Forthcoming Talks & Walks

Saturday 22 July 2pm  Walk. Meet at John Burns' Grave in Battersea Cemetery

Following a fantastic local result in the general election with both Marsha De Cordova and Rosena Allin-Khan

 elected as Labour MPs in Battersea and Tooting respectively, 

BWTUC are hosting this John Burns History Walk led by me 

followed by a Summer BBQ Celebration at the Bread and Roses Pub. 

The grave is on the cross over between the paths from the two entrances.  

At 4.30pm. BBQ at Bread and Roses Pub at Claphma Manor St & at 5pm a speech from 

Battersea Labour MP Marsha de Cordova and live performance from Cllr Andy Gibbons.

Saturday 2 September. 10.30am-4.30pm. Lambeth Local History Fair

St Leonard’s Church, Streatham High Road, SW16 1HS

I will be running bookstall mainly of second hand history books plus my publications.

Saturday 9 September. 2pm. Wandsworth Town/Wandle Walk

Details to be finalised

Thursday 26 October. 7.30pm. Is Sutton part of Black History?

Talk for Friends of Honeybrook Museum

Honeywood Walk,  Carshalton, SM5 3NX

£4.50. To book ring the Friends on 020 8642 4778

Previous Talks & Walks 2017

17 July 2017. Edwardian Roller Skating

Year 6 pupils at Norbury Manor Primary School

29 June 2017. 7pm. Keen as mustard: An introduction to South Croydon’s heritage

Talk for South Croydon Community Association

St Peter’s Church House, Heathfield Road CR0 1EZ

Part of Croydon Heritage Festival

28 June 2017. The Edwardian Roller Skating Boom

for Church Women's Fellowship

19 June 2017. 11am. The East India Company and Croydon

Talk at Ashburton Library, Shirley Road, CR9 7AL

Free, but book in advance at  020 3700 1001

Saturday 3 June 2017. Wandsworth Town/Wandle Mouth Walk

Part of Wandsworth Heritage Festival

1 June 2017. Wandsworth 18thC Powerhouse

Talk as part of Wandsworth Heritage Festival

Wandsworth Town Centre Library, Garratt Lane, SW18 - CANCELLED

27 May 2017. Battersea Walk

As part of Wandsworth Heritage Festival

6 May. Battersea Rise Cemetery History Walk

for St. John's Community Centre (Peabody Estate Clapham Junction)

27 April. Introduction to Battersea History

for St. John's Community Centre (Peabody Estate Clapham Junction)

4-6 January 2017. British Society for 18thC Studies Annual Conference, Oxford

Talk: Wandsworth: 18thC Powerhouse

Chaired panel on  the Black Atlantic  

Organised and chaired roundtable discussion on Black Georgians 

Clapham’s Radical and Mutual Past

On Tuesday 20 September 2016 I gave a talk about Clapham’s involvements in radical, labour and 

socialist politics as well as mutual organisation in friendly societies and trade unions 

in the 19th and early 20th centuries as part of Lambeth Heritage Festival.

I have posted up three blog items of the material I used at

Second-hand book items - see via link on left.

New HS&AP publications: 

For the time being I am having short runs of pamphlets mainly written by me produced 
rather than the glossy covered booklets so far as detailed on the left hand menu.
Titles are (in descending order of publication):

Labour Politics in Croydon 1880-1914

Michael Tichelar

Croydon Radical History Monograph No. 1 

£2 plus £1 postage 

Radical Croydon 1860s-1939

An introduction to the history of Croydon's labour, radical and socialist movements

Croydon Radical History Monograph No. 2 

£2 plus postage

Croydon's African and Asian History. An Introduction

Croydon Radical History Monograph No. 3 

£2 plus postage
The Falcon Road Area - An Introductory History 
(Falcon Rd is in Battersea)

Produced for the area Festival 2016

50p + £70 postage
Railwaymen and Brunswick House

A preliminary introduction based on a talk at LASSCO, September 2013

£1 plus 70p postage


 A Historical Review of Co-operative and Mutual Social Action

 £2 + £1 postage (reprint)

To order please email:

I hope you find something of interest on the site. 

I am available as a speaker or to lead history walks

Sean Creighton
Updated 2 November 2015

News and events  blog site:  

Discussion, history notes etc blog site:

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Price £4 + £1 postage

£2. plus 60p postage

Coleridge-Taylor. A Centenary Celebration.

