• Radical Histories/Histories of Radicalism

    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. The event will explore radical approaches to the past and histories of radical ideas and action through lectures, panels, performances, screenings, workshops and exhibitions. The event 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. 1-3 July 2016 Queen Mary University of London

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  • 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.

  • A Gaol Bird's Lay

    Conscientous Objectors

    A Gaol Bird’s Lay is just one of many pamphlets held at the Working Class Movement Library, Salford, which shed light on the plight of conscientious objector in the First World War. In January 1916 Conscription was introduced into Britain for the first time to ensure that there were sufficient troops to fight on the Western Front and elsewhere. Salford played a significant role in this ‘conscientious objection’ to the war. The Library has embarked on an HLF-funded Invisible Histories Project drawing upon the rich material held in its collections

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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.