Classics of labour history: a research programme for the 1960s and beyond

The Society for the Study of Labour History was launched on 6 May 1960 in a meeting room at Birkbeck College, University of London. Those present included many of the big names of what was then a rapidly rising specialist area of historical study, including Raymond Postgate and Henry Pelling. Others, among them Eric Hobsbawm and Ralph Miliband, were yet to publish much of the … Continue reading Classics of labour history: a research programme for the 1960s and beyond

Classics of labour history: Malcolm Chase and the story of Chartism

Chartism has been a central part of labour history since the discipline emerged. A brief flurry of activity in the early 1920s led nowhere in particular, but Professor Asa Briggs’ Chartist Studies (1959) opened the door to what Dr Stephen Roberts has dubbed a ‘golden period’ of research and publication (see below). Dorothy Thompson, meanwhile, led the intellectual effort to centre Chartism not just as … Continue reading Classics of labour history: Malcolm Chase and the story of Chartism

Classics of labour history: John L. Halstead on the life of Royden Harrison

Any organisation that has been in existence for more than half a century is bound to endure the loss of much-loved and admired members whose long years of service have mirrored their professional progress from rising stars to elder statesmen and women. In this obituary, published in Labour History Review in 2003, Dr John L. Halstead, who himself died in 2021 (obituary), recorded the career … Continue reading Classics of labour history: John L. Halstead on the life of Royden Harrison

Book reviews in Labour History Review Volume 87 (2022), Issue 1

The books listed below are reviewed in Labour History Review (2022), 87, (1), 91-108. Find out more. Dave Lyddon reviews Keith Gildart and David Howell (eds), Dictionary of Labour Biography, vol. 15, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, pp. xv + 320, h/b, £109.99, ISBN 978 11374 57455, ebook, £87.50, ISBN 978 11374 57462Royden Harrison reviews vol. 1, Bulletin of the SSLH, 1972.Listing of all entries in volumes 1-15. Lewis Darwen … Continue reading Book reviews in Labour History Review Volume 87 (2022), Issue 1

Classics of labour history: first meeting of the SSLH

The Society for the Study of Labour History marked its fiftieth birthday in 2010 with a special supplement to Labour History Review looking back on half a century of the Society’s existence and the prospects for labour history. The whole was introduced by John McIlroy, who analysed the wider context within which the SSLH was founded in 1960, and provided a colourful account of its … Continue reading Classics of labour history: first meeting of the SSLH

Classics of labour history: volume one of the Dictionary of Labour Biography

Fifteen volumes of the Dictionary of Labour Biography have now appeared in print, and there is as yet no sign that the series is anywhere near complete. When the labour historian Royden Harrison (1927-2002) reviewed volume one for the SSLH Bulletin back in 1972 (below), his main complaint was that the price of £10 was clearly ‘preposterous’. For generations of students, however, the ever-growing resource … Continue reading Classics of labour history: volume one of the Dictionary of Labour Biography