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

Additions to labour history archive collections 2019

The PDF document below includes an overview of new collections which were reported by archives to the Society for the Study of Labour History’s Archive and Resources sub-committee (SSLH-ARC) and which may be of interest to labour historians. New acquisitions 2019 (PDF format). Among the numerous collections noted by the SSLH-ARC are: Papers of the Scottish Committees of the Communist Party of Great Britain and the Communist … Continue reading Additions to labour history archive collections 2019

SSLH-backed video puts Caribbean connection at the heart of Huddersfield’s NHS history

A new production from Kirklees Local TV (KLTV) offers a local perspective on the wider history of the National Health Service. Produced as part of Black History Month 2020, the video is made in partnership with the University of Huddersfield and received funded from the Society of Social History and the Society for the Study of Labour History. It can be seen here. The production … Continue reading SSLH-backed video puts Caribbean connection at the heart of Huddersfield’s NHS history

Peterloo 1819: the short and long historical view

Most historians take short historical views. There are practical reasons for this, especially when having to produce for dissertations during a limited time period, but more mature historians can be under similar pressure from research assessment exercises. The literature on Peterloo provides an example. The recent definitive book by Robert Poole, Peterloo: The English Uprising (Oxford, 2019) is an essentially short view of 1819, even … Continue reading Peterloo 1819: the short and long historical view

Manchester wiredrawers’ strike, 1934

This photo dates from 1934, during the nine-month strike by 650 workers at the firm of Richard Johnson & Nephew Ltd, Wiredrawers, of Forge Lane, Bradford, Manchester. Strike leaders Alf Bywater and Bill Dunn are shown addressing the workers. The cause of the strike was the introduction of a system designed to maximise productivity: the Bedaux System. This represented a method of time and motion … Continue reading Manchester wiredrawers’ strike, 1934