• Radical Histories/Histories of Radicalism

    This international event commemorates twenty years since the death of the leftwing social historian Raphael Samuel and forty years since the founding of History Workshop Journal. The event will explore radical approaches to the past and histories of radical ideas and action through lectures, panels, performances, screenings, workshops and exhibitions. The event is organised by the Raphael Samuel History Centre. It is intended to engage a diverse audience, and to bring together practitioners of many varieties of historical research, curatorship, writing and performance, from both inside and outside the academy. 1-3 July 2016 Queen Mary University of London

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  • Joseph Cozens (University 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 to examine 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. Read his research report here

  • A Gaol Bird's Lay

    Conscientous Objectors

    A Gaol Bird’s Lay is just one of many pamphlets held at the Working Class Movement Library, Salford, which shed light on the plight of conscientious objector in the First World War. In January 1916 Conscription was introduced into Britain for the first time to ensure that there were sufficient troops to fight on the Western Front and elsewhere. Salford played a significant role in this ‘conscientious objection’ to the war. The Library has embarked on an HLF-funded Invisible Histories Project drawing upon the rich material held in its collections

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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.