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

New SSLH Vice Presidents

At its recent AGM the Society for the Study of Labour History voted in favour of creating five new Vice Presidents to honour contributions made in the field of labour history. Professor Malcolm ChaseProfessor Hamish FraserProfessor Angela JohnProfessor Chris WrigleyProfessor Eileen Yeo These new appointments will join existing Vice Presidents: Baron Asa Briggs, John Halstead, Professor John F. C. Harrison Continue reading New SSLH Vice Presidents

Maxine Peake and the SSLH support the WCML

The Society has issued a a letter in support of the Working Class Movement Library in Salford after recent accusations made in an election pamphlet by Robin Garrido. Garrido, a councillor and leader of Salford Conservative party, claims that the WCML “is not a proper accessible library, you need to make an appointment to visit. Also you can’t borrow books like you can at an ordinary library.” … Continue reading Maxine Peake and the SSLH support the WCML