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Labour History Research Unit research

The Labour History Research Unit gained its first external grant in 2008, when The British Academy awarded funding to Professor John Shepherd for his research on 'The British Winter of Discontent, 1978-79'.

This project was based on a range of archival sources (including recently released Cabinet papers) and interviews with key witnesses (politicians, policy advisors, trade unionists and journalists) and, following a successful conference, was published by Manchester University Press.

Since then, we have gone on to produce a number of projects and reports, and publications (such as Dr Richard Carr's One Nation Britain), host a range of events (including an evening with Roy Hattersley), and conduct various polls on the direction of the current Labour Party.


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Postgraduate research and other enquiries

The Labour History Research Unit welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD and MPhil research students, as well as people interested in participating in different aspects of our activities.

For more information please contact Dr Jonathan Davis or Dr Rohan McWilliam.