Monday, February 9, 2015

Next RaHN Meeting: "Out and Proud in North London"

The next meeting of the Radical History Network of NE London group will focus on 
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) struggles.

Wednesday 25th February 7.30 p.m.
Wood Green Social Club
3 Stuart Crescent, N22 5NJ
 (off the High Rd, near Wood Green tube)
Free to attend, all interested people welcome.

During the last half of the twentieth century LGBT people in the UK moved from being invisible and illegal to being a campaigning force for equality to be reckoned with. The RaHN group meeting will look at the history of these struggles, including 
  • Clause 28
  •  the age of consent 
  • and the everyday battle for survival.
North London wedding, summer 2012

Come along to share your experiences, and discuss how this history connects with campaigns today.

Speakers will include:

Vince Gillespie, a former Tottenham Labour Party Councillor who was a key figure in the Haringey Positive Images campaign.  (Vince later got into trouble with Labour Party bigwigs for his support for the local anti-Poll Tax campaign).
Pam Isherwood to speak about her involvement with lesbian campaigning etc.
Plus discussion and exchange of news & views.

<< At the Haringey History Fair on Saturday 14th the RaHN stall went well... although it was a bit quieter than in previous years..

At the RaHN meeting 'Out and Proud In North London' on 25th Feb... there may be an exciting proposal that we work with the Kino Van (see below) to unearth / restore / show local films about radical campaigns and movements - trying to find footage that people may have lying around unseen in their homes etc..

If you have any such archive footage / films from previous decades, please let us know the details (e.g. date,
subject/event, who organised, how long is the footage, what format etc etc). >>

Archive Footage To Tour Boroughs In Cinema-In-A-Van

Film London is giving Londoners a chance to see archive footage of the city ­ by taking a new cinema-in-a-van around 15 London boroughs.

The KinoVan, which launched outside the British Museum today, is similar to those used by councils in the 1920s. The mobile cinema forms part of the three-year London: A Bigger Picture project, put together by London’s Screen Archives.

A Bigger Picture seeks to encourage Londoners to enjoy and engage with the city’s rich film heritage. The van will visit boroughs, screening a programme of heritage films in each one, showing how past residents of the area lived and how the city has changed over the years.

Footage featured in the project so far includes scenes from Hounslow, Hackney and Wembley during the 1953 Coronation, festive shots of a frozen Trafalgar Square, and Merton and Morden Auxiliary Fire Service taking part in drills from 1939-1941.

Londoners are encouraged to contribute their own footage. People from Haringey and Barking and Dagenham have already donated family films from the 1950s and 1960s, offering a glimpse of domestic life back then

Love Your History: The Haringey Local History Fair

Saturday 14 February 2015
11am – 4.30pm
Stalls from a range of local groups and organisations and a talks programme to include:

·  11.15am - Love stories of Bruce Castle by Deborah Hedgecock, Curator
·  11.50am - An Outrageous love of the Historicalthe Tottenham Outgrage and other stories by local novelist Matthew Baylis
·  12.15pm - For the Love of  PeaceGreen Lanes say ‘No To War’ 1914 by the Haringey World War Peace Forum
·  1pm-2pm - Lunch-break
·  2pm - Love the Lea and Greenstreets@Haringey by Victoria Paternoster of Thames 21
·  2.35pm - Alexandra Palace Theatre and why we love it by Friends of Alexandra Palace Theatre
·  3.10pm-3.30pm - Tea-break
·  3.35pm - Turner in Tottenham: a love of his paintings by Margaret Burr
Turner in Tottenham website (external link)
·  4.05pm - 'I love Haringey': a slide-show of artwork chosen by local artists

Plus: 1pm - 4.30pm. Film London and the KinoVan: home movies presented by Film London - outside the front of the museum.

The Archive Search-room will be open for advice only from 11am to 4pm
 (NB. This is not a day for research)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Things happening this month [Feb.2015], and a bit after

Things happening this month, and a bit after

Reminders, updates, new notices relating to radical history…

From LSHG:
A final reminder about the London Socialist Historians "Attlee" event on Saturday 28th February.

Registration is from 11.30am in the Wolfson Room (basement of the Institute of Historical Research and a dedicated conference space).

