Free Talks & Courses at HistoryTalk

A very quick post to mainly promote my local history society: HistoryTalk!

It is the community history society for North Kensington and I have volunteered for them as part of the Britain at Work project, and I also had the pleasure of a giving a talk in Spring on the centenary of the Electric Cinema on Portobello Road.

They have their series of Autumn seminars and courses up on  their website:

But thought I’d copy and paste some of the details below as well – hope to see some of you there!
(Please contact HistoryTalk for locations and further details).

Evening Talks

Thursday 13th October 6.30pm
Portobello Roots the market in the 1920s and 30s.
With local historians Eddie Adams and Tom Vague.

Thursday 20th October 6.30pm
Portobello Today and its Future children from Colville Primary School present their documentary Stall Stories.
Following this there will be a panel discussion with speakers from Save the Portobello Road Market campaign.

Thursday 3rd November 6.30pm
Murder in Notting Hill.
A talk by Mark Olden about the murder of Kelso Cochrane in 1959, based on his new book.

Thursday 10th November 6.30pm
Britain at Work oral history project update.
With speakers Jeff Howarth (project worker at TUC Library Collections) and Dave Welsh (project co-ordinator at HISTORYtalk.)
Britain at Work Project Page & a blog I’ve written about my involvement so far.


North Africa, from Morocco to Egypt; Revolution and Upheaval
An introduction to the history, politics and culture of North Africa. Ten free sessions.
Starts Monday 26th September 6.30-8.30pm. Ends Monday 5th December. Break on 24th October.

Migration and the Arabic Language
The course will discuss the contribution of North African migrant and refugee communities to Britain and Europe as well as teaching participants the basics of written and spoken
Arabic. Complete beginners welcome. Six free sessions.
Starts Saturday 29th October 3-6pm.Ends Saturday 3rd December.

Spanish Memories
Join a lively group of Spanish speaking people who work together on projects that draw on
their experiences and memories. This term the focus will on bilingual publication and music.
Ten free sessions. Starts Friday 16th September 1.30-3.30pm. Ends Friday 16th December. With some breaks.

Between the Boroughs: Shepherds Bush to North Pole Road
Local history and reminiscence looking in particular at Norland Market, Latimer Road, Wood Lane, Frestonia, White City Stadium and more.
Eight free sessions. Starts Wednesday 5th October 2-4pm. Ends Wednesday 30th November. Break on 2nd November.

Between the Borough:
walks & talks through the Eastern edge of North Kensington (into Westminster) Look at old photos and maps, share memories of more recent changes and go out on visits and walks.
Eight sessions. £2.50 per session. Starts Monday 12th September 10.30-12.30pm. Ends Monday 14th November. With some breaks.

Contact HistoryTalk on 020 7792 2282 or






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