Founded in 1967, the North East Labour History Society is Britain's oldest regional labour history society. It is dedicated to the study of working people's history in the region, particularly during the modern period. We have a committee drawn up from labour historians and activists in the region. We encourage an atmosphere of debate and discusson on both historical and contemporary issues.

Latest: A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE NORTH EAST

Please note that November's First Tuesday will take place, exceptionally, on Monday 4th  at Newcastle Central Library (6th Floor) starting at 5.30 p.m. The event will be the launch of our new project A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE NORTH EAST.    Everyone is welcome.

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Members of the society are involved in various projects, including the mapping of workers' history in the region since the second world war. We have a strong interest in recording the lives of people who contributed to the history of this regional with a strong committment to oral history. We are also keen to find and save personal effects and papers of relevance to North East history.

We publish an annual journal, North East History and a series of Newsletters. To learn more about working people's history in the North East, check out our Readers' Guide and add to it your own favourites.

We organise public meetings on a roughly bi-monthly basis with a monthly workshop/discussion group, First Tuesday and also social events such as walks, river cruises, coach trips and music nights. We carry news and reports on this web site of our activities.

Our new web-site includes a message board/discussion page. Users are invited to contribute information and opinions on relevant issues.

Follow this link to find out more details about joining the society.

We also have links to other interesting history and archive websites.

We have been privileged to sort and file the papers of recently deceased labour movement activists Len Edmondson and Eric Walker. Their material is now available for researchers at the Tyne and Wear Archives, Blandford Street, Newcastle. We would be happy to discuss with anyone the destination of any such material.




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An early journal with cover illustration drawn on a wax stencil

An early issue of the Society's journal with cover illustration drawn on a wax stencil. The journal has been published annually since 1967.

The first 23 volumes were produced painstakingly: typed on stencils, collated and stapled in an office at Newcastle Poly by Joe Clarke, Ray Challinor,Terry MacDermott and Archie Potts.

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Len Edmondson

Visit our Who Was Who section to learn more about Len Edmondson, and other figures from the recent history of the North East.