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.

SHS at Research and Innovation Infrastructure Roadmap launch

In January 2018, our chair, Professor Pamela Cox, recently represented the Social History Society at the launch of UKRI’s ‘research and innovation infrastructure roadmap’.

This marks the start of a UK-wide mapping of research infrastructure across all disciplines, including history.

It’s very important that historians are involved in this by, for example, ensuring that key archives, libraries, collections and more are included.

New Directions book series launched in collaboration with Bloomsbury

The Social History Society is pleased to announce the publication of the first title in our new book series with Bloomsbury, New Directions in Social cultural History. The series is edited by the editors of this collection, Sasha Handley, Rohan McWilliam and Lucy Noakes, with James Cook. You can find out more about the new series … Continued

SHS Chair meets with founder of Historians without Borders

Our chair, Pamela Cox, recently met with Erkki Tuomioja , founder of Historians Without Borders. This organisation was set up in 2015 to create new ways for historians to contribute to conflict resolution and prevention.  Recent HwB initiatives have included meetings between Russian and Ukranian historians hosted by the German Historical Institute, the University of … Continued

Linda Persson to retire

As Eric Evans, Honorary Vice-President of the Social History Society, writes, some recent news will mean a big change for the SHS. Linda Persson, the Society’s Administrative Secretary, has informed the Committee that she intends to retire with effect from the end of August. To say that her retirement was received with regret would be a huge … Continued

SHS 2017 Prize Winners

The Social History Society awards two prizes to postgraduates each year for their contribution to our annual conference. This year the £200 prize for best paper was won by Sophie Greenway, a PhD student at the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick, for her paper Producer or consumer? The house, the … 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

SHS 2016 Postgraduate Prize Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of our postgraduate prizes for best paper and best poster at our recent 40th anniversary conference. This year our annual prize for best paper by a postgraduate researcher was kindly sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis. The winner of the £200 prize was Kate Gibson of the University of … Continued