Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Things happening in London

Newly notified (thanks to Past Tense)

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)

Admission Free
Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre
    Holborn Library
    32-38 Theobalds Road
    London WC1X 8PA

Website     www.camden.gov.uk/localstudies
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)
Admission Free

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
More TBC - check our website <http://www.anchorandmagnet.org/>
and twitter feed @anchorandmagnet for updates

Tickets: please book through eventbrite.

past tense have recently published a freesheet, Stealing the Commons, A Brief Introduction to the politics of Open space, enclosure and Resistance in London.

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... 
So far it's in - 
  • 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). 
The text of the freesheet is also up on p.t.'s website.
Join past tense and many other funky stalls at:


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.wordpress.com for an overview of what’s going on…
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:
https://www.facebook.com/events/891054811007074/ and crucially invite all your friends to it
they’re on twitter at @arbradbookfair and the main facebook page is:

Please do help spread the word…  Flier here.



LSHG forum: 100 Years since the 1916 Easter Rising

100 years since the 1916 Easter Rising

Saturday 30th April, Institute of Historical Research, 
Senate House, University of London, Malet St, London WC1

Admission free, donations towards costs welcome

1916 Agenda

Midday: registration

12.30 p.m. Start & introduction, Keith Flett


Chris Bambery: Was the Easter Rising doomed from the start?

Catherine Bergin: ‘The Irish fight for liberty is the greatest Epic of Modern History’ : The Irish revolution and African American radicals.'

James Heartfield: '1916: The Rising and the British Empire'

John Newsinger: 'Sylvia Pankhurst, the Easter Rising and the Women’s Dreadnought'


Close: 4pm

Organised by the London Socialist Historians
Reminder: SHS meeting - Ada Salter and Ethical Socialism
Socialist History Society Public Meeting
Speaker: Graham Taylor
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."

Some new bits on the Radical History of Hackney site:

1. A people's account of the Hackney anti-poll tax demonstration on March 8th 1990 (republication of a booklet by Hackney Community Defence Association - includes eye witness accounts, chronology etc)

2. ITN: raw footage of Hackney poll tax protest (half an hour of before, during and after)

3. November 1990: Hackney leads poll tax non-payment league (excerpt from a piece in the Guardian about non-payment)

Also recommended: the ITNsource site - lots of footage filmed for TV news reports which is tagged and searchable by decade. A bit rough but still well worth a look: http://www.itnsource.com/en/

A Magnificent Obsession?': UCL Public Lecture by Dr. Hilda Kean, 11 May
The Department of Information Studies and The Institute of Advanced Studies Presents:

"A magnificent obsession? A historian's search for a man (and his horse) in the archive."
A public lecture by Dr Hilda Kean
on Wednesday 11th May 2016,
Common Ground, South Wing Wilkins Building, UCL, 

"Imagine: a series of apparently unread London diaries from the 1940s "found" in a local archive without accession records; an almost anonymous author; war, gossip, back biting, and accounts of riding horses - Mariana and Trump - daily in Hyde Park. Why wouldn't any cultural historian be engaged?" 
In this public lecture Hilda Kean explores what her diary research was about: the diaries? the horses?
the historian and a particular "moment" of reading?

(Dr Hilda Kean is an Honorary Senior Research Associate in the Information Studies department at UCL and Visiting Professor in History at the University of Greenwich.)

Talk starts promptly at 6.00 p.m. No booking required.

Medact London Launch and film

Launch event of a new Medact local group in London, 
on May 5 at the Lush shop
on Oxford Stree

They will be showing 'The Divide', a documentary based on the book 'The Spirit Level' by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson. The documentary aims to explore the growing gap between the rich and poor in the UK and the US. Katherine Round, the director, will be attending for a Q&A session.
http://thedividedocumentary.com/about  Trailer: http://thedividedocumentary.com/trailer?r

Tickets cost £4.50, and can be purchased here.
Medact is a charity for health professionals and others working to improve health worldwide.
It conducts research and analysis.
It campaigns and lobbies.
It educates and informs.
It is independent of powerful interest groups. It sees health through the lens of social justice.

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