Saturday, 30 March 2013

Tailored Trade: Clothes, Labour and Professional Identity, 1880-1939

The AHRC-funded 'Tailored Trades' network is coordinated by Nicole Robertson (Northumbria University) and Vike Plock (University of Exeter). It involves a series of linked workshops and public events, investigating the significance of clothes and costumes in the development of professional communities. Partners include the Bishopsgate Institute (London) and the People’s History Museum (Manchester).  The network conference will take place on 12-13 September at the Bishopsgate Institute. You can find further information about the network via the project website.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Programme: ‘Histories beyond borders: exploring transnational and international histories’

Date: 30 April 2013, Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne)

Location: Lipman Building (City Campus), room 033



10.15 – 10.45

10.45 – 11.15 

Dr. Daniel Laqua (Northumbria): ‘Taking Transnational Steps: From Theory to Practice'

11.15 – 12.45

‘Foreign Matters: international approaches to national history’

Lee Collins (Northumbria): ‘Generosity, Sacrifice and Wholeheartedness: British Aid to the Soviet Union during the Second World War’

Paul Simpson (Northumbria): ‘Interwar Labour internationalism in transnational perspective’

Postgraduate Research Projects in Context – group work facilitated by Prof. Máire Cross (Newcastle University) and Dr. Matt Perry (Newcastle University)

12.45 – 13.45


13.45 – 15.15

‘The uses of archives: transnational research and national politics’

Dr. Charlotte Alston (Northumbria): ‘Russian and Eastern European archives’

Dr. James Koranyi (Durham University): 'Studying national minorities across national borders’

André Keil (Northumbria): ‘Archives and transitional history: the example of German archives’

15.15 – 15.45


15.45 – 16.30

Oliver Moss (Northumbria): ‘Current and future funding opportunities for international research’

17.00 – 18.30        

Keynote - Labour and Society Research Group Paper

Rebecca Gill (University of Huddersfield): ‘International relief work in war and peace: British activism in foreign conflicts, 1870-1919’

HISTORY BEYOND BORDERS - PGR and ECR training event announced (Northumbria Uni, 30 April)

‘Histories beyond borders: exploring transnational and international histories’

30 April 2013, Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne).
The Histories of Activism research group at Northumbria University is holding a full-day workshop titled ‘History beyond borders: exploring transnational and international histories’ on 30 April 2013. The workshop is designed to introduce and discuss recent trends in research regarding international and transnational history. During the event, postgraduates and early-career researchers will have the opportunity to discuss their own research with established academics in this field and to connect with the wider research community.

The workshop will also include two training sessions concerned with post-doc funding and the use of overseas archives, which will give attendees the opportunity to raise any issues that they have encountered during their research. The day will conclude with a seminar paper by Dr Rebecca Gill (University of Huddersfield) on the transnational dimensions of British war relief work in the late 19th century. For the full programme, please click here!

To stimulate discussions during the day, attendees will be asked to provide a short description of their research (approx. 250 words). The organsers will also circulate a brief discussion paper before the actual event in order to stimulate debate on the day.

As we have only limited spatial capacities, we would like to ask all interested persons to register for the workshop. If you wish to attend, please contact:

For further information on the Histories of Activism research group please visit:

Twitter: @ActivismHistory

What we do (among other things...)

‘Activism’ is constantly in the news. From tuition fees to global justice, from consumer protection to human rights – there is hardly an issue which isn’t subject to the efforts of campaigners, lobbyists or pressure groups. How did different forms of activism take shape in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? This question informs the work of the Histories of Activism research group, which brings together staff and doctoral students at Northumbria University. The group examines political protest, the efforts of interest groups, the promotion of alternative economic and social models, as well as the measures for the protection of particular groups in society. Since its foundation, the group organised a range of workshops and conferences, initiated various training events and prepared several publications.

Our research acknowledges that ‘activism’ occurs in different forms and at different levels. Action at a local level can be motivated by the desire to ‘make a difference’ through campaigning and the creation of community organisations. Examples range from cooperation in the provision of credit and welfare services to militant campaigning for the rights of a particular ethnic group. At the same time, the concerns of the research group transcend class, race, and gender boundaries.

Northumbria University hosts several microfilm collections that facilitate research on activism:
  • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), 1917-1978
  • International Workingmen’s Association, 1868-1878
  • Anti-Slavery International (formerly the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society)
  • Anti-Slavery Reporter (1825-1994) 
  • Students for a Demoratic Society (SDS) papers, 1958-1970