Saturday, 24 April 2010


We link here to some articles on radical history related to Islington. New material will be added as we find it.

Unwaged fightback - A history of Islington Action Group of the Unwaged - 1980-86
The history of an unwaged workers' group in 1980s London, its efforts to establish and run a centre for the unemployed and its relationship to the Miners' Strike and other struggles of its times; a pamphlet produced in late 1987 by the Campaign for Real Life.

Reds On The Green - A Short Tour of Clerkenwell Radicalism

This text is a short sketch of the radical history of the Clerkenwell area, its characters and events.

There has been little easily available to read concentrating specifically on the long and rich history of the politics and struggles of the area. The following account charts the changing fortunes and developments of the communities, classes and individuals involved. It also offers some passing comments on the Clerkenwell of today.
This text was published as a pamphlet, ‘Reds On the Green’, in October 2005, by past tense. The text is also on their site;

Dan Chatterton
Articles by or about Dan Chatterton (pictured above), 19th century working class Chartist, secularist, birth control propagandist, communist and radical public speaker who was well known among the early London Anarchist and Marxist circles. Born and bred in Clerkenwell, he self-published the journal 'Chatteron's Commune, the Atheistic, Communistic, Scorcher'.

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