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Social History 2020

Social History 2020

Lancaster University, 29 June – 1 July 2020

The Social History Society’s annual conference is the largest gathering of social and cultural historians in the UK. For more than four decades, our members have transformed historical research, exploring the many ways in which our social worlds are made, imagined, shared and shattered.

The conference is an opportunity to share the results of research with members old and new. The programme will be organised by eight thematic strands, ranging across time and space, from the (pre)medieval to the present.

View the call for papers here. Deadline: 11 Dec 2019
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Latest issue of Labour History Review

Latest issue of Labour History Review

The latest edition of the SSLH’s journal, Labour History Review, includes articles by Simon Dell on visualising labour and the USSR; Matt Perry on photojournalism and the French unemployed in the 1930s; and Benjamin Partridge on photographing factory gates during the 1968 strikes in France.

Labour History Review, Volume 84, Number 2, 2019

Featured Document - John Fielden and William Fitton Letter

Featured Document:
John Fielden and William Fitton Letter

This letter was exchanged between Radical reformers John Fielden and William Fitton in 1836.

Fielden was involved in Reform Bill agitation in Manchester in the 1830s. Fitton, surgeon, was indicted for seditious activity in 1819.

The Society

Founded in 1960, the Society for the Study of Labour History (SSLH) is the UK’s principal organisation dedicated to the study of labour history.

Membership is open to everyone who would like to learn more about labour history and heritage whether on a professional or amateur basis.

The SSLH publishes the journal the Labour History Review, organises regular conferences and actively promotes the preservation of historical resources connected to the labour movement.

Labour History Review

Since 1960 Labour History Review has explored the working lives and politics of ‘ordinary’ people. It has played a key role in redefining social and political history.

Membership to the Society is secured by means of a subscription to LHR. Find out about other membership benefits and how to subscribe here»

If you are interested in submitting articles to the LHR you can find out more here»

Student members are also eligible to apply for the SSLH postgraduate bursary

Archives & Resources

Since its foundation the SSLH has actively encouraged the preservation of labour history archives, objects (banners, cartoons, ephemera)and printed collections.

The Archive and Resources Sub-Committee includes staff working at key archives, libraries and museums whose collections tell the story of the British labour movement.

Find out more about their unique collections here