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Remembering the Battle of Lewisham 40 Years On

Remembering the Battle of Lewisham 40 Years On


  • DATES & TIMES: Sunday 13 August, 1pm - 9pm
  • AGE GROUP: All ages
  • TICKETS: FREE. No booking required, just turn up.
  • Goldsmiths College presents

    Remembering the Battle of Lewisham 40 Years On

    A local festival commemorating the 40th anniversary of the historic events of 13 August 1977. Featuring live music, talks, exhibitions, screenings and more.

    On 13 August 1977, the far-right National Front (NF) attempted to march from New Cross to Lewisham town centre, leading to violent clashes with counter demonstrators and the police.


    The Battle of Lewisham, as it became known, marked the first time a national NF march was prevented from reaching its destination, and also saw the first deployment of riot shields by Metropolitan Police in England.


    In partnership with Lewisham Council, Love Music Hate Racism and the Albany, Goldsmiths will be marking the 40th Anniversary of the events that unfolded on the streets of New Cross and Lewisham.


    Join us to commemorate one of the most important events in the history of Lewisham and for race relations in the UK.


    What’s on?


    DJ sets

    Featuring Rock Against Racism co-founder, Roger Huddle, and the Deptford Dub Club’s Soft Wax.

    1pm – 6pm | FREE


    Exhibition: Remembering the Battle of Lewisham

    Goldsmiths presents a history of the Battle of Lewisham, including rarely seen photographs, first-hand accounts, and community led designs for a new public mural

    1pm – 6pm | FREE



    Food, drink and local organisations presenting their work.

    1pm – 6pm | FREE


    Remembering the Battle of Lewisham panel discussion

    Hear first-hand accounts and explore the contemporary relevance of the Battle, featuring John Rees, John Lockwood, and Dr John Price.

    2pm | FREE


    The legacy of Rock Against Racism panel discussion featuring: 

    Roger Huddle, Co-founder of Rock Against Racism

    Rhoda Dakar, lead singer of The Bodysnatchers (performed at RAR/ANL carnival in Leeds with The Specials)

    Saskilla, Grime artist (performed at Love Music Hate Racism events)

    Zak Cochrane, Love Music Hate Racism

    4pm | FREE


    You can also join us in the evening on Saturday 13 August for our Battle of Lewisham 40th Anniversary Gig

    This event is organised and run by an external company who’ve hired space at the Albany. Our wide range of well-equipped spaces, talented staff and excellent catering make us the perfect venue for your hire. To find out more go to the Albany or Deptford Lounge pages or get in touch on 020 8692 4446 ext 218 or