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

Stuart Macintyre 1947 – 2021

We are sorry to hear that the eminent Australian socialist and labour historian Stuart Macintyre has died aged 74. Professor Macintyre published extensively on the history of Australia and the Australian Left, and as co-author of The History Wars (2003) provided the leading academic challenge to conservative narratives of the country’s history. For many, however, his greatest work is his account of the emergence of … Continue reading Stuart Macintyre 1947 – 2021

John L Halstead (1936-2021)

John Halstead, who has died aged 85, was among the earliest members of the Society for the Study of Labour History, and over a period of six decades occupied nearly every post within the Society, contributing his time and expertise unstintingly to serve as editor, chair, secretary and latterly vice-president. Born in Huddersfield, and educated at Highburton Church of England elementary school and Penistone Grammar … Continue reading John L Halstead (1936-2021)

Fifty years a labour historian: SSLH President Keith Laybourn on half a century at Huddersfield University

As a school leaver, Keith Laybourn was told, “Don’t be too ambitious”. This year, the SSLH President marks thirty years as a professor and fifty as an academic at the University of Huddersfield. We asked him about a lifetime in labour history Continue reading Fifty years a labour historian: SSLH President Keith Laybourn on half a century at Huddersfield University

Malcolm Chase (1957-2020)

Malcolm Chase, who has died aged 63, will be best remembered as the leading historian of Chartism. More than this, he was the foremost historian of all kinds of popular radicalism and labour movement activity in late-eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Britain, rescuing the reputation of agrarian radicalism and charting the development of early trade unionism as far back as the seventeenth century, a period into … Continue reading Malcolm Chase (1957-2020)