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.


The winner of the twitter photo competition, Kirsi-Maria Hytönen, took this pic of the historic dockyard.

The 2015 conference took place at the University of Portsmouth from 31 March to 2 April 2015.

The Plenary speaker was Jonathan Hyslop, Professor of African and Latin American Studies, Colgate University, USA. See the full details here»

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A Message from Penny Summerfield

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.

Dr Neil Armstrong

The Social History Society were saddened and shocked to hear of the passing away of Dr Neil Armstrong, our conference programme co-ordinator, on 27 March 2015.

We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Neil was an integral part of our community and we miss him greatly.

More details will be announced soon about how we will be commemorating Neil.

In the meantime, please pay your respects on our facebook page for Neil here.