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

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

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.

Funding success for Naomi Tadmor

Recently re-elected committee member Professor Naomi Tadmor has received the Fletcher Jones Distinguished Fellowship at the Huntington Library for 2018-19. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is one of the largest research libraries in the United States. It holds a unique collection of manuscripts, rare books and ephemera that have made it a … Continued

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.

SHS committee nominations open – EXTENDED DEADLINE: 18 May

We are seeking to appoint 3 new members of the committee, as well as a postgraduate representative, and two officers – Honorary Secretary and Communications Officer. We are therefore inviting nominations for these positions by the EXTENDED DEADLINE of 18 May 2018. Historians whose area of research is chronologically or geographically beyond modern Britain and historians of colour … 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.