Book Prize Winners 2018

The Social History Society has been encouraging and promoting innovative scholarship since founded in 1974. Nearly two years the Executive Committee decided that, to this end, we should establish a new Social History Society Book Prize. After reviewing all the submissions, the judges have unanimously decided on the inaugural winner.

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2018 Social History Society Book Prize is ‘Sleep in Early Modern England’ by Sasha Handley, published by Yale University Press.

The prize will be awarded at the upcoming Social History Society conference, which will be hosted by Keele University in June 2018.

New SHS committee member and officers

At our AGM, during our annual conference, we announced the results of elections for our committee and a number of officer posts. We’re pleased to announce new and re-elected committee members as well as our new Honorary Secretary, Communications Officer and postgraduate representative.

Full programme now available for SHS 2018

The full programme is now available for the Social History Society’s annual conference, being hosted by Keele University on 11-13 June 2018.

The programme shows the time and venue for all the papers and panels featured in the conference’s eight themed strands, the keynote lecture from Professor Keith Wrightson and History & Diversity plenary panel, the two conference dinners, a drinks reception where the inaugural SHS Book Prize and postgraduate prizes will be awarded and a special performance from Restoke paying homage to local mining communities.

Tickets now available for the SEAMS performance at Keele Uni Chapel

  Tickets are now available for the SEAMS performance that will take place in the Keele University Chapel at 6.15pm on Monday 11 June, during the Social History Society’s annual conference. SEAMS is a collaboration between Restoke and Keele University, building on the legacies of coal mining within walking distance of the University. From the … Continued

SHS 2018 Conference Bursary Winners Announced

Postgraduates and early career scholars have always been central to the activities of the Social History Society. To this end, we’re pleased to be working with Keele University to provide four bursaries of up to £400 to enable them to give papers at this year’s annual conference.

We’re delighted to announce the four winners of these bursaries. Each of them significantly impressed the panel with the high quality of their work, and ably demonstrated how the ward would help them. The diversity of their work also reflects the many different strands of scholarship represented and supported by the Social History Society.

Historian and former SHS committee member John Archer dies

Members of the Social History Society will be saddened by the news that our friend and colleague, Dr John Archer, died suddenly on 24 February, aged sixty-six.

A long-standing member of the Society, John was a former member of the Executive Committee (2001–4).

In this post, Dr Andrew Davies shares his thoughts on John’s important contribution to the history of crime and rural protest.

SHS Statement on the USS Pensions Dispute

The Social History Society has released an official statement on the UCU industrial action, in which many of our members are currently participating.

The statement emphasises our belief ‘that universities should work to maintain the conditions of employment under which academics were originally employed, including pensions’. It also notes the degree of precarity often faced at the beginning of academic careers and that the proposed changes to the USS pension will significantly add to precarity at the end of academic careers as well.

Click the link above to read the full statement.

Jonathan Saha explains why so many SHS members are on strike

We are now five days into a strike called by the University and College Union (UCU), with another nine days of walkouts scheduled over the next two weeks. The strike has been called to defend the University Superannuation Scheme (USS), the pension scheme that staff in most pre-1992 UK universities are part of. Jonathan Saha explains why so many members of the Social History Society have felt compelled to take part in this industrial action, and why the dispute is particularly worrying given recent changes to patterns of employment in UK university History departments.

New book explores the history of Africans in British art

Members of the Social History Society will be interested to hear news of a new book by Dr Temi Odumosu, published by the Harvey Miller imprint of Brepols Publishers, on Africans in English Caricature 1769–1819. Black Jokes, White Humour. Between 1769 and 1819 London experienced an unprecedented growth in the proliferation of texts and images … Continued