• The Revolution Has Been Digitized

    The oldest public collection of radical history, the Joseph A. Labadie Collection is now available online. The University of Michigan Library has digitsed its posters on anarchism, civil liberties, feminism, labor, and other political movements. Fabulous.

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  • Charity fundraising for the WCML

    Join us for Popular Songs, Poems and Tales celebrating one hundred years of working class struggles for political and social rights
    Sunday 5 July at the Working Class Movement Library, Salford

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  • Writing Lives Survey

    The Archive of Working-Class Writing Online is a collaborative project to create a digital archive of British working-class writing since c. 1700. To help us make a strong case for the public and scholarly value of the online resource, we invite you to answer this survey about how you, your students, or members of your organization might use it.

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  • SSLH Elections

    Elections for positions on the executive body of the SSLH will be held in November 2015. All full members of the SSLH are encouraged to stand for the EC. Current post holders and their EC positions can be found here. Terms of office are for two years. Current members of the EC should indicate their willingness to stand for the EC from November 2015 for two years, with a proposer and a seconder. Other SSLH members are also welcome to apply having secured a proposer and a seconder. Nominations should be sent to by the 31st July 2015

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  • 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.

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  • Chartism Newsletter 13 (May 2015)

    Latest Chartism Newsletter can be downloaded here This issue includes further details on the annual Chartism day which will be held in Newcastle this year on Saturday 13 June 2015

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  • Northern ReSisters

    Northern ReSisters: Conversations with Radical Women
    by Bernadette Hyland. New book telling the untold stories of female activists

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  • János Jemnitz - obituary

    The Society is sorry to learn of the death of Janos Jemnitz. Janos was an historian of the Hungarian and international working class movement. An obituary written by John Halstead can be read here

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  • Chartism Newsletter 12 (April 2015)

    Read the latest edition of the Chartism newsletter here. This edition includes details of the next Chartism Day which takes place in Newcastle on 13 June 2015. download here

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    Holmfirth Film Festival Presents: Collective Bargaining by Riot.
    Young film-maker Alex Hopley has taken historian Eric Hobsbawm’s phrase to describe the Swing Riots of the early 1800s to produce a really interesting film on the Luddites which shows that there was much more to them than merely smashing machines.
    Monday 18 May 2015. Starts at 7.30pm FREE
    Venue Holmfirth Adult Education Centre

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  • William Morris in the 21st century

    5 September 2015

    William Morris in the 21st century

    William Morris Society presents a one-day symposium, examining various aspects of Morris’s legacy. The aftermath of the general election provides a very appropriate opportunity to explore Morris’s political ideas and their contemporary relevance.

    Birmingham and Midland Institute
    Margaret Street
    B3 3BS Birmingham
    United Kingdom

    full conference programme

    Saturday, 5 September 2015 from 10:00 – 17:00

  • 46th IALHI conference - Edinburgh

    16 September 2015

    46th IALHI conference - Edinburgh

    46th Annual Conference of the International Association of Labour History Institutions (IALHI)

    Call for Papers

    Global Connections in Labour History: Collecting and Discovering Migrant Workers’ Heritage

    16-19 September 2015, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh

  • Societies Beyond Borders? New Horizons in Transnational Studies

    17 September 2015

    International conference organized by the Center for Research on the English-Speaking World (CREW, EA 4399), Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle

    While open to a variety of subject matter, this conference will feature three major themes in contemporary transnational studies: the sociology of migrations; international/transnational political economy; and transnational mobilizations, both in the contemporary era and in modern history.

  • 51st ITH Conference 'Work and Non-Work'

    24 September 2015

    *24-26 September 2015
    Humboldt Universität zu Berlin / IGK Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History
    The 51st ITH Conference investigates the topic of “work and non-work” in an interdisciplinary perspective, in particular, from the point of view of the political construction of work and non-work.

    Draft programme


    for more information contact

  • Keir Hardie Conference

    26 September 2015

    Keir Hardie Conference

    Keir Hardie conference

    Keynote Speaker: Professor David Howell, University of York
    A One-Day Public Conference Working Class Movement Library, Salford, UK Saturday 26 September 2015 Conference Fee: £20 waged; £7.50 unwaged Contact Dr Deborah Mutch, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK via email: for further information

    download poster here

  • History of Adult Worker Education

    28 November 2015

    History of Adult Worker Education

    University of Huddersfield, 28 November 2015.
    For further information and details of how to submit a proposal click here
    Enquiries can be made of John Halstead

    This is a FREE conference but advance booking is necessary via Eventbrite

  • First Conference of the European Labour History Network

    14 December 2015

    First Conference of the European Labour History Network

    14 – 16 December 2015, Torino/Turin (Italy)
    The European Labour History Network (ELHN) is pleased to announce its first conference from 14-16 December 2015 at the University of Turin facilitated and hosted by Stefano Musso (President of the Società Italiana di Storia del lavoro/SISLav – Italian Society of Labour History).
    Conference language: English
    For more information please contact:
    Astrid Verburg (IISG):
    Lukas Neissl (ITH):
    click here for full details of all the working parties

    Call for Papers

    ‘Women’s work in the rural areas: a long-term perspective (XII-XXI century’ full details here

    Military Labour between XV and XX century full details here

  • Labour (dis)united. Disputed legitimacies within the British labour movement (People's History Museum, Manchester)

    4 April 2016

    This conference aims to bring together historical and contemporary perspectives on the study of the British labour movement, from the point of view of the tensions that have, time and again, challenged it, if not fractured it, from the inside.
    The study of labour organisations as such has sometimes been criticised as too institutional. Yet the organisers of the conference believe that the turn towards a “new labour history” in the 1960s-1970s and a “global labour history” since the 2000s, far from making the study of organisations outdated, has continuously generated, and will continue to generate, innovative research on traditional topics such as: the Labour Party, the CPGB, trade unions, the Co-operative movement, friendly societies, etc.
    The focus on internal dissensions seems a particularly enticing avenue of investigation, precluding any celebration of a linear and consensual “forward march of Labour”.

    Labour Disunited CFP

  • Radical Histories/Histories of Radicalism

    1 July 2016

    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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