1. London – A City in Turmoil
An illustrated historical talk for Cityread London 2016
By Nick Dobson
Where and when?
Tuesday 12 April 2016 at 7.15pm
(Doors open at 6.45pm)
Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre
32-38 Theobalds Road
London WC1X 8PA
Phone 020 7974 6342
This is in association with an exhibition at the same venue:
Riots in Camden
A free historical exhibition for Cityread London 2016
12 April 2016 – 11 June 2016
(Opening Hours: Mon 10-6 Tues 10-6 Thurs 10-7 Fri 10-5
Alternate Saturdays 11-5)
2. Anchor & Magnet presents The Brixton Exchange on Saturday 23rd April
The Brixton Exchange 2 will be a day of workshops and exchanges, using creative approaches to discuss Brixton’s community heritage – what it is, how do we hold on to it, and what can we learn from others. The aim is to give voice to a wide spectrum of Brixton’s community both past and present.
<>This event follows on from Anchor & Magnet's first Brixton Exchange in 2013, which brought together over 100 local residents, community activists, artists, academics and others to discuss questions of urban regeneration and community ownership in Brixton and elsewhere. <>
The past 3 years have seen incredibly rapid change in Brixton and the beginning of major initiatives which will bring further changes. Community activism has also been on the rise. As a 5-year council heritage project begins, we want to ask: what (and who) is being lost, what to hold on to and how, what is the experience of other community/activist groups past and present, and how these stories should be represented and shared more widely? How does heritage become the inheritance of future generations and how can it serve present and future communities?
Taking heritage as the starting point, The day sets out to explore different kinds of memory and memorializing; sharing of stories, the meeting of ‘old’ and ‘new’ Brixton; contested notions of heritage starting from the context of central Brixton; the commodification of ideas of heritage’ as a tool to brand Brixton, while parts of the community are edged out; the politics of preservation and impermanence, objects and the idea of the community museum.
Speakers and facilitators will include artists, historians, architects, activists and academics, who will create spaces for dialogue. Workshops and exchanges include mapping contested spaces in Brixton, decolonising heritage, using objects to tell and record personal memories, a food treasure hunt & cooking, and more.
Come prepared to speak up, and contribute your voice and your hands.
Who is it for?
Local residents of Brixton past and present; community activists, local workers and business owners, archivists, those with an interest in heritage and community history, planners, architects, artists and those with personal perspectives to bring to the dialogue.
Speakers & Facilitators:
- Nick Beech, Architectural historian, Queen Mary University, on Stuart Halls thoughts on metropolitan heritage
- Michael McMillan, Artist & Curator, creator of The West Indian Front Room project
- Nabeel Hamdi, Emeritus Professor of Housing and Urban Development, Oxford Brookes University
- Barby Asante, on thinking about internal colonialism and the possibility of decolonising heritage
- Ashvin de Vos and Daniel Fitzpatrick, Variant Office architects, on mapping tales of contested spaces
- Fan Sissoko, food treasure hunt
- Katy Beinart, making traces of objects for the Brixton Museum
- Bureau of Silly Ideas
- Critical Practice
and twitter feed @anchorandmagnet for updates
Tickets: please book through eventbrite.
This is just a short piece, covering some of the research into open green space in the London area we have done over the last few years.
If anyone would like a paper copy, you can order one by sending us two first class stamps to:
past tense, c/o 56a infoshop, 56 Crampton Street, London, SE17 3AE
'Stealing the Commons' is also available in some bookshops, social centres, and other spaces in London...
- Freedom Bookshop,
- 56s Infoshop,
- the Commonhouse,
- the DIYSpace for London,
- Review Bookshop in Peckham,
- New Cross Learning, The Field (New Cross),
- Brick Lane Bookshop,
- Black Cat Cafe (Clapton),
- Hornbeam Centre (Walthamstow),
- Newham Bookshop,
- London Activist Resource Centre,
- Electric Elephant Cafe (Walworth),
- Big Green Books (Wood Green),
- and the Hub Cafe (Limehouse).
Join past tense and many other funky stalls at:
THE LONDON RADICAL BOOKFAIR
SATURDAY 7TH MAY
at Goldsmiths University, 8 Lewisham Way, London, SE14 6NW
featuring radical booksellers and publishers, comic and zine makers, artists and activists, small press, workshops and talks...
Plus ceremonies for the Bread & Roses award for radical publishing and Little Rebels Children's Book Award.
have a look at the website https://londonradicalbookfair.
Inspired by the rent strike that some Goldsmiths students have taken up, please note the addition of a mini housing conference (full line up still being finalised), and also some musical acts to the bill.
join the Facebook event:
they’re on twitter at @arbradbookfair and the main facebook page is:
Please do help spread the word… Flier here.
Reminder: SHS meeting - Ada Salter and Ethical Socialism
7 p.m, 26th April 2016
Venue: Marx Memorial Library, Clerkenwell Green (near Farringdon Underground)
"Ada Salter was a pioneer of an ethical brand of socialism well known nationally and in her local Bermondsey in the early twentieth century. For a long time Salter has been unfairly been neglected. In this talk, which will be based on his new book on Ada Salter, Graham tells the story of this remarkable woman for the first time, documenting her significance for the history of both socialism and feminism. Salter was responsible for most of the ideas behind the Bermondsey Revolution, drawing on her experiences in the women’s movement and as President of the Women’s Labour League. Her ground-breaking ideas on urban development were to spread all over London through her work as an LCC councillor, and all over Britain through her role as Chair of the National Gardens Guild. Salter’s experiences as a ‘Sister of the People’ in the London slums eventually led her to the Independent Labour Party, and to the belief that achieving social justice required a grassroots alliance between the labour and women’s movements. Ada succeeded in winning huge majorities for her ideas."
ATTENDANCE IS FREE – ALL WELCOME
"A magnificent obsession? A historian's search for a man (and his horse) in the archive."
on Oxford Street.