Speakers should be underway from a little after midday, followed by discussion until no later than 4pm.

At that point we'll adjourn for a coffee in the basement of Dillons books just up the road, which has ample space and comfortable seats

Speakers are:

Keith Flett – ‘A History of 1945: Beyond Ken Loach’
Ian Birchall – ‘Exits from Empire: British and French choices in 1945′
Francis Beckett, Biographer – ‘Clement Attlee’
John Newsinger – ‘Labour, the Welfare State and Korea’
Mike Sheridan – ‘The Labour Independent Group’
The Working Class Movement Library, Salford

14th Feb 2015      LGBT History Month talk - 'Unity is Strength – Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners and their lasting links of comradeship with mining communities’ . Speakers: Mike Jackson, co-founder with Mark Ashton of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM), and David (Dai) Donovan, South Wales NUM.

7th Mar 2015       (Eve of International Women's Day) Tansy Hoskins talks about her book Stitched Up - The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion.

11th Mar 2015     From Bilbao to Manchester: the Basque child refugees of 1937 - Charles Jepson

19th Mar 2015     Exhibition ‘probing behind the myths of war and its "glories"’: The Great War: myths and realities explores topics such as Salford's response to the outbreak of war, the strength of the anti-war movement locally and nationally, what happened to the campaign which had gathered momentum by 1914 to get the vote for women - and the realities of trench warfare. Open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5p.m.

25th Mar 2015     ''Red Nelson": the English working class and the making of C.L.R. James - Christian Hogsbjerg

8th Apr 2015        The People: the Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 - Selina Todd

22nd Apr 2015     Notoriously militant: the story of a union branch at Ford Dagenham - Sheila Cohen
What’s Happening in Black British History? II 
Thursday, 19th February,
Leggate Hall, University of Liverpool.

The workshop agenda is available to download here, as is an extended version including abstracts for each talk here.
<< Like the WHBBH1 event hosted in London in October 2014, presentations at WHBBH2 will cover a wide range of topics - from Sport to CultureWW1 soldiers to West End sound systems - so there’s sure to be something for everyone.>>
You can book online here EarlyBird tickets are priced from £5 - 

Network for Peace

There will be a meeting on 19 February in London at 1.30. Friends House in Euston.

We will have a short NfP business meeting followed by a discussion on where we are with WW1 Campaigning.

We also hope to have a guest speaker, an academic who will report on her research (just waiting for a confirmation).

No need to confirm your place, or send your apologies. But if you cannot come and have something interesting to report please send something to me in good time for me to distribute before the meeting if at all possible. 

Here’s a link to the event on the NfP website: 

London Socialist Historians Seminars Spring Term 2015
Monday February 2nd      Matthew  Burnett-Stewart,  Arming both sides. The Armaments industry in World War One.
Monday February 16th    Deborah Lavin, Charles Bradlaugh and the First International
Saturday February 28th  70 years since the 1945 Attlee Government: Francis Beckett, Ian Birchall, John Newsinger and others From 11.30am - [LSHG Conference]. 
Monday March 16th Launch of A History of Riots (CSP) Keith Flett and others

All LSHG seminars take place in Room 102 at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, WC1 and start at 5.30 p.m. with the exception of February 28th.

On Saturday 28th February at 1pm, the Wakefield Socialist History Group will be holding an event HOUSING AND THE CLASS STRUGGLE at the Red Shed, Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1.
With speakers:
*Cllr Hilary Mitchell
*Karen Fletcher (Secretary, Barnsley Against the Bedroom Tax)
*Alan Stewart (Convenor, Wakefield Socialist History Group)
*Kevin Feintuck (rank and file housing worker in Sheffield)
The chair is Kitty Rees.
Admission is free and there will be a free light buffet.

Queer Season at Sutton House

Starting in LGBT History Month, Sutton House is hosting its first Queer Season, a series of exhibitions and events celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer communities.

5th February to 29th March,
Weds to Sun 12pm to 5pm

Building on February 2014's exhibition 'Master-Mistress', the first LGBT History Month event to be held in a National Trust property we think, '126' is a crowd-sourced audiovisual experience featuring all 126 of Shakespeare's Fair Youth sonnets as read by members of the LGBTQ community. Each sonnet is self-recorded and is accompanied by video portraits of the contributors.

