Chloe Corrigan (Northumbria) on the decline of Co-operative movement periodicals

The bursary from the Society for the Study of Labour History provided me with the opportunity to visit the National Co-operative Archives in Manchester on 10 and 11 January 2018. This allowed me to carry out research for my undergraduate dissertation: More than just the ‘fuddy-duddy Co-op’? An analysis of the British Co-operative Movement in the 1960s. My trip to Holyoake House, the home of … Continue reading Chloe Corrigan (Northumbria) on the decline of Co-operative movement periodicals

Marie Mrvova (Huddersfield) on using oral history to uncover the stories of women political prisoners

With the bursary awarded to me by the Society for the Study of Labour History, I was able to travel to the Czech Republic and successfully conduct oral history interviews for my research on women political prisoners and prison culture in Czechoslovakia 1948–1968. I will retell the stories of seven women (including my great-grandmother) using various materials, such as memoirs, biographies, archival materials, personal letters … Continue reading Marie Mrvova (Huddersfield) on using oral history to uncover the stories of women political prisoners

Matthew Thomas (Sunderland) visits Norfolk to investigate the Burston School Strike

Thanks to the bursary generously given to me by the SSLH, I was able to visit Norfolk Record Office to consult archive material on the Burston School Strike, the longest strike in British history. School strikes are underdeveloped events in historiography. It is the purpose of my study to examine the origins and impacts of strike action involving organised children. It will use an inter-regional … Continue reading Matthew Thomas (Sunderland) visits Norfolk to investigate the Burston School Strike

Kerrie McGiveron (Liverpool) on Big Flame, women and the Tower Hill Base Group

With generous financial backing from SSLH, in the summer of 2017 I was able to travel to various sites to undertake research for my MA dissertation entitled ‘Notes on a Community Struggle:’ Big Flame, Women, and The Kirkby Resistance. Big Flame were a radical New Left organisation, whose unique commitment to both socialism and feminism renders them vital to the narrative of 1970s activism in … Continue reading Kerrie McGiveron (Liverpool) on Big Flame, women and the Tower Hill Base Group

Aidan Gibbons delves into the archives to compare Labour’s swings to the left in 1979-1981 and 2015

In March 2017, a bursary from the Society for the Study of Labour History enabled me to visit the Bishopsgate Institute in London and the People’s History Museum in Manchester. This was to conduct research for my Dissertation entitled A Comparison Between the Two Recent Swings to the Left Within the British Labour Party, 1979-1981 and 2015. My visit to London was focussed upon discovering … Continue reading Aidan Gibbons delves into the archives to compare Labour’s swings to the left in 1979-1981 and 2015

Tom Millea on research into labour solidarity between Britain and Ireland in the Dublin lockout

As a result of the bursary awarded to me from the Society for the Study of Labour History, I was able to successfully conduct my research into the labour solidarity between Britain and Ireland during the Dublin Lockout of 1913. My research centred on the material on offer in the National Library of Ireland. For example, the William O’Brien Papers provided me with invaluable insight … Continue reading Tom Millea on research into labour solidarity between Britain and Ireland in the Dublin lockout

Joe Hopkinson (Huddersfield) on the bussing of Black and Asian pupils in the 1960s and 1970s

For an MA by research at the University of Huddersfield I submitted a portfolio of work from an oral history study of Commonwealth immigrant children in Huddersfield. The project focussed on immigrant children’s experiences of dispersal school bussing in the town. This was a policy where Black and Asian pupils were bussed away from the own district to schools that were almost entirely populated by … Continue reading Joe Hopkinson (Huddersfield) on the bussing of Black and Asian pupils in the 1960s and 1970s

Lewis Hayes visits Holyoake House to research the co-operative movement’s transnational links

As the location of the first Rochdalian co-operative store, Manchester has always been regarded as the co-operative movement’s heartland and its archives are no exception. Located at Holyoake House in central Manchester, the British Co-operative Union was exceptionally diligent in maintaining the movement’s enormous output of documentation. These archives contained a complete collection of papers retaining to its federal structures, individual societies and the work … Continue reading Lewis Hayes visits Holyoake House to research the co-operative movement’s transnational links

Colm Murphy on researching Labour’s view of the 1980s ‘loony left’

Thanks to the generous support of the Society, I was able to visit the Labour History Archive and Study Centre, located at the People’s History Museum in Manchester. This trip was for my research into the Labour Party in the 1980s. I focus on the Labour leadership’s perceptions of the ‘loony left’ Labour councils, leading up to the 1987 election and Margaret Thatcher’s third victory. … Continue reading Colm Murphy on researching Labour’s view of the 1980s ‘loony left’