forthcoming events and updates

1. “Sites of Resistance: Radical Bookselling” – 9th February

Applied History Network:
Sites of Resistance: Radical Bookselling
A discussion event
Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU
Tuesday 9th February 2016, 6.30-8pm

We are pleased to announce that our next event ‘Sites of Resistance: Radical Bookselling‘ will be held at the Marx Memorial Library, London EC1R 0DR on Tuesday 9th February at 6.30pm until 8pm. Please go to our Eventbrite page to register. The event is free of charge but registration is required.

We will be looking at the importance of radical bookshops as “sites of resistance.” The 1970s saw a peak in the numbers of bookshops dedicated to providing access to alternative publications covering the growing anti-racist, LGBT+ and feminist movements, amongst others. Many of these bookshops also acted as meeting places and support centres for new and established groups, and offered a template for encouraging further grassroots and community activism and campaigning. More recently, the numbers of these vital “sites of resistance” have closed due to increasing rents, funding cuts, the growth of online bookstores and competition from larger bookshops.

Although bookshops have been a core element of campaigns, as a subject this seems to have been neglected by researchers and historians of social history. Key questions that we will cover are: has the internet already filled the space left by these important centres? What is the future of activism and campaigning? And the future of radical bookshops?


Sarah Garrod: Archivist, George Padmore Institute

Nik Gorecki: Co-ordinator, Alliance of Radical Booksellers and co-manager of Housmans

Ken Worpole: Author

Rosa Vilbr: Oral Historian and founder of On the Record

Register here

2. “A Revolutionary school girl in the 1960s” – 9th March 2016

Radical History Network of North-East London:
A Revolutionary school girl in the 1960s

Speaker: Di Parkin
Wood Green Social Club, 3 Stuart Crescent, London N22 5NJ
Wednesday 9th March 2016, 7.30 pm

One day after international women’s day, Di Parkin will give a talk that is based on the earlier ‘Running Down Whitehall with a Black Flag’.

Using reminiscence and some archives, it gives a snapshot of left action between 1962 and 1965, including Aldermaston Marches, opposition to Franco, protests against the visit of Greek royals in 1963, and other activism.

Plus discussion

The talk provides an opportunity to share experiences, as well as to hear about and discuss some of the events and movements that challenged ‘the old order’.

•How does this history connect with campaigns today?
•What are the main differences and similarities? What was better; what was worse?
•Things we can learn from? How much do different generations learn from each other?

Free to attend, all welcome.

3. “Out and Proud in North London” – notes from a previous RaHN meeting

A lot of people expressed an interest in this meeting but only a few of them made it along on the night. It was great! The notes have now been published in two parts:

a. Chris’s story

b. Sylvia’s story

4. Past Tense

Our radical history comrades at Past Tense are planning a discussion/social to work through the future of the project:



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