Asa Briggs and Labour History

Here’s a conference, open to all, celebrating the work of a distinguished historian, Asa Briggs, head of Leeds University’s School of History, 1955-61. Free, but pre-booking is recommended:

THE LABOURS OF ASA: The contributions of Asa Briggs to Labour History

Lecture Theatre G.02, Maurice Keyworth Building, Leeds University Business School, Saturday 6 May 2017


9.30 – 10.00              Arrival

10.00                         Greeting by Keith Laybourn and Quentin Outram

10.05                         Malcolm Chase: ‘ Samuel Smiles (and Asa Briggs) and                                    working-class Leeds’

10.50                        John Belchem:  ‘Beyond the Age of Improvement’

11.40                         Joan Allen:  ‘The progressive tradition and print culture at the                                   fin de siècle: The Monthly Chronicle of North Country Lore and Legend 1887-1891’

12.30-1.45                Lunch

1.30                            Poster presentations of five minutes each from PhD students

                                                Ethan Hoskings ‘Partnership, Paternalism and Peace’

                                                Hazel Perry – ‘Trades Councils’

                                                John Kimberley – ‘Industrial Relations in Birmingham in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries’

1.50                            Eileen Yeo:  ‘Rival Town Halls in Glasgow: Revisioning Asa Briggs’  work on ‘the urban public sphere’

2.30                            Peter Ackers and Alistair Reid:  ‘The Pluralist Tradition and civic society’

3.20                            Hugh Gault:  ‘The BBC, Seebohm Rowntree and social reform’

4.00                            Stephen Yeo:  ‘Remembering Asa Briggs’

4.45                            Finish