Labour History Review Volume 85 (2020), Issue 3

Labour History Review Volume 85 (2020), Issue 3 has now been published. This issue begins with a series of appreciations for the life of Malcolm Chase, who died in March 2020 aged just 63. Malcolm was professor of history at the University of Leeds, and a vice-president of the Society for the Study of Labour History. Though best known for his book Chartism: A New … Continue reading Labour History Review Volume 85 (2020), Issue 3

Building the ‘House of Industry’: Factory Citizenship and Gendered Spaces at Cadbury’s and Rowntree’s

Author: Timo LuksThis is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2020), 85, (3), 233–252. Find out more. This article examines the case studies of Cadbury’s and Rowntree’s to show how two particular factories have been transformed into what could be called middle-range experimental spaces. It demonstrates how one particular setting of industrial ‘governmentality’ was established, based on cooperation, ‘mutual understanding’, and ‘empowerment’ … Continue reading Building the ‘House of Industry’: Factory Citizenship and Gendered Spaces at Cadbury’s and Rowntree’s

Navigating Deindustrialization in 1970s Britain: The Closure of Bilston Steel Works and the Politics of Work, Place, and Belonging

2019 Labour History Review Essay Prize Winner Author: Matt BeebeeThis is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2020), 85, (3), 253–284. Find out more. This article examines the impact of industrial decline on popular constructions of selfhood and place during the 1970s through a case study of the Bilston Steel Works in the West Midlands, which closed in May 1979. Following recent … Continue reading Navigating Deindustrialization in 1970s Britain: The Closure of Bilston Steel Works and the Politics of Work, Place, and Belonging

A Place in History? The 2018 Marx Bicentennial in Germany

Author: Detlev MaresThis is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2020), 85, (3), 285–308. Find out more. This article queries the merits and limitations of the historicization approach that informed many of the productions on Marx’s two-hundredth anniversary in Germany in 2018. The article presents the approach’s application in exhibitions, biographies, and movies. In order to contextualize the historicization project in the … Continue reading A Place in History? The 2018 Marx Bicentennial in Germany

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