Welcome to the Scottish Labour History Society website

The Scottish Labour History Society (SLHS) is an independent organisation comprising academics, practitioners, labour and social activists and others interested in the development and history of Scotland’s working-class, trade union, labour and co-operative movements.
 
Since 1969 the Society has been publishing an annual peer-reviewed journal, featuring articles, news and reviews on Scotland’s labour history. It also arranges conferences, seminars and events and collaborations with like-minded organisations, as well as producing occasional publications on particular aspects of Scottish working-class history.
 
SLHS produces an occasional free e-newsletter with information about the Society’s activities and other relevant material for those who are interested in Scottish labour history.
 
For more information and to join the Society, see the menus elsewhere on this page.

A detailed history of the Society, written by former SLHS chair Rob Duncan, can be found here.

The digitisation and indexing of the Scottish Labour History Journal has been facilitated by a generous grant from the Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust, which is gratefully acknowledged by the Society.

Latest Journal

2021 Journal Cover

Volume 56, 2021

Sam Purdie, The Kames Pit Disaster, 1957

Stewart Maclennan, The Workers’ Party of Scotland (Marxist-Leninist)

Chik Collins, The ‘Tremendous Social Force’ of Language: The Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Work-In and Heath’s U-Turn

Jim Phillips, The UCS Work-In, Jimmy Airlie and deindustrialization in Scotland from the 1960s to the 1990s

Mary McAuliffe, Margaret Skinnider: Scottish-born Irish radical

Joan Sangster & Charles Smith, The Future of Labour History Symposium (continued)
Working-class histories: A cross-border dialogue