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Conference and public engagement support (organisers)

The Society for the Study of Labour History offers financial support for conferences and public events with a focus on labour history. We take a broad view of ‘labour history’ that includes cultural and social aspects as well as political and institutional ones. Applications, for a maximum of £750 per event, are welcome at any time of year.

While any reasonable conference costs will be considered, we are particularly interested in supporting:
a) the attendance of postgraduate speakers
b) conferences that are designed to actively engage a public audience.
This engagement might be achieved by the inclusion of sessions or activities that are specifically targeted at a wider audience. We expect all events funded by the SSLH to be accessible to anyone who wants to attend, and for that reason we do not expect conference registration fees to be prohibitive.

If funds are sought to support the attendance of postgraduate speakers, we will support up to five bursaries of a maximum of £150 per student, on the condition that the recipients join the SSLH. Student membership of the Society costs £20. The bursary should be used to subsidize travel and accommodation costs, and we will require evidence of the attendance of these speakers and of their membership of SSLH.

To apply, please send the following information to the SSLH conference secretary, Charlotte Alston, at charlotte.alston@northumbria.ac.uk:

  • A description of the conference, including call for papers or indicative programme if applicable
  • A breakdown of the costs of the conference
  • A clear statement of what the funding requested from SSLH will cover.

If your application is successful we will require evidence of expenditure for the SSLH funded aspects of the conference, a short report (500 words, and images) for the Society’s website, and, in the case of subsidies being provided for postgraduate speakers, evidence of their attendance and of their membership of SSLH.

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