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Unity is Strength

Unity is Strength

120 Years of the General Federation of Trade Unions

2019 will mark the 120th anniversary of the formation of the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU). A conference will be held on Saturday 30 March 2019 at the Mechanics Institute, Manchester. The organisers welcome proposals for papers dealing with any aspect of the GFTU’s history and would especially welcome proposals from Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers.

Call for Papers deadline: 14 December 2018.

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 Katrina Navickas on political prisoners, radicalism, and prison reform in early nineteenth-century England; Andrew Waterman on the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the GATT Social Clause; and Nick Hayes on Twisthands in the British lace industry.

Labour History Review, Volume 83, Number 2, 2018

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 here»

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

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