Historians mark NHS at 70

It can’t have escaped your attention that the National Health Service celebrated its 70th anniversary this week. The NHS came into being on 5 July 1948. It promised universal healthcare, free at the point of use. The story of the NHS is closely bound to the contemporary British history. So it is no surprise that … Continued

National Disability Arts Collection and Archive

A new digital archive chronicling the history of disability arts in the UK has launched to the public. The National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA) is the first archive in the world to offer a major retrospective of disabled people’s art and activism. Built by Shape Arts with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts … Continued

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.

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

History UK survey on new guidance on HE collaboration with archives

History UK, the independent national body promoting and monitoring History in UK Higher Education, is working in partnership with The National Archives to revise and update the 2015 ‘Guide to collaboration between archive and Higher Education sectors‘. The updated guidance will inform partnership working between archives and higher education institutions, both in terms of research … Continued

Apna Heritage Archive Exhibition

Over a period of two years Black Country Visual Arts has brought together an exciting collection of 2000 photographs exploring Punjabi migration to Wolverhampton from the 1960s to the 1980s. The project won them ‘Best New Group’ at the recent 2017 Community Archive & Heritage Awards. Between 13 January and 18 March 2018, these photographs … Continued

Pat Thane on Asa Briggs

Asa Briggs was a towering figure in the world of social history. One of his many contributions was to serve as Honorary President of the Social History Society from its foundation in 1976 until his death in the spring of last year. His successor in that role, Professor Pat Thane, has written on his life … Continued