Conference: working-class studies in Ireland

Ireland’s first working-class studies conference is to take place from 8-12 November. The first three days will be online via Zoom, followed by two face-to-face days at Liberty Hall, Dublin. The event includes 30 panels, two keynote Speakers and two live performance evenings. The Organising Committee is made up of working-class and feminist scholars currently researching and teaching in Ireland and overseas. The keynote speakers … Continue reading Conference: working-class studies in Ireland

Funding round for 2021 BME history projects now open

The 2021 funding round is now open for the Joint BME Events and Activities Small Grants scheme designed to support Black and Minority Ethnic history in the UK. Grants of up to £1,000 for available for eligible projects, and the deadline for applications is 12 November 2021. The scheme is administered by the Social History Society in partnership with the Society for the Study of … Continue reading Funding round for 2021 BME history projects now open

Mick Ekers (Essex) on Burston strike school master Tom Higdon and labour activism between the wars

Mick Ekers visits Norfolk Record Office to research the life in politics of Tom Higdon, one of the two teachers at the heart of the famous Burston School Strike which lasted from 1914 to 1939. The story of the Burston School Strike is quite well known. In 1914 Annie and Tom Higdon, two teachers in a village school in Norfolk, were sacked as a result … Continue reading Mick Ekers (Essex) on Burston strike school master Tom Higdon and labour activism between the wars

Walter Crane’s artistic vision of a new social order

Titled ‘The new social order: work for all, art for all’, this powerful image was created by the socialist artist Walter Crane (1845-1915) for a leaflet for the so-called Ancoats Brotherhood – named for the district of Manchester in which they were based. The brotherhood had been founded in 1878 with the aim of bringing art and literature to the working class; it organised lectures, … Continue reading Walter Crane’s artistic vision of a new social order