Welcome to the SSLH

Picture of trade union badges with text asking postgrads to enter the LHR essay prize by clicking the picture

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.

What’s new

Explore Archives – marking the centenary of the foundation of the Communist Party

The SSLH Explore Archives online conference, funded by the Society for the Study of Labour History and jointly organised by the Marx Memorial Library and the SSLH was held on Friday 16 October 2020. The conference was aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, Communist Party history enthusiasts, archivists and other heritage professionals. More than 50 delegates logged in from across the UK and Europe to … Continue reading Explore Archives – marking the centenary of the foundation of the Communist Party

Video: The Communist Party Congress as a Syndrome of Political Ideals

With coronavirus lockdowns ruling out real-world events, the Society for the Study of Labour History took its 2020 annual lecture online, drawing members and non-members alike to their computer screens. The lecture was delivered by Professor Kevin Morgan of the University of Manchester, who took as his theme “The Communist Party Congress as a Syndrome of Political Ideals”. Watch the video below, or on the … Continue reading Video: The Communist Party Congress as a Syndrome of Political Ideals

Join us for the SSLH annual lecture 2020

Join us via zoom this weekend as Professor Kevin Morgan delivers the Society for the Study of Labour History’s annual lecture for 2020. Professor Morgan will be speaking on: “The Communist Party Congress as a syndrome of political ideals”. The lecture is open to all, and takes place at 2pm on Saturday 21 November. Please register by emailing sslhmembership@gmail.com. Continue reading Join us for the SSLH annual lecture 2020

Scott Rawlinson (University of East Anglia) on the labour movement and Labour Party in Peterborough, 1898-1939

My PhD research looks at the development of the labour movement and Labour Party in Peterborough from 1898 to 1939, with a particular focus on the period from 1918 to 1939. The aim is to understand the nature of Labour organisation and identity in a mixed constituency beyond the heartlands (that is, an area which does not occupy a special place in standard histories of the party’s development, and … Continue reading Scott Rawlinson (University of East Anglia) on the labour movement and Labour Party in Peterborough, 1898-1939

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