• 'Let us face the future' Call for Papers

    Call for Papers

    The People’s History Museum in Manchester is organising a conference to mark 70 years since the 1945 election. The 1945 Labour government continues to be discussed in referential terms, and Clement Attlee frequently voted as Britain’s greatest post war Prime Minister. How, 70 years after its formation, should we assess this government?

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  • The Last of the Chartist Leaders

    Come and hear Dr David Goodway talk about George Julian Harney, the last of the great Chartist leaders. The talk takes place at the People’s History Museum on Saturday 7 February 2015

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  • Journal issue on ‘Transnational Solidarities and the Politics of the Left’

    Based on a conference funded by the SSLH, Charlotte Alston and Daniel Laqua have edited a themed issue of the European Review of History, exploring ‘Transnational Solidarities and the Politics of the Left, 1890–1990’. The journal content can be accessed via The publication brings together the work of twelve historians who shed light on coalition-building within and beyond the left. In doing so, they cover the activities of socialists, communists and anarchists as well as the protagonists of the ‘new social movements’. Taken together, the different articles shed light on the way mobilised support for campaigns that transcended national boundaries.

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  • Call for Papers: Socialism and the Cold War

    Call for Papers

    Conference on ‘Socialism and the Cold War in Western Europe’ at Queen’s University Belfast on 17-18 April 2015

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  • Interviewees wanted for WWII oral history project

    Did a member of your family fight alongside the British in the Second World War or arrive as a war worker, prisoner of war or refugee? A research project at the University of Huddersfield is recording the histories of the different national groups which spent time in the North of England during World War II as part of a project investigating the diversity of Britain’s war time population.

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  • Papers of Bill Wedderburn

    The Modern Records Centre at Warwick University has launched an appeal to raise money to catalogue the papers of Bill Wedderburn. The centre needs to raise £40,000 to cover the costs of an archivist for 12 months to sort and arrange the papers, and to digitise selected materials.

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  • Call for Papers: History of Adult Education

    The Autumn SSLH conference will be held at the University of Huddersfield on 28 November 2015. The theme of the conference is the History of Adult Worker Education. For further information and details of how to submit a proposal click here

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  • Eddie Cass (1937-2014)

    The Society was sorry to hear of the death of Eddie Cass. Eddie played an important part in guiding The People’s History museum after its arrival in Manchester and had wide ranging scholarly interests. An obituary written by Alan Fowler for the Guardian can be read here.

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  • Historical Studies in Industrial Relations

    The journal Historical Studies in Industrial Relations was established in 1996 to stimulate interest in the historical field of industrial relations and the history of industrial relations thought. Broadly speaking it covers the employment relationship and economic, social and political factors surrounding it – such as labour markets, union and employer policies and organization, the law, and gender and ethnicity. Find out more about HSIR here
    Table of content for latest issue here.

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  • Support the People's History Museum

    Reverse the £200,000 cut in funding to The People’s History Museum in Manchester.
    Please stop the cuts and save this national treasure. Sign Petition here

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  • Fighting against war: peace activism in the twentieth century

    11 February 2015

    Fighting against war: peace activism in the twentieth century

    Conference: University of Melbourne, Australia, 11-13 February, 2015
    Throughout the twentieth century, labour movement activists have been in the forefront of challenges to war and militarism. This conference, hosted by the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, seeks to restore their role to our historical memory.

    For further information contact:

  • Shaping the Labour Party Conference 2015

    23 March 2015

    Shaping the Labour Party Conference 2015

    To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the election of the first majority Labour government in 1945, the School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology at Bangor University will be hosting a conference on the history of the Labour Party, entitled ‘Shaping the Labour Party’. The Conference will take place on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th March 2015.

    More information

  • Socialism and the Cold War

    17 April 2015

    Socialism and the Cold War

    Conference on ‘Socialism and the Cold War in Western Europe’ at Queen’s University Belfast on 17-18 April 2015
    With a focus on Western Europe, this conference will explore ideological responses to the sustained period of Superpower tension between 1945 and 1989. Diplomatic studies of the Cold War have, of course, abounded and, more recently, there has been an increasing interest in the cultural aspects of the Cold War. Yet the Cold War was, in fundamental respects, a war of ideas and it these that this conference will seek to understand in greater depth. With coverage that includes Britain, it will consider Social Democracy, the New Left, Communism and Eurocommunism as well as labour and the trade union movement more widely. Anti-socialism and anti-communism will be prominent themes. This conference will further examine transnational trends through the impact of European integration and the development of human rights as well as reflecting on the diversity of national experiences. It will also consider American and Soviet views of West European Socialism in its various guises.

    This conference is sponsored by the Society for the Study of Labour History (SSLH) and Queen’s University Belfast.

    Please submit a 300-word abstract of your proposed paper, together with a short cv, to Dr Paul Corthorn ( by 16 February 2015.

  • Nationalism and Internationalism in Labour History

    25 April 2015

    This one-day conference will explore the entangled relationship between nationalism and internationalism both in the pasts of workers and in the political formations that addressed working-class concerns. Having become increasingly aware of the problems of methodological nationalism, institutional history and Eurocentrism, labour historians have expressed a significant interest in transnational phenomena. However, this line of enquiry must not obscure the ongoing role of nationhood both as an idea and as an organisational principle. The conference will shed light on competing and interrelated strands of activism and their connections with imperial rule, globalising processes and nation-building. The event seeks to explore the complex ways in which ideas, people and social contestation circulated beyond borders. It shows how individuals, parties and social movements negotiated the intertwined tenets of nationalism and internationalism in these contexts.
    Organisers invite papers around the following themes:

    • Nationalism and internationalism in the intellectual history of labour.
    • Activists, transnational networks and their reconfigurations of socialist, communist or anarchist movements.
    • Relations between labour and nationalism in anti-colonial struggles.
    • Labour, nationalism and internationalism during wars and in post-war settlements.
    • Historic globalisations, labour and nationalism.
    • Syntheses of class and nation in ideology, identity, consciousness and discourse.

    Keynote speaker: Dr Emmet O’Connor (University of Ulster)

    Deadline for proposals (300 word abstract and one page CV): 30 January 2015

    For proposals or further details: or

  • 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

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