Autobiography of Syd Bidwell

Labour Heritage is delighted to announce publication of the autobiography of Syd Bidwell who served as Labour Member of Parliament for Southall 1966 – 1992, and was well known in his day for his stand against racism.

‘Southall became a place of settlement for many workers and later families from the Indian sub-continent. Read on ...

Socialist History Newsletter

The Summer 2020 Newsletter may be downloaded from here…

  • Tributes to Deborah Lavin, Malcolm Chase and Mike Pentelow
  • Reviews of Ghosts of West Virginia, London Story 1848, The Mayflower in Britain, The End of Policing, Insurgent Empire and The Defeat of Gilgamesh
  • Reports of Marxism in Art conference and a project on German Left-Wing Exiles in the UK.
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Deadly Persuasion

Teaching the Cold War: A Study of School History Textbooks
by Helen Mercer, Greta Sykes and Jan Woolf,
Reprint in digital form for the 75th anniversary of VE Day
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This pamphlet was researched and written between 1983 and 1985 during the “second Cold War” and was launched at a press conference at the House of Commons chaired by Tony Benn. Read on ...

Mugsborough Then & Now

The story of Robert Tressell and his book has been told and re-told by various authors, each account framed in accordance with their own perspective. His novel has also been the subject of academic scrutiny and literary criticism, but the approach adopted here is different. This new book focuses on the striking, not to say shocking parallels with modern day Britain, comparing Tressell’s descriptions of early 20th century Britain and with their 21st century counterparts. Read on ...

Deborah Lavin

From David Morgan, Secretary of the Socialist History Society:

It is with deep sadness that I have to inform everyone of the death of our comrade and friend, Deborah Lavin, a very active member, a serious historian and excellent speaker, who organised some excellent lecture series in recent years at Conway Hall.

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