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Leisure and Recreation History and Heritage Day

Leisure and Recreation History and Heritage Day

Middlesbrough Town Hall, 22 October 2019

Organised by Heritage Unlocked and supported by Creative Factory, Middlesbrough Council and the Society for the Study of Labour History, the event in the recently renovated Courtroom brings together speakers from across the country exploring a wide range of themes relating to leisure and recreation across the ages. Part of the Discover Middlesbrough Festival, topics explored as part of the one-day event include boxing, cricket, football, rambling, working class leisure, photographic exploration of Teesside, philanthropy and the Middlesbrough Winter Garden.

Register online here.

Latest issue of Labour History Review

Latest issue of Labour History Review

The latest edition of the SSLH’s journal, Labour History Review, includes articles by Simon Dell on visualising labour and the USSR; Matt Perry on photojournalism and the French unemployed in the 1930s; and Benjamin Partridge on photographing factory gates during the 1968 strikes in France.

Labour History Review, Volume 84, Number 2, 2019

Featured Document - John Fielden and William Fitton Letter

Featured Document:
John Fielden and William Fitton Letter

This letter was exchanged between Radical reformers John Fielden and William Fitton in 1836.

Fielden was involved in Reform Bill agitation in Manchester in the 1830s. Fitton, surgeon, was indicted for seditious activity in 1819.

The Society

Founded in 1960, the Society for the Study of Labour History (SSLH) is the UK’s principal organisation dedicated to the study of labour history.

Membership is open to everyone who would like to learn more about labour history and heritage whether on a professional or amateur basis.

The SSLH publishes the journal the Labour History Review, organises regular conferences and actively promotes the preservation of historical resources connected to the labour movement.

Labour History Review

Since 1960 Labour History Review has explored the working lives and politics of ‘ordinary’ people. It has played a key role in redefining social and political history.

Membership to the Society is secured by means of a subscription to LHR. Find out about other membership benefits and how to subscribe hereĀ»

If you are interested in submitting articles to the LHR you can find out more hereĀ»

Student members are also eligible to apply for the SSLH postgraduate bursary

Archives & Resources

Since its foundation the SSLH has actively encouraged the preservation of labour history archives, objects (banners, cartoons, ephemera)and printed collections.

The Archive and Resources Sub-Committee includes staff working at key archives, libraries and museums whose collections tell the story of the British labour movement.

Find out more about their unique collections here