The Social History Exchange is a digital forum that continues the formal and informal discussions of our annual conference all year round.

It consists of three exchange blogs. One reflecting on and showcasing the latest in social and cultural history research. Another discussing developments in and experiences of learning and teaching social history. And a third on social history beyond the academy.

To read the latest posts just click on any of the links below. If you’d like to contribute, please see our contributor guidelines and contact the relevant exchange editor.

Our intention is that, once the exchanges are up and running, each current editor will hand over to an early career scholar. If you are interested in taking on editing any of the SHS exchanges, please contact the relevant editor to discuss the possibility.


General queries should be directed to

Community Exchange

Our Community Exchange aims to foster links across history-making spaces—from museums and archives, streets and groups, stage and screen—and to open up dialogue between the many different audiences for social history. We welcome contributions showcasing public history events, as well as think pieces on community history, co-production, or how scholarship can be transformed by conversations beyond the academy.

Editor: Henry Irving


Teaching Exchange

The Social History Society is not only concerned with historical research and writing. Learning and teaching are also central to the social and cultural history scholarship we seek to encourage and promote. This exchange provides a space to discuss developments and experiences relating to social history education, principally at university level.

Editor: Helen Rogers


Research Exchange

Research is at the heart of what we do as social and cultural historians - it underpins everything, including teaching and public engagement. The Research Exchange not only welcomes contributions that showcase the findings of specific research projects and publications, but also those thinking about the experiences and ideas generated by doing research.

Editor: George Gosling