Mike Berlin: The Partisan Coffee House of 1958
Thursday September 6th, 6.30pm
Firebox London 106-108 Cromer Street, London, WC1H8BZ, United Kingdom
Firebox is the Partisan Coffee House of the 21st Century.
Historian Mike Berlin presents a historical tour of the Partisan and its political context, in a timely event just before Firebox's grand launch.
Established in 1958, the Partisan Coffee House in Soho was the central hub of the New Left.A space for ideas, discussion and often heated debate, it was short-lived but central to a creative and visionary political force.Founded by Raphael Samuel, a young radical historian, the Partisan was the heart of a radical left during this era of events such as the Suez Crisis and the Hungarian Revolution.
With an excellent exhibition of original archive materials including the brilliant panorama documentary and BBC radio program this event will have an air of the late 50′s so expect a few lovely surprises.
£5 suggested donation, includes free drink.Doors open at 6.30pm for refreshments, event starts promptly at 7pm.
Edited to add:
Reminder of Socialist History Society meeting.
Tuesday 25 September
2012 A. L. MORTON MEMORIAL LECTURE - Michael Berlin (Birkbeck College, specialist on the social history of early modern London and the British left), speaks on The Partisan Coffee House: a micro history of the New Left?
Time: 7.00 pm; Venue: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2. Admission free, all welcome
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