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

SSLH-backed video puts Caribbean connection at the heart of Huddersfield’s NHS history

A new production from Kirklees Local TV (KLTV) offers a local perspective on the wider history of the National Health Service. Produced as part of Black History Month 2020, the video is made in partnership with the University of Huddersfield and received funded from the Society of Social History and the Society for the Study of Labour History. It can be seen here. The production … Continue reading SSLH-backed video puts Caribbean connection at the heart of Huddersfield’s NHS history

LHR postgraduate essay prize 2021

Postgraduates are encouraged to submit articles for consideration for the 2021 essay prize to the editors of Labour History Review. This annual prize awards £500 for the best essay which will be published in the LHR.  The deadline for the 2021 prize is the 28 February 2021. The 2020 prize was won by Matt Beebee of Exeter University for his essay entitled ‘Navigating deindustrialization in 1970s Britain: … Continue reading LHR postgraduate essay prize 2021

2019 SSLH Postgraduate Essay Prize winner announced

Calum Aikman, winner of the society’s Annual LHR Postgraduate Essay prize, had his article published in Labour History Review. The article is entitled “From Labourism to Thatcherism: Stephen Haseler and the Social Democratic Alliance”. It is available here. Photo: Chair of the Society of the Study of Labour History, Joan Allen, handing over the cheque associated with the prize. Continue reading 2019 SSLH Postgraduate Essay Prize winner announced

SSLH joins the BME Activities and Small Grants Scheme

The Society for the Society of Labour History has agreed to join the BME Activities and Small Grants Scheme initiated by the Social History Society, the Economic History Society and History UK, helping to fund several projects in 2019/2020. Joan Allen, chair of the SSLH, said, “Labour history has always been committed to capturing marginalised voices and a focus on how worlds of work (and non-work) relate to structural … Continue reading SSLH joins the BME Activities and Small Grants Scheme

National Archives to illuminate 1920s Britain for A-level syllabus with in-depth online resource

The National Archives have posted online an array of fascinating documents and pictures that illuminate the history of the 1920s – a decade that saw enormous changes in British society – and a University of Huddersfield professor is the expert guide to the rich resources now available. Professor of History Keith Laybourn, President of the SSLH, expert for the period, was commissioned to provide accompanying online essays covering … Continue reading National Archives to illuminate 1920s Britain for A-level syllabus with in-depth online resource

SSLH to sponsor radical hero Henry Hunt at People’s History Museum

The Society for the Study of Labour History are set to sponsor a ‘Radical Hero’ in support of the People’s History Museum, Manchester. Opting for the radical orator and hero of the Peterloo Massacre, Henry Hunt, the Society will provide £3,000 towards the continued work of the ‘national museum of democracy’. The museum hopes to attract sponsors for ’100 Radical Heroes’ and lists many unsponsored … Continue reading SSLH to sponsor radical hero Henry Hunt at People’s History Museum

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