TUC Library Collections card index goes online

The TUC Library Collections are a vital resource for labour history research, and pretty much everything added to the collections since the contents of the TUC Library moved to London Metropolitan University in 1996 has been added to the university’s online catalogue. But the great bulk of material collected since the library was founded in 1922, perhaps as much of 80% of everything there, is … Continue reading TUC Library Collections card index goes online

Stuart Macintyre 1947 – 2021

We are sorry to hear that the eminent Australian socialist and labour historian Stuart Macintyre has died aged 74. Professor Macintyre published extensively on the history of Australia and the Australian Left, and as co-author of The History Wars (2003) provided the leading academic challenge to conservative narratives of the country’s history. For many, however, his greatest work is his account of the emergence of … Continue reading Stuart Macintyre 1947 – 2021

SSLH annual lecture 2021. Professor Máire Fedelma Cross: Flora Tristan and Jules Puech, a double biography

The French writer and activist Flora Tristan (1803-1844) was an important and original thinker noteworthy for her synthesis of feminism and socialism. But she died aged just 41, and left relatively little published work. Jules Puech (1879-1957) rediscovered Tristan as a postgraduate student in Paris in the early 1900s and subsequently devoted decades of his life to researching her life and work, publishing a detailed … Continue reading SSLH annual lecture 2021. Professor Máire Fedelma Cross: Flora Tristan and Jules Puech, a double biography

John Halstead funeral arrangements

John Halstead’s funeral was held on Thursday 18 November, at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium, Sheffield. The service is now available to view for 7 days (until 25 November, 2021):Web link: https://www.wesleymedia.co.uk/webcast-viewLogin / Order ID: 113763Password: fabramsz Margaret, Katharine and Lucy invite you to donate to The People’s History Museum or Sheffield Hospitals Charity in lieu of flowers. John Halstead obituary.   Continue reading John Halstead funeral arrangements

Radical ambition: Ramsay MacDonald and the 1895 general election

David Hanson reflects on the political trajectory of a firebrand would-be Labour MP whose early radical ambitions were set out during his first foray into electoral politics in 1895 James Ramsay MacDonald fought his first parliamentary election in 1895. The Independent Labour Party had been founded just two years earlier, and though not a founder member, MacDonald had joined early on after gaining political experience … Continue reading Radical ambition: Ramsay MacDonald and the 1895 general election

An Ownerless Corner of Earth: songs to lift the spirits

Mike Mecham introduces a double CD of songs by Francis Devine, a published Irish labour historian, poet, singer and songwriter from Howth, County Dublin. A former President, and now Honorary President, of the Irish Labour History Society and editor of its journal Saothar, Francis Devine remains actively involved in the labour movement An Ownerless Corner of Earth is the second offering from Howth based singer Francis Devine. His first … Continue reading An Ownerless Corner of Earth: songs to lift the spirits