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

Journal 55 Cover

Volume 55, 2020

Contents include:
A Labour History Symposium with Diane Kirkby, Matt Perry, Nick Juravich, Mary McAuliffe and Neil Evans
Anabel Marsh: Jessie Stephen, Scottish socialist & suffragette
Seán Damer: ‘Billy Banjo’: an old-time Scottish socialist
Dave Sherry: Helen Crawfurd, from Manse to Marxism
Ewan Gibbs: Remembering Scottish Communism  
John Foster: 90 Years of The Daily Worker/Morning Star
Neil Davidson & Jamie Allinson: De-provincialising 1820 (part 1)
Ian Gasse: The 1912 Ryedale glove factory strike in Dumfries