Admission: Adult £3.50, Child £1, Family £6.90, National Trust Members FREE. 

The Amy Grimehouse and National Trust’s Sutton House present:

The Craft Valentine's Massacre 
14 February 7pm to late

 Join The Amy Grimehouse for their special presentation of that 90s classic, The Craft. Explore Sutton House and participate in some anti-Valentine's spells, Hex-Your-Ex, the Nancy Booth, The Craft Craft Room with binding and poison pen Valentine's cards and more. All before the pre-screening show with the Bitches of Eastwick. The screening will make way for the 'Invoking the Spirit of Manon Ball' with Connie Francis on the jukebox and more til late. "Now is the time. This is the hour. Ours is the magic. Ours is the power."  

Nick Fox and National Trust’s Sutton House Present:

Bad Seed 
5th February to 29th March,
Weds to Sun 12pm to 5pm

 This will include the first comprehensive survey of work by South African-born artist Nick Fox. Arranged over seven rooms, the exhibition brings together artworks created over the last ten years, principally painting but also films, installations, cyanotype prints and intricately laboured object d’art from his celebrated Nightsong and Phantasieblume series. Fox has also chosen Sutton House to launch a new artistic project called Seedbank, which invites members of the public to select seeds linked to a veiled dictionary of floral meanings to give as long term and living tokens of love and loves loss. Bad Seed will be shown simultaneously with Fox’s International touring exhibition Nightsong, at Angus-Hughes Gallery (7th February – 7 March 2015), which is also located in Hackney.

Admission: Adult £3.50, Child £1, Family £6.90, National Trust Members FREE.


Former Police Spy, Serial Liar & Exploiter of Women

After a couple of successful pickets outside London Metropolitan University, help us to increase the pressure! Join us to demand the removal of Bob Lambert from his position as a lecturer on policing and criminology from London Met university.

When: Friday February 27th – 12.00 – 2.00pm
Where: Outside LMU Tower, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB

Bring placards, banners, sound systems, anything to make noise…

Former police spy, Special Branch manipulator, abuser of women, agent provocateur, Bob Lambert is now lecturing at London Met on policing and criminology.

This is a man who has:

• Built a police career on lying, spying on political groups and community campaigns;
• Stolen the name of a dead child to build a false identity;
• acted as an agent provocateur, actively encouraging people to commit crimes so they could be arrested;
• has been named in parliament as having planted a firebomb in a store in 1987;
• started several sexual relationships & fathered a child just to make his cover more convincing, (a child he abandoned with no contact for 24 years); while all the time having a ‘real’ family back home;
• encouraged other police spies working under his supervision to follow his dubious example – including sleeping with some of their targets;
• sent undercover police to spy on the families of racist murder victims and people who have died in custody;
• helped to arrange meetings between police spies and senior officers looking for ways to smear the family of Stephen Lawrence;
• passed on undercover reports on trade unionists campaigning for better working conditions on building sites, which was used to blacklist workers;

 …and much more…

For a brief account of Bob Lambert’s dubious record, check our website:

If we have any kind of standards at all that we expect of teachers, lecturers, people in a position on responsibility and influence, Bob Lambert fails to meet up to them.

He has a long history of lying, exploiting women and manipulating others for his own ends. Is this really someone London Met thinks is appropriate to be teaching at a supposedly ‘progressive’ university?

The exposures of the activities of undercover police spying on campaigning groups, grieving families and political activists over recent years has led to many enquiries and investigations; women exploited by these officers are also suing the Metropolitan Police as the institution ultimately responsible. But the individual police spies themselves need to also be held to account. Lambert has pathetically ‘apologised’ for some bits of his past; because he was (belatedly) caught out. He needs to properly face the consequences of his a_ctions.

This campaign is being organised by Islington Against Police Spies, a group of local residents and activists. We are committed to putting pressure on the University and raising awareness of Lambert’s past, until he is forced to leave London Met. We know this CAN be done – but it’s not necessarily going to be easy. Hopefully this campaign will get stronger until it’s irresistible. BUT WE NEED HELP – we call on anyone who thinks Bob Lambert should not be working in a supposedly progressive university to support our campaign.


Come down and join the picket on January 30th. The bigger and noisier
our protest, the more notice London Met will have to take of us.

