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

Alun Howkins (1947-2018)

We were sad to hear recently of the death of Professor Alun Howkins.

Alun left school at 15 for a host of manual and other jobs before returning to education in his early 20s via Ruskin College. After further studies at Oxford and completing a PhD at Essex University, he embarked on a career in which he made a real contribution to the field of social history.

We share some memories from those who knew him.

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

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.

Postgraduate Poster Prize 2018

We are delighted to announce that the 2018 Postgraduate Poster Prize has been won by Mads Linnet Perner for the poster ‘Segregated behind the walls: Residential patterns in pre-industrial Copenhagen, 1700-1850’. The prize was supported by Bloomsbury Publishing. Mads is a final year undergraduate at the University of Copenhagen and completed the research for this … Continued

Postgraduate Paper Prize 2018

We are delighted to confirm that this year’s Postgraduate Paper Prize has been won by Stephanie Allen. She is a final year PhD candidate at the University of Hertfordshire. Stephanie’s prize-winning paper discussed the social and cultural fears of women’s bodies in early modern England, c.1540-1750. Her work uses the example of ‘counterfeit virginity’ to … Continued

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