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Radical Histories

Radical Histories

This international event commemorates twenty years since the death of the leftwing social historian Raphael Samuel and forty years since the founding of History Workshop Journal.

1-3 July 2016 Queen Mary University of London

The event will explore radical approaches to the past and histories of radical ideas and action through lectures, panels, performances, screenings, workshops and exhibitions.

It is organised by the Raphael Samuel History Centre. It is intended to engage a diverse audience, and to bring together practitioners of many varieties of historical research, curatorship, writing and performance, from both inside and outside the academy.

Labour History Review Essay Prize

Labour History Review Essay Prize

At the November 2015 SSLH Adult Worker Education conference, University of Huddersfield, Duncan Money [Balliol College] was presented with the 2014 LHR Essay Prize by SSLH President, Professor Keith Laybourn.

Duncan’s award winning essay “There are worse places than Dalmuir!” Glaswegian riveters on the Clyde and the Copperbelt’ will be published in the Labour History Review. A £250 student prize is offered annually, an application form and further details can be downloaded here. The Society would particularly welcome applications by female postgraduates.

LHR Prize
Featured Document - The Miners' Lockout

The Miners' Lockout

Scottish Miners Strike 17 June 1926

This image comes from a recent addition to Bishopsgate Institute Archive: a photo album bearing the inscription ‘Memories of the Miners Lock-out 1926 Fife’. The Miners’ Lockout was part of the General Strike of 1926, called by the General Council of the TUC (Trades Union Congress) in an attempt to prevent the Government of the day from lowering the wages and making conditions worse for some 800,000 coal miners nationwide.

The album contains 35 photographs in all, some with annotations describing who and what is pictured.

Featured Document

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.