Foundling Archive Focus Group

The children’s charity Coram is looking for participants for a focus group on the use of digital archives. The charity was recently awarded HLF development funding for a project – Voices Through Time: The Story of Care – which aims to digitise the Foundling Hospital archive. It is determined to make the resource accessible, appealing … Continued

Congratulations to David Olusoga

It has been announced that David Olusoga is to join the University of Manchester as Professor of Public History. The historian, broadcaster and film-maker studied history at the University of Liverpool and began his career as a television producer. Since moving in front of the camera, he has emerged as one of the UK’s foremost … Continued

Research using Social Care Records

Professor Pam Cox has been invited to speak about research using social care records at a symposium at The National Archives on 6 February. The symposium will bring together researchers from varied disciplines (including history, social work and information studies) to explore research with social care records. Professor Cox and other speakers will share their … Continued

Olivette Otele Confirmed as Keynote Speaker

We are delighted to confirm that Professor Olivette Otele (Bath Spa University) will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Social History Society conference. Our annual conference is the largest gathering of social and cultural historians in the UK.  Over the last four decades, it has provided a space for our members to explore the many ways in … Continued

New Editor for Cultural and Social History

The Social History Society is pleased to announce that Dr Brodie Waddell will be joining the editorial board of Cultural and Social History in January 2019. He will join Dr Vandana Joshi, Professor David Nash, and the Reviews Editor Dr Kelly Boyd. Professor Barry Doyle is stepping down after a successful term on the Board. … Continued

RHS Race, Ethnicity and Equality Report

The SHS wishes to draw attention to this important report by the Royal Historical Society on race, ethnicity and equality within our discipline. We encourage all our members to read it and to share it through their own networks. Our chair, Prof Pamela Cox, attended the launch of the report and will look forward to … Continued

Funding for Black Oxford Untold Stories

The Social History Society is supporting an event in Oxford that aims to uncover the untold story of Christian Frederick Cole imagery. Cole was Oxford University’s first Black African Scholar 1873, and became the first Black African to practise Law in the English High Court in 1884. His life is the focus of a symposium … Continued

Grants for Events

The Social History Society maintains a small fund to encourage one-day conferences, workshops and other specialist meetings run by members of the Society. We give priority to activities that would otherwise remain unfunded and that could lead to publication in Cultural and Social History or provide sessions at the annual conference. The next deadline, for … Continued

Historic England Medical Collection

The Historic England Archive has recently completed a 12 month project to conserve, digitise, and catalogue 4,071 photographic prints in the Topical Press Agency Medical Collection. The collection of prints show nursing, healthcare, social care and medicine in Britain between 1938 and 1943. Most were very well annotated, providing a remarkable insight into medical treatments … Continued

Network for BME Historians

The Social History Society is setting up a network for Black and minority ethnic (BME) historians. It is being launched in recognition of the under-representation, structural inequalities and racism afflicting UK Higher Education Institutions. Our initiative follows the plenary panel on ‘History and Diversity’ held at our 2018 annual conference, which discussed some of the difficulties facing BME … Continued