Historians from across the UK joined with BBC journalists, independent documentary makers and social media professionals to discuss the challenges and opportunities of getting history into the headlines - well, at least in print and on air! Among the speakers - Broadcasting House presenter Paddy O'Connell, Newsnight's Laura Kuenssberg, Puffles the Dragon Fairy Whitehall watcher and Antony Carpen, plus historians Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock, Professor Helen Weinstein and Paul Lay, History Today Editor.
History & Policy's Trade Union Forum and the Trades Union Congress will host a one day conference on 13th June 2014 at Congress House, London to explore the crucial role of trade unions in protests that have taken place across the global south. The conference will examine protests from the end of imperialism to the present day and the relationship between trade unions and the state. The conference is free and open to all, on a first come, first serve basis.
In BBC news online Professor Pat Thane, of King's College London, challenged the notion that until the 1960s a typical family comprised two parents and life-long marriage, with clear role models and caring concern for older relatives. Read the article: Traditional British family a myth, academic says
Dr Selina Todd, of Oxford University, spoke about working class identity on BBC Radio 4's Today programme [2.54 mins]. Dr Todd's book, The People - The Rise and Fall of the Working Class 1910-2010, is published on 10 April.
The 30th anniversary of the 1984 miners' strike sparked a BBC History Magazine interview with Professor Peter Ackers, of Loughborough University, and Dr Jim Moher, of King's College London, about role of the strike in industrial disputes.
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