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How did Somers Town come to be? A lecture by Professor Linda Clarke (June 2017) at the British Library

We welcomed Professor Linda Clarke to the British Library on 20 June 2017 for a lecture on the research that culminated in her book, Building Capitalism: Historical Change and the Labour Process in the Production of the Built Environment (1991). The book is a socio-economic study of the built environment focusing on the development of Somers Town […]

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Quiz night soon!

It’s coming soon….Pit your wits against our finest quiz master…with Somers Town questions from all our events this year at our Christmas knees up on Wednesday the 7th December 2016. NEWS: We have produced a set of commemorative postcards about each of the events this year – you can get your hands on the pack […]

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A funereal Halloween

Funeral in 1930.

The real meaning and origin of Halloween, ‘Hallow tide’, its pagan origins, links in Day of the dead, funerals and the movement of graves was covered in November’s event. With a quiz, an enlightening talk by warden Racheal from Old St Pancras Church, and a history from Andrew from Levertons, the longstanding family of local undertakers to Princess […]

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Squatting event a success

Squat poster.

This week’s talk on housing and squatting in Somers Town was thought-provoking – thanks to Esther Leslie’s meticulous research we had rare archival material, Pathe films of post-war squatting, all of which gave context to what happened here. There were first-hand accounts by those who squatted here – in fact, two ex-squatters were reunited after 30 years. […]

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Rare accounts of rent strike

Our event on the rent strike brought stories from those who experienced it first hand – always fascinating but, in this case, spell-binding as we heard about barricades, battles and bottles being thrown, and police with batons attacking protestors. A film was shown for the first time with recordings of the protestors, including Cllr Roger Robinson, […]

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