In this episode, we share recordings from a recent session of History Acts — a new radical history forum that works as gathering place for historians and activists. Their goal is to bring radical historians and contemporary activists together to find new ways for academics to engage with contemporary struggles, to learn from activists, and to see what expertise and institutional resources historians can use to provide active solidarity.
In this podcast you will hear key excerpts from ‘History Acts 05 – Homes for All’, featuring Eva and Millie from the Hackney Digs (a private renter support and campaign group), Professor Jerry White (Birkbeck) and Dr Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite (UCL).
Hackney Digs campaign for a better deal for people renting in Hackney and beyond. They are a private renter information, support and campaign group, run by Hackney renters, for Hackney renters. Digs support anyone who is renting privately in Hackney or who is homeless or insecurely housed and trying to find a home in Hackney’s private rented sector.
Professor Jerry White Formerly a public health inspector enforcing housing standards in Islington in the 1970s, and then Chief Executive of the London Borough of Hackney from 1989 to 1995, Jerry White has been researching and writing London history since the mid-1970s. Among his many published works is London in the Twentieth Century: A City and Its People. His most recent book, Mansions of Misery. A Biography of the Marshalsea Debtors’ Prison, was published in October 2016. He is Professor of Modern London History at Birkbeck, University of London.
Dr Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite is a historian currently working on squatting in postwar London, and on women’s activism during the miners’ strike of 1984-5. She has published work on Thatcher, New Labour, and the 1970s in the Historical Journal, Twentieth Century British History and elsewhere.