Friday, 16 September 2016

Important information regarding SLHS

Welcome to the (temporary) home of the Scottish Labour History Society. We were previously to be found at www.scottishlabourhistory.org.uk (this address no longer works), and we are in the process of migrating information across to the new site to make information about our activities and access to our e-journals easier. In the meantime, profuse apologies for the upheaval - the old site ceased to work at rather short notice!

If you are a current subscriber and wish to access our existing run of e-journals, please email scottishlabourhistory@gmail.com (again, the old info@scottishlabourhistory, secretary@ etc email addresses are no longer functioning), and we will provide you access to an online folder with the journals.

If you wish to subscribe to the journalplease email either scottishlabourhistory@gmail.com or stewart_maclennan@btinternet.com and upon payment we will post a physical copy out to you and provide access to the e-journals folder.

Current annual subscription rates are: £15 waged, £10 unwaged, £30-40 institutional (print only, or print + online). Subscription gives you access to our 51 years of online back issues, plus discounts to attend our conferences and events, AGM, and other public meetings.

More information will appear here in due course, or via the tabs on the right. In the meantime, please bear with us!

SLHS Committee.


Conference Report - Edinburgh 2016

The Scottish Labour History Society held its annual conference on links between Scotland and the Easter Rising at Edinburgh’s City Chambers on 23rd April 2016. This was appropriate as it took place both the day before the Rising’s centenary, and just a stone’s throw from the birthplace of one of its leaders, the socialist, republican and trade unionist James Connolly. The conference was co-sponsored by Luath Press in conjunction with their recently published volume, Scotland and the Easter Rising, which was offered to delegates at a discounted price. Four of the day’s contributors, Kirsty Lusk, the collection’s co-editor, Shaun Kavanagh, Owen Dudley Edwards, and Allan Armstrong feature in the book.


The conference was opened and closed by the Scottish Labour History Society committee member Ian Gasse, and Anne Lindsay, who performed Irish republican and socialist folk songs. The day began with John Callow, a GMB political officer, opening a lively discussion of his newly published James Connolly and the Reconquest of Ireland. Next Chloe Alexander ,who completed her Ph.D at the University of Aberdeen on James Connolly’s ‘socialist apprenticeship‘ in Scotland, and a contributing author to the journal on Connolly in 2014, presented on Scottish responses to the Dublin lockout and Easter Rising.  This was followed by contributions from Shaun Kavanagh and Kirsty Lusk, Ph.D students at the University of Glasgow, on Irish republican activities in Greenock and the role of the Coatbridge born socialist, Margaret Skinnider, in the Easter Rising. The conference concluded with an address from the Owen Dudley Edwards, the renowned and emeritus scholar of the University of Edinburgh’s School of History and Archaeology . Owen paid tribute to Ian Bell, Connolly’s Edinburgh-based descendent and journalist, republican, and self-identified Communist. Afterwards Allan Armstrong led conference delegates on a walk through the Cowgate where Connolly was born and initially engaged in political activism within Edinburgh’s ‘Little Ireland’.