Committee Nominations 2021

If you would like to become more involved in the Social History Society, now is the time to consider standing for election to the SHS committee! This is a bumper year with two officer roles and a committee role available for re-election, and one committee and one postgraduate representative role for election. We are inviting nominations … Continued

Postgraduate Prize

We are delighted to announce that our Postgraduate Prize has reopened. Due to the changed format of our annual conference this year, we are re-running this as a Postgraduate Exchange prize in place of our traditional Postgraduate Poster and Paper prizes. This year, we are inviting blog submissions that relate to our conference plenary on … Continued

The Future of History at Aston and LSBU

The Social History Society is dismayed at the news that undergraduate History programmes are under threat at Aston University and London South Bank University. These are the latest in a series of cuts and threats to Humanities teaching in the English HE sector, mostly among post-92 institutions. Alongside the personal distress these cuts cause to … Continued

Call for Papers

Our annual conference will be taking place online, over two weeks from 28 June-9 July 2021. The conference has been deliberately designed for online delivery. Instead of replicating a physical event via Zoom, we have spread the event over a longer time frame to allow speakers and audience to dip in and out without fear … Continued

RHS Asks Government to Clarify its Position on Historical Research

The Social History Society has signed a letter from the Royal Historical Society to the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden MP, asking for clarification on the government’s position on the funding of historical research. An excerpt of the letter was published in The Sunday Times on 21 March 2021. The full text of the letter, together with its … Continued

Public History Prize

The SHS is delighted to re-open the Public History Prize, established in 2019 as a mark of gratitude to our outgoing chair Professor Pamela Cox. The prize is open to postgraduate or postdoctoral historians within a year of their viva. Applicants are required to demonstrate excellence in taking their research beyond the academy and are … Continued

Joint BME Events and Activities Small Grants

The Social History Society is proud to administer a small grants scheme to support BME history on behalf of eight learned societies. The Joint BME Events and Activities Scheme supports both projects undertaken by Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) historians working in the UK or projects exploring histories of BME people. Funding decisions are made by … Continued

Events and Activities Grants

The Social History Society is aware that the COVID-19 emergency continues to negatively affect historians. One of the ways we have supported our members during the crisis is by making temporary changes to our Grants schemes. For example, we postponed the October 2020 Events and Activities round to introduce an Emergency Grants Fund to provide … Continued

Committee Election Results

The results of the Social History Society’s latest committee elections were announced at our Annual General Meeting in October. As a society, we are proud to be led by our members and are grateful to everyone who participated in the election. This year saw an exceptionally strong field of candidates and ended in a tied … Continued

Penny Summerfield, FBA

To celebrate Penny Summerfield’s election as Fellow of the British Academy, we spoke to her about her career and the importance of social and cultural history.