Tuesday, April 15, 2014

FREESCHOOL: Remembering the Real WW1 (London)

On 18th May, 11.30 a.m.  – 5.00 p.m.

Venue: no 88 Fleet Street, London, EC4 1DH.
Nearest tube: Blackfriars

The plan is to have short introductory talks followed by open discussions.

As it stands there are proposed sessions on:

• World War 1, its relevance today; why Capitalism Needs War

• Mutinies, women’s protests and revolutions

• Countering Cameron’s Commemorations

• War Today: Ukraine, Putin and more…

But other suggestions are welcome: we are not ‘experts’, we have some historical knowledge, but are always ready to learn. We see this freeschool as an opportunity for us all to learn from each other, and maybe come up with ideas to counter the government’s plans for glorification of the First World War.

All welcome, this event is free, but donations would be gratefully received on the day.
Disabled access is unfortunately poor…

This event is organised by Remembering the Real WW1 (London). We are a small group of activists, historians and rebels, part of a growing network of groups and individuals working to highlight the histories of the Great War that official ‘commemorations’ will sweep under the carpet.

For more information email us on: therealww1@riseup.net

Or check our blog: therealww1.wordpress.com

Saturday, April 12, 2014

London At War: events series in May

"With walks, workshops, lectures and talks, this special events series explores some of the unexpected dimensions of the city during the two world wars. The series takes place across May and is open to all. It is convened by the Raphael Samuel History Centre and some of the museums, archives and galleries which make up its History and Heritage Adult Learning Network (HHALL)." 

“Our events are generally free and open to all (though some may require pre-booking); we welcome anyone with an interest in history.”

Including (relating to WW1):

·         7 May         National Maritime Museum: Drawing the War, Tour of Queen’s House war art display:

·         8 May         Keynote Lecture: Jerry White, ‘London in the Great War. Celebrating the publication of Professor White’s Zeppelin Nights: David Sizer Room, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS.

·         12 May       King and Country (1964), film screening, Birkbeck College

·         13 May       Sex in the Wartime City 1914-1918, guided tour: an evening of walks and talks, exploring shadowy, forgotten worlds...

·         19 May       'After the Battle': Soldiers' Homecomings in Poetry and Prose. Birkbeck

·         22 May       The politics of the Imperial War Graves Commission 1917-1939, Michèle Barrett

·         15 May       Taking London’s wartime pulse.’ Londoners’ health archive talk.

·         20 May       Shell-shock, celluloid and WW1: The discomforts of being a spectator. Waterstones, Gower Street, London WC1E 6EQ

·         20 May       Archives and war workshop at  Bishopsgate Institute

·         23 May       The war-torn City 1914-1918. London Metropolitan Archives, talk and tour

Thursday, April 10, 2014

No Faith in Trident national tour in London

Veteran peace activist Bruce Kent
No Faith in Trident national tour in London 
Bruce will be leading the public debate with faith communities across Britain about the future of Trident - Britain’s nuclear weapons system. 

Derby cathedral Catford, 11th April: 7:30pm, Lewisham Town Hall, Catford Rd, London SE6 4RU; with Bruce Kent & Dr Rebecca Johnson 

Global Day of action on Military Spending, 14th April: 11:00am, outside DFID, 22 Whitehall, London SW1A 2EG; with Bruce Kent, Kate Hudson, John Hilary (War on Want) & Medact, & Scientists for Global Responsibility  

Tower Hamlets, London Muslim Centre, 15th April: 6:30pm, London Muslim Centre, 46 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1JX; with Bruce Kent, Kate Hudson, Shaykh Abdul Qayum, & Anas Altikriti 

Wandsworth, Westminster Interfaith Group, 26th April: 2:00pm, Wandsworth Quaker Meeting House, 59 Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 2PT; with Bruce Kent & members of the Friends, Buddhist & Muslim communities 

Haringey, 30th April: 7:30pm, St John Vianney, West Green Road, London N15 3QH; Bruce Kent & members of St John Vianney parish and the wider community 

See the full list of tour dates on the CND website to find out where he'll be next.

9th annual Dublin Anarchist Bookfair

The Dublin anarchist Bookfair returns to Liberty Hall on Saturday 12th April

(events also on Friday night & Sunday afternoon)

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission free; donations towards cost gratefully received.

To include:

  • discussions
  • speakers from movements engaged in struggle, in Ireland and elsewhere
  • books, stalls and much more


Friday night film screening before the main event in Liberty Hall on Saturday;

an afters party / fundraiser is to be held in The Flowing Tide on Saturday night;

and then a Cycling tour around Dublin on Sunday afternoon (see below).

More details of the programme at www.wsm.ie/bookfair


Sunday 13th 2pm – 

Cycling Tour: Dublin Housing Action, Past & Present – starts at Mountjoy Square Park.
Visiting some of the many sites of housing actions, from the activities of the Dublin Housing Action Committee in the 1960s & the Dublin Squatters’ Association of the 1970s, through the traveller community's protests in the 1990's, right up until the 2000's anti-Globalisation protests, finishing with the current occupations by squatters in the city with many other interesting stories of social struggle in between.



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

For King and Country, Question-mark

The Jewish East End at War

Walking tour: Poetry and Parades

Sunday 6th April, 11 a.m.

Cost: £13.50

 “Highlights the association of the Jewish East End with the Great War”. Includes

·         poet Isaac Rosenberg

·         the stories behind those who refused to fight.

Part of a programme of events entitled For King and Country? The Jewish Experience of the First World War, which will be running from this weekend through to August. See

www.jewishmuseum.org.uk for tickets and further details. (Or leaflets in public libraries.)