Wanted / Contact

This site is mainly the work of one person. I’m aware that it could be biased towards my interests and experiences. To avoid that, I’m keen to hear from other people.

If you have been involved with radical projects in Hackney and would like to talk or write about them (or have documentation of them) then do get in touch!

I am also very open to suggestions, comments, ideas for contributions, criticisms etc.

(For the sake of convenience this site generally covers things which happened before the year 2000.)

I’m looking for copies or scans of the following for inclusion here:

Black Unity and Freedom Party – Who Killed Aseta Simms pamphlet

Hackney Council for Racial Equality – Policing in Hackney: A Record of HCRE’s Experience 1978-82

Hackney Heckler issues 2, 4 and 10.

Hackney Against The Cuts issue 1, 1991.

HCDA – A People’s Account of the Hackney Anti-Poll Tax Demonstration on March 8th 1990, 1990

HCDA – A Crime Is A Crime Is A Crime, 1991. (Report into police crime in Hackney 1989-1991. Presented to the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice in November 1991)

HCDA – Squats ‘n’ Cops, 1993

HCDA – On The Border of A Police State

HCDA – Community Defence bulletin, various issues

Hackney NUT / Hackney Teachers’ Association – Police Out of School, 1986

Copies of Hackney Gutter Press and Hackney People’s Press.

Similar material that I’m not aware of, from the eighties or earlier.

Also general information on:

Kwame Nkrumah school (set up by Hackney black teachers in the 1980s, also connected to Centerprise)

Hackney Black People’s Defence Organisation

leave a comment or drop me an email at hackneyinnit at hotmail.co.uk if you can help.

Please note that this is a radical history site, we are unfortunately not able to help people who have experienced problems with the police. Newham Monitoring Project may be able to help if you have been a victim of racist policing in East London.

25 thoughts on “Wanted / Contact

  1. I recall seeing at least one issue of Hackney People’s Press in the LSE University library archive a few years ago. The archive can provide you with photocopies of any of their materials quite cheaply.

  2. Hi was wondering if you could help its a long shot my dad was brought over during the war as an evacuee he lived at de beaviour road with his mum and dad now him and his mum left London circa 1939ish now his dad stayed and he used to sing in the pubs and clubs of hackney one pub I know he sang in was the de beaviour arms on de beaviour road how could I find out more on the history and employees of the pub and anymore information about my pap thank you any help would be great Phil

  3. I came up from Brighton to work on a calendar in the late 70s [I think I did March] and I came across a children’s alphabet book printed at Lenthall road. Has anyone seen a copy. [its called ‘a is for ‘hackney]

  4. sorry this reads like a circular (cos it is!) but i thought you may have some stuff relevant to the exhibition? let me know if so. ive got the hcda stuff you want – feel free to hassle me for it at the email below

    Blue House at Sutton House – can you help?.

    The National Trust is planning an exhibition at Sutton House (squatted as the Blue House in 1985-6) in November-December 2015 called ‘The Human Quest for Home’. Part of the exhibition will be about the Blue House.

    If you lived there, visited, played etc and have any photos or flyers or other relevant bits and pieces, or if you would be willing to be interviewed for the exhibition about the House and squatting in Hackney at the time, please contact me: charles_loft@hotmail.com or post here.

    Photos etc can be scanned and returned, interviews will be audio only and can be anonymous if you want. The exhibition will include restoring one room as a squatted bedroom, so anything relevant to that you can lend would be great.

    This is a chance to present a positive story about squatting (which led to the house being restored by the NT and opened to the public) to schoolkids and others for whom this is all ancient history, so if you have anything to offer please get in touch. Cheers, Chas from flowers in the dustbin (ps we’re playing there on 14 November as part of the exhibition – see our page for details)

  5. Hi there, I am Ashton Gibson son – Alex, I’ll be quite happy to meet up some time to discuss Caribbean House and anything to do with Dr Ashton Gibson

  6. Dear all,

    On behalf of the Revolutionary History journal I am looking for any reminiscences of two very long serving Trotskyists who were associated with Hackney.

    1. Walter Nardell, party name Walter Graham, Expelled from Hackney Communist Party for Trotskyism in 1934. died March 2004, probably still in Hackney.

    2. Eileen Gersh nee Sutton, also one of the very first Trotskyists in Britain, from 1933 on. Went to USA 1938, where she was active in the (US) SWP and later the Fourth Internationalist Tendency. Returned to UK early 80s and lived in Hackney until her death 1998. Active in Socialist Outlook, thereafter Socialist Action.

  7. Hi there;

    I am part of a research project undertaken by the EastEnd Womens
    Museum. I’m trying to gather information for an exhibition about
    Hackney Women’s Aid Hostel that was opened in 1973 and it was part of
    the National Women’s Aid Federation alongside Chiswick Refuge Centre.

    Is there any chance that you might have some information on your
    records about the Hackney Women’s Aid Hostel? Many thanks.

    I am looking forward to hear from you.

    With best wishes;
    Noelia

  8. Hi there;
    Thank you so much, ackneyinnit! I appreciate you taking the time to scan and send the article. Definitively I will do that!

    With best wishes
    Noelia

  9. This is a great website. I was looking for the estate where they filmed the movie “For Queen and Country” and I discovered this. Keep it up! I’m an Aboriginal Australian and think its great! Barry.

  10. Hello John – spent ages going through your blog. What a veritable treasure trove of local history! Every borough should at least one such blog that documents radical/left local history.
    Not sure the African History Month UK Network Conference at Unite The Union in Holborn on Nov 18 is radical. However, if you’re up for joining us, just let me know by contacting me via the contact the organiser link at http://www.bitly.com/AHMUKNConf

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