Promoting the study of social & cultural history

2014 committee

The Social History Society was founded in 1976 to encourage the study of the history of society and cultures by teaching, research, publication and other appropriate means.

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We organise a conference annually. The 2015 conference will be at the University of Portsmouth from 31 March to 2 April 2015. Plenary speaker will be Jonathan Hyslop, Professor of African and Latin American Studies, Colgate University, USA. See the full details here»

Why don’t you consider standing for the Society’s Executive Committee?
This year we have vacancies for:
1 postgraduate student (2-year term);
5 full members (3-year term)
the post of Communications Officer (3-year term)
Go to ‘news & events’ for more details. Deadline 28 February.

Read more about the Society»

A Message from Penny Summerfield

Social History is a dynamic and popular force within academia and in our wider society. The Social History Society was founded in 1976, when, to quote Geoff Eley, social history worked “within a self-confident materialist paradigm of social totality, grounded in the primacy of class” (A Crooked Line, 2005).

That vision of social totality was challenged in the ensuing years by developments. Confidence in the materialist paradigm took a knock: cultural history moved in to take its place.

2015 SHS Conference Registration open now!

Register for the conference now!

Download the registration form here and send to Linda Persson, Social History Society, Bowland College, Lancaster University, Lancs, LA1 4YT, UK, or

Register online –

Draft programme now available –

Early bird registration deadline is 22 February. £20 off the full price for early registration.

Click below for the full details of the Conference.

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