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

Vol 54 Journal Cover

Volume 54, 2019

Contents of the 2019 journal include:
John Foster, Kenny MacAskill & Rory Scothorne: Jimmy Reid biography symposium
Ewan Gibbs & Jim Phillips: Remembering the Auchengaich mining disaster
Alan McKinlay, John Boyle & William Knox: Unionising BSR in East Kilbride, 1969
Rory Stride: Women, Work & Deindustrialisation: the case of James Templeton & Son, Glasgow, 1960-81
Adam McInnes: Deindustrialisation and Gordon Brown's approach to devolution in Scotland
Ian Gasse: The 1905 Dumfries Bakers' Strike