Something to hopefully entertain through long winter weeks of lockdown and skintness… the 2021 London Rebel History Calendar has hit the streets…
Past Tense’s latest calendar of London’s radical history: rebellious, riotous and campaigning anniversaries from the capital’s past for every day of next year…
Researched, designed, laid out by Past Tense.
Risograph printed by us in our own printspace, using six colours, retro-style, hand assembled.
Colourful, useful and inspiring if you love history and social change. Packed with humour and striking images.
Unashamedly sceptical of politicos, party politics, opportunists and leaders, we’ve tried to remember the grassroots, self-organised and anti-hierarchical; the diverse communities that have evolved & migrated here, social movements, moments of liberation, love and laughter … but we never forget the soul-destroying exploitation of work, the miserable lash of sexism, racism and all bigotries, or the vicious repression inflicted by the rich and powerful, & the institutions that defend their power over our lives.
But our own histories are here too… events we took part in, stories from our own lives, because history is ourstory, the small actions and events that shape us, just as influential as the ‘great moments of history’.
We love to burrow in the archives: unearthing collective and individual contributions, to those who fought to transform the world for the better. But we’ve also tried to bring a sense of fun, humour and colour to make the calendar (hopefully) beautiful as well as useful.
We collect all the dates, lay the calendar out, print it ourselves on our own risograph printer. Not everyone likes the look of it, but there you go. Some people complain there’s not enough space to write in your appointments – this is true. Maybe its just not for that.