• Tailored Trades: Clothes, Labour and Professional Communities 1880-1939

    This AHRC funded network, coordinated by Vike Plock and Nicole Robertson, is a series of linked workshops and public events investigating the significance of clothes and costumes in the development of professional communities. Partners include the Bishopsgate Institute (London) and the People’s History Museum (Manchester).

    The network’s final conference will take place at the Bishopsgate Institute, London, on 12-13 September. For more details see the ‘events’ page.

    Further details about the network, and virtual exhibition, here»

  • Joseph Cozens (Univesrity of Essex) Civil and Military Relations & Popular Protests in ENgland

    Joseph Cozens (University of Essex): Civil-Military Relations and Popular Protests in England, 1790-1805

    Joe Cozens recently received a postgraduate bursary from the SSLH, which will fund archival research for his PhD thesis. Joe’s research examines the experiences of ordinary men who enlisted into the armed forces during the Revolutionary French Wars. His thesis also investigates the state’s increasing use of the army and the auxiliary forces to suppress popular disturbances in England during the final decades of the eighteenth century.

  • Notice of the founding of New Harmony, Indiana, 1825

    Notice of the founding of New Harmony, Indiana, 1825

    Notice of the founding of New Harmony, Indiana, in 1825 inviting families to apply to live there. The notice details the trades and skills that will be needed there to make the community successful. The New Harmony venture only lasted three years. The community suffered from overcrowding and not having the appropriate skills to farm the land. In 1828 Owen handed the estate over to his sons and returned to Britain.

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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.