Lucy Noakes wins Book Prize

The Social History Society Book Prize is awarded by an independent panel of judges who look for the best original work of social and cultural history. The award is now in its fifth year and has become an established part of our calendar. We are delighted to announce that this year’s prize has been awarded … Continued

Chartism Day 2022

Malcolm Chase speaks at a Kennington Chartist Project public meeting, 28 April 2018. Photo: Stefan Szczelkun The Social History Society are proud to be supporting the Society for the Study of Labour History’s Chartism Day, which returns in March 2022 after an enforced absence of two years. This year’s event is to be a memorial … Continued

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