The Social History Society conference has been held since 1976, providing a space to come together and share the latest research and insights in social and cultural history. This page contains information on some of our most recent conferences.


5-7 July 2023

University of Essex

Keynote speaker: Miri Rubin
The Terms of Belonging in Late Medieval Cities

Plenary Panel: Social and Cultural Approaches to Movement, Migration and Borders with Margot Finn, Kat Hill, Aparajita Mukhopadhyay and Brodie Waddell



6-8 July 2022

Lancaster University

Keynote speaker: Amanda Vickery
Making British Beauty: Provincial Women and Miss Great Britain, 1945-70

Plenary Panel: Education, Training, and Opportunity with Georgina Brewis, Peter D’Sena, Laura Gowing and Peter Mandler



10-12 June 2019

University of Lincoln

Keynote speaker: Olivette Otele
Transnational History and Cultural Memory

Plenary Panel: Access denied? Challenging barriers to historical research chaired by Pamela Cox
with Jessamy Carlson, Kennetta Perry and Mark Roodhouse


11-13 June 2018

Keele University

Keynote speaker: Keith Wrightson
Counting Time in Early Modern England

Plenary Panel on History and Diversity chaired by Pamela Cox
with Miranda Kaufman, Sue Lemos, Meleisa Ono-George and Jonathan Saha



4-6 April 2017

UCL Institute of Education, London

Keynote speaker: Selina Todd
The Myths of Social Mobility 



21-23 March 2016

University of Lancaster 

Keynote speaker: Steve Hindle
Space, Economy and Community in Seventeenth-Century Rural England

Keynote roundtable on the future of social history chaired by Karen Hunt
with Kate Donington, Rohan McWilliam and Penny Summerfield



31 March – 2 April 2015

University of Portsmouth

Keynote speaker: Jonathan Hyslop
Navigating Empire: Ports, Ships and Global History