• 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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  • A Festival of People's History

    The Manchester Centre for Regional History is excited to announce a programme of talks in April- May 2015 on ‘People’s History’. Supported by the MMU’s Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research, the talks are part of the Humanities in Public Festival, which runs throughout the year with talks, debates, fairs, tours, and other events and activities, all of which are open to the public.

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  • Chartism Newsletter 11

    The latest Chartism newsletter (February 2015) edited by Professor Malcolm Chase can be downloaded here

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  • European Labour History Network (ELHN)

    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).

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  • '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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  • York Castle and its political prisoners

    16 April 2015

    York Castle and its political prisoners

    The University History Department and the Huddersfield Local History Society are delighted that Professor Malcolm Chase professor of Social History at the University of Leeds joins us for the Annual Memorial Lecture – “York Castle and its political prisoners: the Luddites in a broader context”.

    The lecture takes place on Thursday 16 April starting at 7:30pm in the Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre on the University campus. The event is free and open to the public with light refreshments from 7:00pm. Free parking is available on campus

  • 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 register here
    full conference programme

  • Nationalism and Internationalism in Labour History

    25 April 2015

    Nationalism and Internationalism in Labour History

    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.
    Conference Programme

  • The History of People’s History: Ideals, Meanings and Legacies

    27 April 2015

    Lecture by Professor Sally Alexander (Goldsmiths) and Professor Alun Howkins- University of Sussex/ University of East Anglia
    Monday 27th April 2015
    Geoffrey Manton Lecture Theatre 4

  • “History is the new punk”: The International History From Below Network

    11 May 2015

    Presented by Peter Box, David Rosenberg and Roger Ball
    Monday 11th May 2015
    Geoffrey Manton Lecture Theatre 4

    More information and reserve a place

  • Creating and curating community histories – independent community-led archives and the ‘useable past’

    18 May 2015

    Presented by Dr Andrew Flinn (UCL)
    Monday 18th May 2015
    The People’s History Museum

  • Chartism Day 2015

    13 June 2015

    Chartism Day 2015

    Chartism Day 2015: Newcastle upon Tyne,
    The 2015 Chartism Day will be held in Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 13 June at the University of Newcastle (Armstrong Building). Joan Allen is the lead organizer. Contributions will include papers on Chartism and the Canadian Rebellions of 1837-8, female Chartism (the Leeds radical printer and publisher Alice Mann, and Mary Ann Walker and her associates of London) and the Gwent Archives Chartism project. Everyone is welcome and the full programme will be circulated as soon as it is available. Meanwhile, save the date!

  • 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

  • First Conference of the European Labour History Network

    14 December 2015

    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):

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