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BA/MA Dissertation bursary

The SSLH BA/Masters Dissertation Bursary is designed to support archival and library research that will contribute to a dissertation on a labour history topic up to a maximum of £250.

If successful, you will be expected to join the SSLH – the cost of doing so will be included in your bursary. Student membership of the SSLH costs £15.90. Details on how to join can be found here:

You must be a registered student at a university in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. Bursary holders must either be in the final year of an undergraduate degree or undertaking a taught Masters degree.

Past Bursary Recipients

Marie Mrvova (MA, University of Huddersfield)
Marie travelled to the Czech Republic in order to conduct oral history interviews for her research on women political prisoners and prison culture in Czechoslovakia, 1948–1968. This work will retell the stories of seven women (including Marie’s great-grandmother) using various materials, such as memoirs, biographies, archival materials, personal letters and oral testimonies.

Matthew Thomas (BA History, University of Sunderland)
Matthew Thomas recently visited Norfolk Record Office to consult archive material on the Burston School Strike, the longest strike in British history.

Chloe Corrigan (BA History, Northumbria University)
Chloe Corrigan reports on a recent trip to National Co-operative Archives in Manchester
me to carry out research for her undergraduate dissertation: ‘More than just the ‘fuddy-duddy Co-op’?: An analysis of the British Co-operative Movement in the 1960s.’

Tom Millea
Tom Millea reports on a visit to the National Library of Ireland, in order to conduct research into the labour solidarity between Britain and Ireland during the Dublin Lockout of 1913. Read the report here.

Kerrie McGiveron
Kerrie McGiveron provides a report on a number of research trips providing material for her MA dissertation. This includes the Working Class Movement Library (Salford), Liverpool Records Office and Kirkby Archive Centre for Research. Read the report here.

Aidan Gibbons
Aidan Gibbons reports on a recent visit to the Bishopsgate Institute in London and the People’s History Museum in Manchester, where he compiled material for a dissertation focussing on left-wing swings in the Labour Party during the twentieth century. Read the full report here.

Colm Murphy
Colm Murphy visited the Labour History Archive at the People’s History Museum in Manchester, to conduct research on the Labour Party in the 1980s.

Lewis Hayes
Lewis Hayes visited the Cooperative Archive in Manchester, for research on his project on the transnational networks of the British cooperative movement between 1870 and 1920.

Joe Hopkinson
Support from SSLH enabled Joe Hopkinson to travel to conduct oral history interviews, for his project on immigrant children’s experiences of dispersal school bussing in Huddersfield in the 1960s and 70s.

On presentation of final receipts you will also be expected to provide the Society with a 250-350 word report on the activities supported by this bursary, detailing how this will contribute to your dissertation research. This report will be published on the Society’s website – please read the guidance notes at the end of this form. Full payment of the bursary will not be made until this short report and receipts have been submitted and accepted. The report may have to be revised if not considered sufficiently detailed before any funds can be released.

You are also asked to acknowledge the financial support of the SSLH in your dissertation.

Further information can be found in the application form.