Rodney Bickerstaffe (1945-2017): labour historian

The former trade union leader and champion of the national living wage, Rodney Bickerstaffe, has died aged 72. In news that has shocked the labour movement and left, tributes have been led by current union leaders and prominent Labour politicians, including UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. It has also come to light that, in addition to his work as a campaigner and union … Continue reading Rodney Bickerstaffe (1945-2017): labour historian

Dr Sigrid McCausland

The SSLH is saddened to learn of the passing of the Australian archivist and activist Dr Sigrid McCausland. Sigrid served as University Archivist at both the University of Technology, Sydney and the Australian National University, where she successfully spearheaded the fight to save the Noel Butlin Archives Centre.(The Noel Butlin Archive centre is a repository for labour movement records in Australia and the Pacific). Continue reading Dr Sigrid McCausland

Asa Briggs (1921-2016): historian and founder member of the SSLH

The Society is sorry to hear of the death of the eminent historian Asa Briggs who was a founder member of the SSLH. He was a pioneer of labour history and a man of many talents. You can read more about his influence on modern social and cultural history in obituaries published in the Guardian and the Yorkshire Post. John McIlroy, a former secretary of the SSLH, has written a … Continue reading Asa Briggs (1921-2016): historian and founder member of the SSLH

Irene Wagner

We regret to announce the death of Irene Wagner on February 4th at the age of 99. Irene, as Labour Party archivist, was an original member of the Society’s Archive Committee, formed in 1965. She played an important role in Society affairs and was the driving force in moves to create the International Association of Labour History Institutions [IALHI]. Read The Guardian’s obituary written by … Continue reading Irene Wagner