Celebrating Chris Richardson

We would love to welcome you on Sunday, the 14th August 2022 at The Playwright in Nottingham (38 Shakespeare St, Nottingham NG1 4FQ) to celebrate the life of Chris Richardson.

Drop in from 12.30pm.

If you would like to join us please RSVP through Eventbrite to give us an idea how many of you can make it.

Alternatively please send an email: peopleshistreh@riseup.net

If you would like to use the opportunity to share your memories of Chris with others on the day, that would be wonderful (we will reserve some space for photographs, memorabilia etc.). If anyone wants to say a few words we would like to encourage you to do so between 2-3pm (or simply whenever you feel like it!).

If you have any questions or suggestions please email: peopleshistreh@riseup.net

We are much looking forward to seeing you then. Please feel free to pass on this invitation.

Thatcher costumes are not obligatory.

Chris Richardson’s ‘A City of Light…’ 3rd edition

Almost a decade after we brought out the first edition of A City of Light…, this book continues to be our most successful publication and remains an important contribution to the history of the labour movement.

With stocks of the 2015 run depleted, a new edition of the book had been planned for a while, but we finally revisited this project following the desperately sad loss of our dear friend and comrade Chris Richardson.

The 3rd edition is now available from Five Leaves Bookshop, The Bookcase and The Sparrows’ Nest, or just send us an email.

If you want to read the book online, you can access it for free on our website.

We hope you enjoy this book, which will continue to be a memorial to a wonderful and dearly missed person.

Please also read Chris’ 2007 pamphlet The Co-operative Movement in Greater Nottingham – A Journey Towards Political Representation in the Digital Library of The Sparrows’ Nest Library and Archive.

Obituary: Chris Richardson | 1947-2020

With great sadness do we report on the death of our friend and comrade Chris Richardson, committed Socialist, proud fighter for LGBTQ+ liberation, accomplished historian and author of A City of Light….


New LOASP book: Face Blind in Berlin, Suffolk and Gedling – The Memoirs of Chris Cook Cann

We are very proud about our latest release, published by Loaf On A Stick Press (in cooperation with the prestigious Saithwaite Press):

Face Blind in Berlin, Suffolk and Gedling – The Memoirs of Chris Cook Cann More

Book Launch: Face Blind in Berlin, Suffolk and Gedling

To celebrate the release of Loaf On A Stick’s latest publication, Chris Cook Cann’s Face Blind in Berlin, Suffolk and Gedling, there will be an event at the Jam Cafe on Thursday, January 23rd, 7pm. The author has sent out the following invitation:


2019 ‘To the Castle’ guided walk

It has been a good while since we did one of these and people keep asking us whether we will run another one. So there you go, back on populari(ish) demand:

Another of our popular guided walks ‘To the Castle!’.

Saturday, 9th November 2019
Start 4pm St Peter Square (outside M&S)

As always this event is free of charge and wheelchair accessible.

For details please see our events page.

Remembering the 1968 Revolts – Pamphlet and audio recordings now available

Following our event remembering the 1968 Revolts, audio recordings of the talks and a shiny new pamphlet are now available!


Event: Remembering the 1968 Revolts – 3rd June 2018

Join us for a film screening, an exhibition of original sources and a panel session of people sharing their memories of struggles fought here in Nottingham during that iconic year, which saw deeply-rooted conflicts erupt into open revolts all around the globe. More

April 2018 update

Well, well, it really has been a while since we updated this site. Sorry about that, but life can get in the way of awesome research projects!


Wed 8th Mar – 7pm: Historic Graffiti – the Hidden Story of the Hopes, Fears and Desires of a Nation

Please also see our events page.

We are delighted to announce our first event of 2017, a talk by James Wright (University of Nottingham) on the awesome subject of Historic Graffiti:

Modern graffiti is often seen as transgressive and stupid. However, look closely in the light of a torch at the walls of our historic buildings, trees, caves and rockfaces and you will see a world of graffiti left that illuminates the psychology of our ancestors. The study of historic graffiti enables us to hear the lost voices of ordinary individuals through their images of daisywheels, ships sailing across the walls, knights drawing their swords, demons stalking the stonework and every animal imaginable…

Wednesday 8th March 2017 – 7pm

Broadway Cinema

Room 2 (if in doubt where to go, simply lurk around near the Box Office just before 7pm and we will find you!).

Free event – venue wheelchair accessible.

If you are planning to come, please send us a quick email so we can get a better idea about numbers.

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