Indexing Labour History Review to create a research tool for labour historians

What started as a personal project to help navigate Labour History Review more easily has produced an invaluable tool for labour historians, as Mike Mecham explains. As an Irish labour historian comparatively new to the field, I soon found Labour History Review to be an important research tool.  It not only published material on a wide range of themes but was international in its coverage.  … Continue reading Indexing Labour History Review to create a research tool for labour historians

Disaster planning for archivists and librarians

The Marx Memorial Library is hosting a free online session on disaster planning for archivists and librarians on behalf of the Society for the Study of Labour History’s Archives & Resources Committee. In part, the event will reflect on lessons learnt from the flood that hit the Marx Memorial Library in September 2019. The session takes place from 2pm to 3.30pm on Friday 5 February. … Continue reading Disaster planning for archivists and librarians

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