50th Anniv. of ‘Scottish Labour History’ devoted to Oral History

Posted on 16/12/2011 by


The Scottish Labour History Society has recently published a volume focussing on oral history. The Society was formed in 1961 and to celebrate their 50th anniversary, they have devoted the current issue of the journal, Scottish Labour History (Volume 46) to oral history. The content includes an introduction to the journal,  Fiftieth Anniversary Guest Editorial: Working Class History and the People’s Voice by Andrew Perchard, and articles on:

  • The Scottish Labour History Society: A Retrospect by Robert Duncan
  • Writing Workers: Re-reading Workplace Autobiography by Tim Strangleman
  • Jimmy Reid: Fragments from a Political Life by Alan McKinlay
  • “Danger was something you were brought up wi’”: Workers’ Narratives on Occupational Health and Safety in the Workplace by David Walker
  • Voices of Piper Alpha: enduring injury in private memory, oral representation and labour history by Terry Brotherstone and Hugo Manson
  • Oral History, Occupational Health and Safety and Scottish Steel, c.1930 –1988 by David Bradley
  • “After that strike we was never keeped doon… “: The Scots Herring Girl Strikes, 1900 – 1950 by Jill de Fresnes


  • Terry Brotherstone is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen and Director of Lives in the Oil Industry.  Amongst his numerous publications are Covenant, Charter and Party: traditions of revolt and protest in modern Scottish history (ed.) (Aberdeen University Press, 1989), Freedom and Authority: historical and historiographical essays (ed.) (Tuckwell Press, 2000), and the forthcoming, These Fissured Isles.
  • David Bradley is a doctoral student at Glasgow Caledonian University, investigating the Scottish steel industry and occupational health
  • Robert Duncan is vice-chair of the Scottish Labour History Society, and author of The Mineworkers (Birlinn, 2005) and Sons of Vulcan:Ironworkers and Steelmen in Scotland (Birlinn, 2009)
  • Jill de Fresnes is Skills for the Future Project Manager at the Royal Commission for Ancient and Historical Monuments Scotland.
  • Hugo Manson is a Research Associate of the Scottish Oral History Centre (SOHC), University of Strathclyde, a trustee of the Scottish Working People’s History Trust, and has been a committee member of the OHS and was a co-founder of the New Zealand Oral History Archive.  Formerly he was also Senior Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen, and Project Manager on the Lives in the Oil Industry project.
  • Alan McKinlay is Professor of Management at the University of St Andrews School of Management, and the author of numerous works in the fields of business, labour and organisational history
  • Andrew Perchard is Secretary of the Scottish Labour History Society, Research Coordinator at the SOHC, and a Trustee of the Scottish Working People’s History Trust.  Amongst his publications are The Mine Management Professions in the Twentieth Century Scottish Coal Mining Industry (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2007), and the forthcoming, Aluminiumville: Global Business, Government & the Scottish Highlands (Crucible, 2012)
  • Tim Strangleman is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent.  His publications include Work Identity at the End of the Line? Privatisation and Culture Change in the UK Rail Industry (Palgrave, 2004), (with Tracy Warren) Work and Society (Routeledge, 2008), and forthcoming The Sociology of Work: Critical Concepts in Sociology (ed.) (Routeledge, 2012)
  • David Walker is Research Fellow at the SOHC working on the AHRC-funded ‘The Voice in the Museum’ project (in conjunction with Glasgow Life).  His publications relate principally to the history of occupational health in the workplace.

For copies of the journal , which come with membership of the Society, please contact Dr Andrew Perchard, email:  andrew.perchard [AT] strath.ac.uk

Membership is open to individuals, organisations, libraries and other institutions.  Current subscription to the Scottish Labour History Society includes membership for 2012, a copy of Scottish Labour History, the Society’s annually published journal, and other membership benefits, including reduced attendance fees to events organised by the Society.  Members are welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting. Current UK subscription rates are: Individual £15; Unwaged £10; Institutional £25.

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