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Labour History Review Essay Prize 2020

Labour History Review Essay Prize 2020

The SSLH is delighted to announce that University of Exeter doctoral student Matt Beebee has won the 2020 LHR essay prize for his work on the social and cultural impact of the closure of Bilston steelworks, Wolverhampton, in the 1970s. It will be published as an article in the journal in late 2020.

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Enter the 2021 prize here.

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 Tom Scriven on Chartist electoral strategy and the bifurcation of radicalism; Steven Parfitt on the Scottish Sons of Labour and American Knights of Labor in the late nineteenth century; and Samuel S. Hyde on newspaper cartooning and the Labour Party, 1900-1914.

Labour History Review, Volume 85, Number 2, 2020

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 hereĀ»

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

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