Catherine Hall Awarded Leverhulme Medal and Prize

We are delighted that Professor Catherine Hall has been awarded the prestigious Leverhulme Medal and Prize for 2021. Professor Hall is a long-time friend and Honorary Vice President of the Social History Society, whose work in the fields of class, gender and postcolonial history will be well known to members. The Leverhulme Medal and Prize … 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

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. 

Historians call for review of ‘Life in the UK’ test

Over 180 historians have today written to the Home Office to protest at the misleading and false representation of slavery and empire in the UK Citizenship test. The signatories include many of our members, as well as our chair, Professor Naomi Tadmor, who has signed on behalf of the Social History Society. We are proud … Continued

Open and Free Access Materials for Research

The Institute of Historical Research is collecting links to accessible online materials to help those undertaking research in present circumstances. The list seeks to consolidate existing activity and will be of particular value to MA and research students. They are also asking for additional recommendations from the wider historical community to make the resource as … 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

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