Jeffrey Green. £4 each. SOLD OUT OCTOBER 2015

Esther Bruce. A Black London Seamstress. Her Story 1912–1994.

Stephen Bourne. £4 + £1 post. 

Bill Miller. Black Labour Party Activist in Plymouth.

Jonathan Wood. £3 + £1 post

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If multiple orders mean an overpayment of postage then there will be a refund.
 H&SAP Diary and News

Up until early June 2014 I produced a regular diary of events and news that relate to my interests which is emailed to individuals and networks around the country. Sample copies are on request. In addition to a Diary of events of interest in London and elsewhere in the country, the main contents are on issues in  Croydon,  and general social action and  history news and relevant news of Lambeth and Wandsworth. This diary has been replaced by the History & Social Action News and Events website: 

My Blog 

Up until early June this blog site contained comment on social action, political and historical political issues and news and events. From June 2014 this site will only have posts of my comments on issues. The other site  contains news and events.  

Battersea Community Audit

Croydon Citizen Postings

I comment on cultural, heritage and political issues in Croydon Citizen

To find my articles click on the most recent posting, and  put 'Creighton' into the search box. 

Croydon Radical History Network

I co-ordinate the Network. 
First Newsletter January 2014: Why a Radical History Network for Croydon?; Croydon Citizen Postings; Croydon’s Labour Movement 1860s -1930s; Some Croydon People; Riot Damages 1887;   An Introduction to Ruskin House; William Pare – Advocate of Co-operation; Croydon International Language Club

In June 2014 it organised a talk 'Local investment: Are private developers the only option?'  by Andrew Fisher, author of the book The Failed Experiment – and how to build an economy that works

The Network organised the following events in the Croydon  Heritage Festival 21 June - 4 July:
Honouring Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and other black people through plaques talk: (with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network & Nubian Jak Community Trust)
Alfred Russel Wallace as Social Reformer talk (with South Croydon Community Association) 
200 years a slave – Croydon and slavery talk (with Legacies of British Slave-ownership Project) 
Look How Far We’ve Come (about racism) film (with Kwaku of British Black Music) 
Freedom Riders (us Civil Rights) film (with Kush Films) 

Second-hand books , pamphlets and journals for sale

See Books for sale in left hand column

HSAP Pamphlets
See details by clicking on titles on left hand column.
Sean Creighton. John Archer. Battersea's Black Progressive & Labour Activist. £4 + £1 p&p
Sean Creighton. Politics and Culture. Paul Robeson in the UK in the UK. £2 +60p postage
Stephen Bourne & Esther Bruce. Esther Bruce. A Black London Seamstress. Her Story 1912-1994. £4 + 60p p&p
Penelope Corfield. Vauxhall. Sex and Entertainment. London's Pioneering Urban Pleasure Garden.  (revised edition with new chapter).  £5 + £1 p&p
Jeffrey Green. Coleridge-Taylor. A Centenary Celebration. £4 plus 60p p&p
Jon Newman. Battersea's Global Reach. The History of Price's Candles. £5 plus £1 p&p
Simon Potter. Carry On College. Sold out.
Jason Young. Mother Seacole. Short Story. £2 plus 60p p&p
Peter Kuenstler. Learning About Community (Oxford House Bethnal Green). £5 plus £1 p&p

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Croydon TUC and Assembly
I convened the TUC's working party on Croydon Council's Growth Plan in 2014, and on the planning group of Croydon Assembly which the TUC initiated, and convene its Economic development and housing working group. I am also a member of its Environment working group.
Heritage Wandsworth Partnership
It organises the Wandsworth Heritage Festival. I was a member of it and its representative on the Wandsworth Green Plaques Panel until October 2014, when I came off as part of re-organising my involvements.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network
I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge Taylor Network. Full details including the newsletters can be seen on

As part of Norbury History Event in the Croydon Heritage Festival (see above) I gave a talk about  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. 

North East Slavery & Abolition Group

I am the Group's Co-ordinator. It was set up to continue the work of the Tyne & Wear 2007 Tyne & Wear Remembering Slavery Project for which I was Archive Mapping & Research Officer. The Group's newsletters can be seen on: 

North East Popular Politics and People's History Projects

I was the Project's Archive Mapping & Research Co-ordinator (paid project worker to end March 2013 with  HLF funding) and unpaid from March 2013 until 2014 when a new non-funded North East Peoples History Project started. Details about NEPPP can be seen on: Its Project database is at I now advise the follow-up project North East People's History Project.


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