Keith Laybourn marks half a century at the University of Huddersfield

Keith Laybourn, Diamond Jubilee Professor Emeritus and President of the Society for the Study of Labour History, will be giving a valedictory lecture to commemorate fifty years at the University of Huddersfield. He will be speaking on ’The politics of working class gambling in Britain between c1900 and the 1960s’. The event takes place on Wednesday 25 May, between 5pm and 7pm. Booking is not … Continue reading Keith Laybourn marks half a century at the University of Huddersfield

Chartism Day 2022: report from a day of research, song and a missing friend

From ‘Shabby Feargus’ to the impact of the Northern Star’s move south and Chartists as ‘premature liberal democrats’, the first Chartism Day since 2019 was as entertaining as it was informative and thought-provoking. It had been a long-time coming. But finally, after two years in which Chartism Day did not happen as the world went into lockdowns and social distancing, more than 70 delegates were … Continue reading Chartism Day 2022: report from a day of research, song and a missing friend

Chartism Day 2022: programme online

Update: this article was published to publicise and promote the event. A full report of Chartism Day 2022 can be found here. Chartism Day returns in March 2022 after an enforced absence of two years. This year’s event, held jointly with the Social History Society, is in honour of Professor Malcolm Chase, who died in February 2020. Malcolm was a great historian of Chartism, a … Continue reading Chartism Day 2022: programme online

SSLH backs drive to conserve historic Belgian trade union banners

The People’s Flag… is in need of a little care, writes Mike Sanders. Banners and flags have played a key role in Labour movement since its inception. Trades unions and political protesters alike have marched behind banners proclaiming their objectives and values using both word and image. Nor has their symbolic importance escaped the attention of those opposed to the Labour movement. At Peterloo, the … Continue reading SSLH backs drive to conserve historic Belgian trade union banners

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

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