Historians mark NHS at 70

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

National Disability Arts Collection and Archive

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

Book Prize Winners 2018

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.

Postgraduate Poster Prize 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

Postgraduate Paper Prize 2018

We are delighted to confirm that this year’s Postgraduate Paper Prize has been won by Stephanie Allen. She is a final year PhD candidate at the University of Hertfordshire. Stephanie’s prize-winning paper discussed the social and cultural fears of women’s bodies in early modern England, c.1540-1750. Her work uses the example of ‘counterfeit virginity’ to … Continued

Funding success for Naomi Tadmor

Recently re-elected committee member Professor Naomi Tadmor has received the Fletcher Jones Distinguished Fellowship at the Huntington Library for 2018-19. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is one of the largest research libraries in the United States. It holds a unique collection of manuscripts, rare books and ephemera that have made it a … Continued

New SHS committee member and officers

At our AGM, during our annual conference, we announced the results of elections for our committee and a number of officer posts. We’re pleased to announce new and re-elected committee members as well as our new Honorary Secretary, Communications Officer and postgraduate representative.

Full programme now available for SHS 2018

The full programme is now available for the Social History Society’s annual conference, being hosted by Keele University on 11-13 June 2018.

The programme shows the time and venue for all the papers and panels featured in the conference’s eight themed strands, the keynote lecture from Professor Keith Wrightson and History & Diversity plenary panel, the two conference dinners, a drinks reception where the inaugural SHS Book Prize and postgraduate prizes will be awarded and a special performance from Restoke paying homage to local mining communities.

Tickets now available for the SEAMS performance at Keele Uni Chapel

  Tickets are now available for the SEAMS performance that will take place in the Keele University Chapel at 6.15pm on Monday 11 June, during the Social History Society’s annual conference. SEAMS is a collaboration between Restoke and Keele University, building on the legacies of coal mining within walking distance of the University. From the … Continued

SHS committee nominations open – EXTENDED DEADLINE: 18 May

We are seeking to appoint 3 new members of the committee, as well as a postgraduate representative, and two officers – Honorary Secretary and Communications Officer. We are therefore inviting nominations for these positions by the EXTENDED DEADLINE of 18 May 2018. Historians whose area of research is chronologically or geographically beyond modern Britain and historians of colour … Continued