About us

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 all 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.

Student members are also eligible to apply for the SSLH postgraduate bursary

The SSLH is registered charity 288599.

See a list of SSLH officers.

See the Constitution of the SSLH and its Code of Governance.

Find out how to join us.

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.

By subscribing to Labour History Review, you become a member of the Society for the Study of Labour History.

Find out more about Labour History Review.

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 the SSLH-ARC.

The committee has been active in encouraging good practice in the preservation of labour history and in guiding those seeking to make best use of specialist UK archives, publishing a series of advice and reference documents.

Find out more about the collections held by UK archives, libraries and museums.

Bursaries and grants

The Society for the Study of Labour History offers financial support to PhD students, post-graduate researchers and independent scholars engaged in postgraduate-level research, as well as to BA and MA students to support archival and library reseearch.

The SSLH also offers financial support for conferences and public events with a focus on labour history.

Find out more about SSLH bursaries and grants.