Bookings Suspended due to Covid-19

The Social History Society has been closely following updates from Public Health England and the World Health Organisation regarding the coronavirus Covid-19. We are also following advice from Lancaster University. In light of the university’s decision to suspend classroom teaching with immediate effect, we have suspended all conference bookings while we seek clarification about their … Continued

Malcolm Chase

It is with great sadness that the Social History Society has heard of the death of Professor Malcolm Chase. Malcolm was an inspirational scholar, colleague, and a friend to many in the Society. Malcolm was an active member of the Social History Society almost from its inception. After reading history at York, Malcolm moved to … Continued

Retail and minority communities: call for contributions

Historians from the University of Wolverhampton are currently compiling an edited collection exploring the relationship between retail and community in modern Britain. The chapters focus on case studies that illuminates a particular example of the way retail practices have been shaped by social relationships and vice versa. Common to all of them is a recognition … Continued

SHS and the UCU Strike

The University and College Union (UCU) has today begun 14 days of strike action in two separate legal disputes relating to pensions and working conditions. This action will involve staff working at 74 UK universities and follows a related dispute in November and December 2019. While our membership extends far beyond the university sector, many … Continued

HES joins BME Activities and Events scheme

We are delighted to confirm that the History of Education Society, UK has joined the BME Activities and Small Grants Scheme initiated by the Social History Society, the Economic History Society and History UK in 2019. The move follows similar decisions by the Women’s History Network and Society for the Study of Labour History. Collectively, … Continued

WHN joins BME Activities and Events scheme

We are pleased to announce that the Women’s History Network has joined the BME Activities and Small Grants Scheme initiated by the Social History Society, the Economic History Society and History UK in 2019. Maggie Andrews, Professor of Cultural History at the University of Worcester and chair of the WHN Steering Committee, has spoken to … Continued

Thomas Cook Archive

The Social History Society is pleased to hear that the Official Receiver has agreed to present the Thomas Cook Archive to a professional archive repository. Their decision was influenced by the Business Archives Council, which has worked swiftly to ensure the future of this unique collection of letters, brochures, posters, passenger lists and guide books. … Continued

CfP Extended for UCU Strike

The Social History Society champions the pursuit of social and cultural history in research, teaching and dissemination. While our membership extends well beyond Higher Educational Institutions, many of our members are academic historians, early career researchers or doctoral students. A proportion of those who are also members of the University and College Union (UCU) are … Continued

New SHS Public History Prize

The Social History Society has launched a new prize to recognise activities that enhance public understanding of social and cultural history. The prize has been established as a mark of gratitude to Professor Pamela Cox, who was tireless in efforts to open dialogue with different audiences while chair of the Social History Society. The Pamela … Continued

SHS 2020 CfP Issued

The Social History Society has issued a call for papers for its 2020 annual conference. The society’s conference is the largest gathering of social and cultural historians in the UK and provides an invaluable opportunity to share research with members old and new. The society is delighted to be returning to Lancaster University, which was … Continued