The National Library of Scotland is to host a celebration of the pioneering work of Scotland’s two leading labour history societies. Taking place online on Tuesday 30 November at 5pm, the event is titled Hard Work, Ye Ken: The Past, Present and Future of Scottish Labour History – Celebrating 60 years of working people’s history research and study in Scotland.
Historians Hamish Fraser and Ian S Wood will discuss the work of the Scottish Labour History Society and the Scottish Working People’s History Trust. Following their presentations, historians Ewan Gibbs, Caroline Milligan and Valerie Wright will take part in a panel discussion exploring current aspects of labour history research and study in Scotland, and asking what the future holds for the history of working people.
A Q&A session will be chaired by Dorothy Kidd, secretary and trustee of the Scottish Working People’s History Trust.
- Hamish Fraser was founding editor of the Scottish Labour History Society Journal and a member of the Scottish Working People’s History Trust from the mid-1990s.
- Ian S Wood was for many years the editor of the Scottish Labour History Society Journal and continues to be a member of the Scottish Labour History Society.
- Ewan Gibbs is a historian of industrial politics and protest with an interest in energy history.
- Caroline Milligan is an ethnologist with the European Ethnological Research Centre (EERC), University of Edinburgh.
- Valerie Wright is a historian of modern Scotland with particular expertise in gender, social and political history.