On 13th August 1977, an attempt by the National Front to march from New Cross to Lewisham was halted by a patchwork of groups in a display of solidarity against fascism and racism. This event will explore and debate the history and context of anti-racist and anti-fascist resistance and protest in and around Lewisham in the twentieth century.
From the Battle of Cable Street in 1936 to the Battle of Lewisham forty years later, we will explore key themes and events including first-hand accounts in order to construct a ‘people’s history’ of radicalism and dissent in the area. A range of activities including various creative responses will encourage visitors to reflect on and document their own experiences. The event will conclude with an afternoon of debate and discussion between academics, activists and everyday Londoners about the history and legacy of ‘radical’ Lewisham.
Part of Being Human 2015, a national festival of the humanities and Radical New Cross: Protest and dissent 1875 – 2015. A weekend of events exploring the radical past and present of New Cross and the surrounding area.