News

  • Labour and the Left in the 1980s

    This conference aims to reassess Labour and the Left in the age of Thatcherism. This is the moment to take stock of Labour’s long period in the wilderness especially with an election due next year. Are there new ways of thinking about Labour and left wing politics in this period? How should we interpret this period of the left’s history? Papers will consider (amongst other subjects) Labour in opposition, the Miner’s Strike, feminism, Greenham, racial politics, trade unions, the GLC, and the cultural politics of the left.

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  • John Hugh Burland (1819-85) - Barnsley Chartist

    Barnsley College UCU branch have raised the money and organised a blue plaque marking the birthplace of John Hugh Burland, the Barnsley radical and Chartist whose Annals of Barnsley volumes are a significant source for historians of the movement in the West Riding.

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  • Transnational Labour History

    Bookings are now being taken for the Transnational and Comparative Labour Movement Conference at the University of Huddersfield, 21 July 2014.

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  • Fighting against war: peace activism in the twentieth century

    Call for papers Fighting against war conference at the 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.

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  • LHR annual postgraduate essay prize 2013

    Joseph Cozens has won the LHR annual postgraduate essay prize 2013 for his submission entitled, ‘“The Blackest Perjury”: desertion, military justice and popular politics in England, 1803-1805’.

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  • Victorian Cities Revisited

    Call for Papers for Victorian Cities Revisited: Heritage and History Conference
    15-16th October 2014

    Middlesbrough Town Hall

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  • Maxine Peake and the SSLH supports the WCML

    The Society has issued a letter in support of the Working Class Movement Library in Salford after recent accusations made in an election pamphlet by Robin Garrido. Garrido, a councillor and leader of Salford Conservative party, claims that the WCML “is not a proper accessible library, you need to make an appointment to visit. Also you can’t borrow books like you can at an ordinary library.”
    Comments made by Maxine Peake, one of the WCML trustee, in the Guardian can be read here.

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  • Chartist Newsletter 9 - April 2014

    The latest Chartist newsletter is now available. Follow the link to download a copy.

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  • Chartist Newsletter No.5

    Click here for the latest edition of the popular, sharply written and accessible ‘magazine’ that explores the history, heritage and ‘spirit’ of Chartism.

    You can also view https://twitter.com/ChartistsLive – a regular streaming of timed TWEETS giving the Chartist news as it happened exactly 175 years ago (provided by David Howell) – Newsletter AND Tweets offer a symbiotic experience!

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  • Before the Windrush

    Long before the arrival of the ‘Empire Windrush’ after the Second World War, Liverpool was widely known for its polyglot population, its boisterous ‘sailortown’ and cosmopolitan profile of transients, sojourners and settlers. A new book by John Belchem shed light on this fascinating chapter in Liverpool’s history
    you can read the press release here

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Events

  • Labour and the Left in the 1980s

    8 November 2014

    Labour and the Left in the 1980s

    This conference aims to reassess Labour and the Left in the age of Thatcherism. This is the moment to take stock of Labours long period in the wilderness especially with an election due next year. Are there new ways of thinking about Labour and left wing politics in this period? How should we interpret this period of the left’s history? Papers will consider (amongst other subjects) Labour in opposition, the Miner’s Strike, feminism, Greenham, racial politics, trade unions, the GLC, and the cultural politics of the left. The conference will host the AGM of the Society for the Study of Labour History.

    For further information, please contact the organiser, Dr. Richard Carr richard.carr@anglia.ac.uk

  • 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: phillip.deery@vu.edu.au

  • 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: matt.perry@ncl.ac.uk or Sarah.campbell@ncl.ac.uk

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