Selling Watercress, Salisbury
by John Dempsey (credit: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery)

The Social History Society is based in the UK but is concerned with social history internationally and it all its broadest forms. We welcome not only contributions and members from overseas, but also historians and interested individuals from both inside and outside the formal academic community. We actively seek to maintain links with other historical societies and bodies.

The Society is a friendly community, ranging from postgraduates and early career to senior scholars, whose activities include:

  • Representing the history profession: to national funding councils and to government bodies
  • Annual conference: showcasing the newest and cutting-edge research in social and cultural history
  • New Directions in Social and Cultural History: our book series published by Bloomsbury
  • Cultural and Social History: our quarterly, peer-reviewed journal
  • Grants and prizes: supporting and celebrating the best in social and cultural history scholarship

Find out more about the benefits of SHS membership

Society Structure

Four officers and an executive committee are elected by postal vote of the society membership, with the results announced at the annual general meeting, held during the annual conference.

Anyone who has been a member of the Society for a year is eligible to stand for committee membership. The Economic History Society appoints a representative to the executive committee (the Social History Society is also represented on the council of the Economic History Society).

The executive committee appoints one honorary president and up to four honorary vice presidents.

Download the Constitution of the Social History Society