Welcome to the SSLH


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

On the buses: how the National Union of Railwaymen organised bus workers

This rather beautiful badge is a reminder that the National Union of Railwaymen (NUR) was not just about trains. From the 1920s onwards, the union actively recruited and organised bus workers, and by 1950 had nearly 14,500 ‘busmen’, as they were styled, in membership – a small but significant group among the NUR’s total membership … Continue reading On the buses: how the National Union of Railwaymen organised bus workers

Dominic Barron-Carter (Manchester Metropolitan) on the local impact of the Orbiston Owenite Colony

My research uses the geohistorical concepts of space and place to contextualise and interpret the activity and importance of four neglected sites of radical democratic protest activity during the nineteenth century. Thanks to the generous bursary program offered by the SSLH, I was able to undertake a six-day research trip to the North Lanarkshire Archive … Continue reading Dominic Barron-Carter (Manchester Metropolitan) on the local impact of the Orbiston Owenite Colony

Labour History Review Volume 86 (2021), Issue 3

Labour History Review Volume 86 (2021), Issue 3 has now been published. This special themed issue of Labour History Review on ‘Challenges to State Socialism in Central and Eastern Europe: Activists, Movements and Alliances in the 1970s and 1980s’ is edited by Daniel Laqua and Charlotte Alston. In this issue: Daniel Laqua and Charlotte Alston on Activism and … Continue reading Labour History Review Volume 86 (2021), Issue 3

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