Inaugural Lecture: Professor Keith Gildart

Whatever Happened to Labour History? Work, Class and Culture in Twentieth Century Britain

Keith GildartDate: Thursday 11 May 2017

Time: 5 - 6pm

Venue: MH002, Mary Seacole Building, Nursery  Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1AD

In this lecture Professor Gildart will explore the rise, fall and potential future of labour history. Reflecting on his research on the coal industry, labour biography and working class culture, the presentation takes the form of an autobiographical and intellectual journey visiting diverse subjects such as mining trade unionism, the supernatural, and the cultural politics of rock 'n' roll and northern soul.

About the speaker

Keith Gildart is a Professor of Labour and Social History. After working as an underground coal miner for seven years he studied at the universities of Manchester and York.

His research interests are focused on nineteenth/twentieth century British history, labour movements, working class politics, youth culture and popular music. Keith has published widely on British labour history, most notably a monograph on the North Wales Miners and numerous articles and edited collections on coal mining history. He is an editor of the multi-volume 'Dictionary of Labour Biography', for which he has contributed entries on British Labour Members of Parliament and important trade union figures.

His most recent book is 'Images of England through Popular Music: Class, Youth and Rock ā€˜nā€™ Roll, 1955-1976' (Palgrave, 2013).  He is currently working on a monograph titled 'Keeping the Faith: A History of Northern Soul' (Manchester University Press) and a project on the industrial and political culture of mining communities in post-war Britain. He has appeared on television documentaries for the BBC, commentated on news items on radio, and for the local and national press.

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4.30pm - 5pm: Light Refreshments (The Forum ā€“ Second Floor Lord Swraj Paul Building)

5pm - 6pm: Inaugural Lecture (MH002 Lecture Theatre - Mary Seacole Building) 

6pm: Drinks reception (The Forum ā€“ Second Floor Lord Swraj Paul Building)

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