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For the first time ever, the 2018 Chartism Day will be held in London, on Saturday 9 June. The venue will be University College London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury.

The day will include talks by Mike Sanders, Alison Denham, Peter Cox, Rhian E. Jones and others.

Further details on registration will be available in mid-April 2018.

Labour & Nationalism conference

Labour & Nationalism conference

The SSLH is pleased to announce a preliminary call for papers in anticipation of a conference to take place on Saturday 5 May 2018.

Labour and Nationalism will take place at the University of Huddersfield and seek to bring together Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English labour historians.

The conference involves Llafur: The Welsh People’s History Society, the Irish Labour History Society, the Scottish Labour History Society, and the Society for the Study of Labour History.

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