Jonathan Saha explains why so many SHS members are on strike

We are now five days into a strike called by the University and College Union (UCU), with another nine days of walkouts scheduled over the next two weeks. The strike has been called to defend the University Superannuation Scheme (USS), the pension scheme that staff in most pre-1992 UK universities are part of. Jonathan Saha explains why so many members of the Social History Society have felt compelled to take part in this industrial action, and why the dispute is particularly worrying given recent changes to patterns of employment in UK university History departments.

New book explores the history of Africans in British art

Members of the Social History Society will be interested to hear news of a new book by Dr Temi Odumosu, published by the Harvey Miller imprint of Brepols Publishers, on Africans in English Caricature 1769–1819. Black Jokes, White Humour. Between 1769 and 1819 London experienced an unprecedented growth in the proliferation of texts and images … Continued

History UK survey on new guidance on HE collaboration with archives

History UK, the independent national body promoting and monitoring History in UK Higher Education, is working in partnership with The National Archives to revise and update the 2015 ‘Guide to collaboration between archive and Higher Education sectors‘. The updated guidance will inform partnership working between archives and higher education institutions, both in terms of research … Continued

SHS at Research and Innovation Infrastructure Roadmap launch

In January 2018, our chair, Professor Pamela Cox, recently represented the Social History Society at the launch of UKRI’s ‘research and innovation infrastructure roadmap’.

This marks the start of a UK-wide mapping of research infrastructure across all disciplines, including history.

It’s very important that historians are involved in this by, for example, ensuring that key archives, libraries, collections and more are included.

Keith Wrightson amongst speakers confirmed for 2018 conference

We are delighted to announce the line-up of speakers for the two plenary sessions at our next annual conference, which will be hosted by Keele University on 11-13 June 2018. The keynote lecture will be given by Keith Wrightson, Randolph W. Townsend Jr. Professor of History at Yale University. Keith has long been a hugely influential … Continued

New Directions book series launched in collaboration with Bloomsbury

The Social History Society is pleased to announce the publication of the first title in our new book series with Bloomsbury, New Directions in Social cultural History. The series is edited by the editors of this collection, Sasha Handley, Rohan McWilliam and Lucy Noakes, with James Cook. You can find out more about the new series … Continued

SHS Chair meets with founder of Historians without Borders

Our chair, Pamela Cox, recently met with Erkki Tuomioja , founder of Historians Without Borders. This organisation was set up in 2015 to create new ways for historians to contribute to conflict resolution and prevention.  Recent HwB initiatives have included meetings between Russian and Ukranian historians hosted by the German Historical Institute, the University of … Continued

Apna Heritage Archive Exhibition

Over a period of two years Black Country Visual Arts has brought together an exciting collection of 2000 photographs exploring Punjabi migration to Wolverhampton from the 1960s to the 1980s. The project won them ‘Best New Group’ at the recent 2017 Community Archive & Heritage Awards. Between 13 January and 18 March 2018, these photographs … Continued

Linda Persson to retire

As Eric Evans, Honorary Vice-President of the Social History Society, writes, some recent news will mean a big change for the SHS. Linda Persson, the Society’s Administrative Secretary, has informed the Committee that she intends to retire with effect from the end of August. To say that her retirement was received with regret would be a huge … Continued

SHS 2017 Prize Winners

The Social History Society awards two prizes to postgraduates each year for their contribution to our annual conference. This year the £200 prize for best paper was won by Sophie Greenway, a PhD student at the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick, for her paper Producer or consumer? The house, the … Continued