April events of interest

Organised by Hackney Museum:

A Walking Tour of Clapton & Homerton during the First World War
Sunday 3 April, 2pm-3.30pm
Meeting point provided after booking

This walk explores the fascinating legacy of the war in Hackney including interned enemy aliens; conscientious objectors; diverse communities; rioters; rogues, victims and heroes.
Walk guided by Julian Putkowski, a local military historian and broadcaster.

Free but you need to book.

Hackney’s Conscientious Objectors: A Talk
Thursday 14 April, 6.30pm
Hackney Archives

This illustrated talk by Ben Copsey of the Peace Pledge Union uncovers a few of the stories of Hackney’s 350 conscientious objectors during the First World War. To accompany the exhibition at Hackney Archives.

Free but you need to book.

Speak to the World
Wednesday 6 April, 10.30am-12.30am and 2pm-4pm
Hackney Museum 
Be inspired by posters from the First World War and make your own poster with bright and bold messages to take home and send out to the people of Hackney and beyond. Led by artist Lucy Harrison.

Free drop-in family workshop.

Organised by Abney Park:

The Georgian Activist Legacy
16 April, 1pm & 2.30pm
Free, booking recommended

Abney Park presents an afternoon of events celebrating the lives and legacies of our Georgian activists!

Georgian activist cemetery tour, 1pm
“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”
Abney Park cemetery provides an important connection to the events of the 18th and 19th centuries and the people who fought against the Transatlantic Slave Trade and social injustices. Join historian Onyeka as we take a tour of the cemetery to hear about influential activists and abolitionists whose final resting place is Abney Park. Learn about the lives of people such as Rev. Aaron Buzacott (secretary to the anti-slavery movement in the Ottoman Empire), Christopher Newman Hall (supporter of the abolitionist movement during the American Civil War) and Joanna Vassa (daughter of Olaudah Equiano). This is a free tour but spaces are limited so please book in advance: http://bit.ly/1RuPiM0

Talk: The Life of Joanna Vassa, 2.30pm
Join Angelina Osbourne (author of Equiano’s Daughter: the Life and Times of Joanna Vassa) for an imagining of Vassa’s life, exploring all the important events she would have lived through and the kind of life she would have led.

Joanna Vassa, daughter of Olaudah Equiano, died in 1857 and is buried in Abney Park. During the afternoon you’ll have the chance to learn more about the Trust’s plans for vital conservation work on her memorial.


Radical History Network – aiming for another event in May, more news on their blog soon (and here).

Antiuniversity Now 2016. 9-12 June. Various events various locations tbc but presumably including Hackney. Maybe organise your own?