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Richard Hart memorial meeting

Memorial Meeting for Richard Hart

A celebration of the life and times of Richard “Dick” Hart and the significant contribution he made as a scholar, historian, writer, editor and trade unionist in the development of a post colonial identity for the people the English speaking Caribbean

On 12th April 2014 From 12.30 to 4.30 p.m.
At the Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL
Admission is free but, as space is limited, so please register in advance by emailing

Professor Gad Heuman & Professor Richard Drayton
Linton Kwezi Johnson, Jean Binta Breeze, Keith Waithe and others
Juliet Alexander
Tributes from:
The People’s Progressive Party, People’s National Party,
the Socialist History Society and others


Taking Sides: Artists and Writers on the Spanish Civil War

Saturday 1 March 2014 

International Brigade Memorial Trust: 2014 Len Crome Memorial Lecture 

Taking Sides: Artists and Writers on the Spanish Civil War

Speakers: Carl-Henrik BjerstromCarmen HerreroPaul Preston andJane Rogoyska

Chaired by Mary Vincent 

Time: 11am-5pm

Place: Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3BB

More information and bookings: 


Booklaunch for latest SHS Occasional Publication

Book launch for the latest Socialist History Society Occasional Publication
Mariner, Renegade and Castaway: Chris Braithwaite
On Tuesday 18 February, 6.30pm
Bookmarks Bookshop, 1, Bloomsbury Street
With author Christian Hogsbjerg
Chris Braithwaite (aka “Chris Jones”) was a black Barbadian seaman who became a leading organiser of colonial seamen in inter-war Britain.
He played a critical role in the Pan-Africanist and wider anti-colonial movement alongside figures such as C L R James and George Padmore.
Christian Hogsbjerg, author of Mariner, Renegade and Castaway: Chris Braithwaite, the latest SHS Occasional Publication, recovers this long overlooked life of a black radical and political trade unionist, and suggests his determined struggle for working class unity in the face of racism and austerity retains relevance for us today.
Admission £2, refundable on any purchase. Call 020 7637 1848 to reserve your place.
For past SHS Occasional Publications see here:

Richard Hart

Sad news via the email list of Society of Caribbean Studies:

This is to notify list members of the sad news that Richard Hart,
political activist and Jamaican historian, died earlier today.

He was 96, an honorary life member of SCS and also author of the
Society’s constitution.

There is no information as yet about a memorial service.

Seasonal good wishes,
Gad Heuman


London Socialist Historians Group Newsletter # 50 online

Featuring Keith Flett on the 1913 Dublin Lock Out and Neil Faulkner’s A Marxist History of the World, Ian Birchall on the importance of socialist history and James Heartfield’s Unpatriotic History of World War II, Steve Cushion on the continuing debate around how socialists should characterise and remember that war, an obituary of Terry Burton and a reminder of forthcoming seminars.
See here:


CfP: 1914-1919: Imperial War to Class War

Call for Papers: 1914-1919: Imperial War to Class War


 Conference on World War One organised by the London Socialist Historians Group


Institute of Historical Research, WC1, 25th January 2014




The labour movement internationally supported the First World War but a minority across a range of viewpoints from Keir Hardie to Lenin refused to go along with their Government’s warmongering.



The war was to lead to death on an industrial scale and eventually revolution in Russia and Germany.



The Coalition Government plans to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the war but not celebrate it as a victory. Many on the right however are demanding that it should be celebrated as such. 
This conference will seek to take an alternative look at a range of aspects of WW1 from those who opposed it, to the workers movements which developed during it and after it and the harsh and deathly realities of the ‘war to end all wars’.

Papers presenting new research in these areas and perhaps particularly the impact of women and ethnic minorities in the war, which have been and are likely to remain under represented in historical studies, are particularly welcome.
Proposals for papers are invited- 500 words maximum- by the end of September 2013
Send to Keith Flett:

Conference on the Dublin Lock-Out of 1913

The Dublin Lock-Out from August 1913 to January 1914 is one of the most momentous events in Irish and British Labour History.

The 100th anniversary is being widely marked in Ireland and with some events in the UK – see here

The London Socialist Historians Group is holding an afternoon event at the centre of UK research history, the Institute of Historical Research in London, to both recall the Lock-Out one hundred years on and to review the current state of historical research on it – for more details see here

The event is on Saturday March 2nd 2013 from Midday at the Institute of Historical Research in central London

Areas covered may include the role of James Larkin and James Connolly in the Lock-Out; the importance and impact of the ideas of revolutionary syndicalism; The formation of the Irish TGWU and the Irish Labour Party; Links between socialists in Ireland and the UK and the role of the British TUC; The successful organisation of impoverished and unskilled Dublin workers in trade unions; The short and longer term impacts of the end of the Lock-Out.


Stop the further destruction of archival material at Ruskin College, Oxford

What ever would Raphael Samuel – or Eric Hobsbawm for that matter – have made of this?

Edited to add:Update on the scandal by Hilda Kean, 15 October 2012


Popular Protest and Its Relevance for Today’s Struggles

The Socialist History Society presents
A series of talks followed by Q and A
Popular Protest and its Relevance for Today’s Struggles

Tuesday 13th March 2012 at 7pm
From Radicalism into Socialism
Working Class Politics in London 1860-1900
Speaker Duncan Bowie (Chartist Magazine)

Thursday 5th April 2012 at 7pm
The Squatters Movement 1946
Speaker Paul Burnham

Thursday 19th April 2012 at 7pm
The Real History of Chartism
Speaker David Goodway

Thursday 17th May 2012 at 7pm
Captain Swing
Speaker Carl Griffin

All meetings held at Bishopsgate Institute
at 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH,
nearest tube: Liverpool St. Free entry but an
Exit Collection.


Reminder: Empire and Resistance

Wednesday 12 October 2011
Public Meeting: Socialist History Society in co-operation with publisher Verso and supported by the London Socialist Historians Group present…

Empire and Resistance, with two leading socialist historians of imperialism, Robin Blackburn and Richard Gott, who will be speaking about their new books The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights and Britain’s Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt respectively.
Time: 7.00 pm. Venue: Library, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2 (opposite Liverpool Street Station). All welcome. Retiring collection.

March 2023