Professor Nadia Holland of Queen Mary University joins BBC Radio 4’s broadcast Making History to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street. Holland provides a well-informed analysis of the clash that took place between the anti-fascist residents of the East End and the London Metropolitan Police, who allowed a march to take place by the Union of British Fascists.
Led by Oswald Mosley, the Union was part of a wave of European fascism that spread across Europe in the 1930s in the wake of the Great Depression. The uprising that ensued on Cable Street was bloody and brutal, and as Holland analyses, something more out of medieval times than the 20th century. The political history of the region is largely unchanged today, with an amalgamation of various large immigrant communities who are staunchly anti-conservative.
If history is still so ingrained in British communities, Fiona Watson explores whether the historical architecture of Britain will continue to be preserved with government budget cuts leading to the redundancies of most architectural advisers of English councils.
Though doubtful after some preliminary research in Merseyside, Mike Hayworth, the UK Director of the Council for British Archaeology attempts to re-assure Fiona that through volunteer schemes and obtaining highly specialised staff, preserving British heritage will not fall down the ladder.
Perhaps all is not lost for the preservation of British History after all.