The Miners’ Lockout

This image comes from a recent addition to Bishopsgate Institute archives: a photo album bearing the inscription ‘Memories of the Miners Lock-out 1926 Fife’ (Ref: Labour History Manuscripts/67). The Miners’ Lockout was part of the General Strike of 1926, called by the General Council of the TUC (Trades Union Congress) in an attempt to prevent the Government of the day from lowering the wages and … Continue reading The Miners’ Lockout

Transnational Borrowings: Scottish Sons of Labour and American Knights of Labor, 1887–1890

Author: Steven ParfittThis is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2020), 85, (2), 127–156. Find out more. Between 1883 and 1900 an American working-class movement, the Knights of Labor, spread around the world. Their assemblies appeared in Europe, Australasia, and Southern Europe, as well as North America. Yet they also inspired a range of emulating movements in different parts of the world. … Continue reading Transnational Borrowings: Scottish Sons of Labour and American Knights of Labor, 1887–1890

Ann-Marie Foster (Northumberland) on the Senghenydd mining disasters and the ephemera of remembrance

In 1913 the worst mining disaster ever to occur in the UK happened at the Universal Colliery in the small village of Senghenydd. This disaster, in which 440 men died, followed just twelve years after another explosion in the same colliery in which 81 men perished. This double tragedy in Senghenydd makes it a significant site of research, not only because of the death toll, … Continue reading Ann-Marie Foster (Northumberland) on the Senghenydd mining disasters and the ephemera of remembrance