Protest to the following in the London Met hierarchy, and demand that
they sack Bob Lambert:

 * John Raftery
, Vice-Chancellor; email:

Tel: 020 7133 2001

 * Peter McCaffery
, Deputy Vice-Chancellor; email: Tel: 020 7133 2401
 * Jonathan Woodhead, Executive Officer; email:
. Tel: 020 7133 2042

 * Paul Bowler
, Deputy Chief Executive; email:
Tel: 020 7133 2031
 * Peter Garrod
, University Secretary and Clerk to the Board; email:
. Tel: 020 7133 2004

You can also email Bob Lambert directly and let him know what you think
of his activities:
 Tel: 020 7133 4692/2911

Spread the Word - tell others about this campaign, raise the issue in
your networks, communities, union, etc - the more people know about Bob,
the more pressure we all put on the university, the more likely it is
that he will have to go.

You can download, print and spread our leaflet from the link below:

For more info on undercover police spies see:

About People’s Histreh, Nottingham: Event this Saturday, and Publications

Pamphlet launch with talks, discussions, tea and biscuits

Sat 7th February, 2015, 2-4 p.m., University of Nottingham
“103 Foresters: Mutinies and death sentences in the local regiment – 1914-18”

You can also read about this on our events page or as a pdf.
Since the start of 2014, we have been working on an extensive research project, looking into the cases of the 103 Sherwood Foresters who were sentenced to death or sentenced on mutiny charges during World War One.-

We will launch the first two issues in a series of pamphlets, the first introducing and contextualising the project, the second looking into the case of a soldier sentenced to death on the Western Front on February
5th, 1915.

Room A18/19, Department of History
Lenton Grove (
building number 5 on the University Park Campus
map/West/Beeston entrance)
University of Nottingham
University Park Campus
Beeston Lane

Free parking on the campus on weekends.
Free event (donations welcome), venue wheelchair accessible.
“Many thanks to the UoN’s Department of History for hosting the event!”

People's Histreh - Nottingham & Notts Radical History Group

Who we are…

We are a group of people with different political backgrounds, interested in what has been called ‘history from below‘, ‘grassroots history’ or ‘social history‘. As Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have such a long and turbulent history of socioeconomic transformation, disturbance and conflict, there is a lot to be unearthed. In fact, the most amazing, inspiring, shocking and outrageous stories leap out wherever the surface is scratched. [Sounds familiar...?]

…and what we do…

We have been working on a number of different projects since we first got together in late 2009. Among many other subjects, such as Chartism or the local history of slavery, we have e.g. been remembering the
successful fight against the Poll Tax (for instance by celebrating the 20th anniversary of the custard-pieing of local councillors).

Probably our main project so far has been working on the history of riotous Nottingham during the Industrial Revolution. There is for instance our popular guided walk To the Castle!, retracing the 1831 Reform Riots. The publication of the same title, along with our pamphlet “Damn his charity...“ (on the remarkable events known as Nottingham’s ‘Great Cheese Riot’), has just been reprinted in our new paperback book Nottingham Rising… .

Last summer we (that is ‘Loaf On A Stick Press’) were proud to publish Chris Richardson’s exciting book A City of Light… on the struggles of courageous women and men in 1840s Nottingham who challenged the
inhumanities of the Poor Law, contested charges of sedition, blasphemy and riot, confronted the forces of established religion, and championed new forms of democratic control.

At present we are very busy working on our new long term research project regarding those soldiers who served in the local regiment (then known as the ‘Sherwood Foresters’) and were either sentenced to death or sentenced on mutiny charges by courts martial during World War One.

For information, images, maps, audio files, documents, etc. regarding all our activities please visit our (very irregularly updated) online presence:

See also our publications:

Nottingham Rising: The Great Cheese Riot of 1766 & the 1831 Reform Riots
By Valentine Yarnspinner (Loaf On A Stick Press; 2014); ISBN
Paperback £6 (free digital version - )

A City of Light: Socialism, Chartism and Co-operation – Nottingham 1844
By Christopher Richardson (Loaf On A Stick Press; 2013); ISBN 9780956913944
Paperback £7.99 (see also

Available from Five Leaves Bookshop (, Waterstones Nottingham etc.