Asa Briggs (1921-2016): historian and founder member of the SSLH

Asa Briggs

The Society is sorry to hear of the death of the eminent historian Asa Briggs who was a founder member of the SSLH. He was a pioneer of labour history and a man of many talents.

You can read more about his influence on modern social and cultural history in obituaries published in the Guardian and the Yorkshire Post.

John McIlroy, a former secretary of the SSLH, has written a detailed account of Asa Briggs’ pivotal role in the discipline of labour history. Asa Briggs and the Emergence of Labour History in Post-War Britain is available to download as a PDF.