & May matchwomen’s strike of 1888.
Her book celebrates the achievement of the remarkable young East End women who took on a ruthless cartel and won, and proves conclusively that they changed the entire course of British labour history, and were in fact the mothers of the modern union movement.

The life histories of matchwomen like Eliza Martin and Mary Driscoll, who were instrumental in the strike, are told for the first time.

Copies of the Book will be available for signing.

Tuesday 11 October, 7.30 PM,
Admission £2.50/ £1.50 concessions
Licensed Bar
Orford House Social Club,
73 Orford Road,
E17 9PU
All Welcome

Nearest Station: Walthamstow Central
Buses: Hoe Street

Waltham Forest Radical History Group
Information: 07973 443030

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Llanelli riots documentary on BBC Wales

BBC Wales have put out a half hour documentary on the 1911 Llanelli riots. interview with Tim Evans & others - this is the link:

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Keith Flett on the history of London mobs and London riots

'The one thing we can say about London mobs and London riots is that they have defied over several centuries all attempts by the authorities to make their reappearance impossible and every effort by academics to argue that they are definitively a thing of the past. That seems set to continue to be the case.'
Keith Flett, 'I love the sound of breaking glass: the London crowd, 1760-2010', Spring 2011.

Photo Exhibition: Laslett's Carnival

Photography Exhibition: Laslett’s Carnival

Exhibition Preview & Talk: Saturday, 13 August @ 7.00pm

Exhibition Dates: 13 - 31 August, 2011

Location: Tabernacle Gallery, Powis Square, London, W11 2AY

A photographic journey into the history of the Notting Hill Carnival and it’s early pioneers.

Featuring the work of such acclaimed ethnographic photographers as Charlie Phillips, Alan Thornhill and Homer Sykes, Laslett’s Carnival tells the story of the internationally recognised Notting Hill Carnival's growth, from it’s humble beginnings as a local street fete into Europe’s largest and most celebrated street

The exhibition highlights some rarely explored moments in time, including the work of Claudia Jones and the often-overlooked contributions of local activist Mrs. Rhaune Laslett and Trinidadian steel pan player Russ Henderson. For the first time, we shall see the true history of carnival’s evolution and the key players who were instrumental in it’s transformation, individuals such as: Junior Telfer, Sonny Black, Selwyn Baptiste, Sterling Betancourt and the architect of the modern carnival, Leslie Palmer.

Photographs chronicle the tale of how Rhaune Laslett and Russ Henderson merged an ordinary British children’s street procession with the distinctive sounds of the Trinidadian steel pan, thereby bridging some of the cultural differences and racial tensions endemic of the time. The photographic artifacts of this historic journey are on display in striking detail, bringing together a magnificent collection of images, many previously unseen, Laslett’s Carnival captures a rare slice of British history in a stunning exhibition spectators won't soon forget.

A discussion with some of the main protagonists of the time and the photographers who captured their experience accompanies this exhibition’s exciting preview.

Key speakers include Sterling Betancourt, Sonny Black, Leslie Palmer, and Mike Townsend, son of Rhaune Laslett.

For further information contact the press office:
Ishmahil Blagrove +44(0)20 7243 9191 or Email:

The 1911 Liverpool General Transport Strike Centenary Conference

The 1911 Liverpool General Transport Strike Centenary Conference


**Tickets £5 waged / £3 unwaged from News From Nowhere bookshop, Bold St, L1 4HY**

This history is your history...

Mass Strike, syndicalist firebrands, running battles with police and troops, middle class citizens militias, a gunboat sent up the Mersey and two strikers shot dead...

This was Liverpool in 1911. On the brink of revolution? A mythical or pivotal moment in the rise of a radical city? What 'lessons' are to be drawn from 1911 as we face the current crisis in 2011? This is history meant for you!

Speakers include... Bob Crow (RMT), John McDonnell MP, Eric Taplin (author of 'Near to Revolution'), Richard Hyman (LSE), Sam Davies (LJMU), Charlie Kimber (SWP)... and more below.

The 1911 Liverpool General Transport Strike was the most significant episode in the stormy period of the 1910-14 Great Unrest when Edwardian Britain was shaken by mass strikes and open working class revolt. This revolt prepared the ground for mass trade unionism among workers. The history of 1911 is still relevant today as working people and their families face the greatest assault on living standards and public services since the 1930s.

The conference will provide meetings of popular history with discussion and debate on different aspects of 1911 including:

Opening plenary by Eric Taplin, author of 'Near to Revolution: The Liverpool General Transport Strike of 1911'

'Liverpool's Bloody Tuesday: 1911 and the State Response', Sam Davies (Professor of History, LJMU)

'1911 and its legacy: Foundational Myth or Authentic Tradition?' Mark O'Brien (Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Liverpool, UCU)

'Syndicalism and Trade Union Officialdom', Ralph Darlington (author 'Syndicalism and the Transition to Communism')

'Reflections on 1911: Fred Bower and teaching working class history in the New Casaversity', Ron Noon (former senior lecturer in History at LJMU)

'The Changing Working Class: 1911 and today', Julian Alford (socialist activist)

'The 1913 Dublin Lockout and Jim Larkin', Francis Devine (SIPTU college, Dublin)

'Tom Mann: a Syndicalist in Liverpool', Richard Hyman (LSE, leading authority on industrial relations)

'The Labour Identity and the Strange Death of Liberal England', John Callaghan (Professor of Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Salford)

Workshop on 'Organising the Unorganised', Liverpool Solidarity Federation and others.

Closing panel discussion, 1911 and the Labour Movement Today: Lessons for the Present Crisis? Bob Crow (general secretary RMT), John McDonnell MP, Charlie Kimber (national secretary Socialist Workers Party) (an updated flyer with full details will be available soon)

We hope you can take part in the conference and help bring the spirit of 1911 into the present!

The team, 1911 @ 68 Hope St

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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Empire and Resistance

Socialist History Society Public Meeting

Empire and Resistance

A special meeting with two leading socialist historians of imperialism, Robin Blackburn and Richard Gott, who will be speaking about their new books

Hosted in co-operation with publisher Verso and supported by the London Socialist Historians Group

7pm, 12th October 2011
Venue: Bishopsgate Institute, Liverpool Street
The event is free.

Richard Gott, former editor and journalist, is the author of numerous books mainly on Latin America, including a history of Cuba and the new Venezuela of Hugo Chavez. His latest book is "Britain's Empire:
Resistance, Repression and Revolt", which will be published in September.

Robin Blackburn, former editor of New Left Review, and author of a trilogy of books on the history of slavery in the New World, the latest of which is "The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and  Human Rights", as well as "An Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln".


Stefan Dickers (Chair, SHS)

David Morgan (Secretary, SHS)

Further information on the website: