The SHS wishes to draw attention to this important report by the Royal Historical Society on race, ethnicity and equality within our discipline. We encourage all our members to read it and to share it through their own networks. Our chair, Prof Pamela Cox, attended the launch of the report and will look forward to … Continued
The Social History Society is supporting an event in Oxford that aims to uncover the untold story of Christian Frederick Cole imagery. Cole was Oxford University’s first Black African Scholar 1873, and became the first Black African to practise Law in the English High Court in 1884. His life is the focus of a symposium … Continued
The Social History Society maintains a small fund to encourage one-day conferences, workshops and other specialist meetings run by members of the Society. We give priority to activities that would otherwise remain unfunded and that could lead to publication in Cultural and Social History or provide sessions at the annual conference. The next deadline, for … Continued
The Historic England Archive has recently completed a 12 month project to conserve, digitise, and catalogue 4,071 photographic prints in the Topical Press Agency Medical Collection. The collection of prints show nursing, healthcare, social care and medicine in Britain between 1938 and 1943. Most were very well annotated, providing a remarkable insight into medical treatments … Continued
The Social History Society is setting up a network for Black and minority ethnic (BME) historians. It is being launched in recognition of the under-representation, structural inequalities and racism afflicting UK Higher Education Institutions. Our initiative follows the plenary panel on ‘History and Diversity’ held at our 2018 annual conference, which discussed some of the difficulties facing BME … Continued
We were sad to hear recently of the death of Professor Alun Howkins.
Alun left school at 15 for a host of manual and other jobs before returning to education in his early 20s via Ruskin College. After further studies at Oxford and completing a PhD at Essex University, he embarked on a career in which he made a real contribution to the field of social history.
We share some memories from those who knew him.
It can’t have escaped your attention that the National Health Service celebrated its 70th anniversary this week. The NHS came into being on 5 July 1948. It promised universal healthcare, free at the point of use. The story of the NHS is closely bound to the contemporary British history. So it is no surprise that … Continued
A new digital archive chronicling the history of disability arts in the UK has launched to the public. The National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA) is the first archive in the world to offer a major retrospective of disabled people’s art and activism. Built by Shape Arts with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts … Continued
The Social History Society has been encouraging and promoting innovative scholarship since founded in 1974. Nearly two years the Executive Committee decided that, to this end, we should establish a new Social History Society Book Prize. After reviewing all the submissions, the judges have unanimously decided on the inaugural winner.
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2018 Social History Society Book Prize is ‘Sleep in Early Modern England’ by Sasha Handley, published by Yale University Press.
The prize will be awarded at the upcoming Social History Society conference, which will be hosted by Keele University in June 2018.
We are delighted to announce that the 2018 Postgraduate Poster Prize has been won by Mads Linnet Perner for the poster ‘Segregated behind the walls: Residential patterns in pre-industrial Copenhagen, 1700-1850’. The prize was supported by Bloomsbury Publishing. Mads is a final year undergraduate at the University of Copenhagen and completed the research for this … Continued