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At the beginning of 2018 the North East Labour History Society decided to start publishing previous issues of its Journal. So far, we have published our very first: Number 1, dated October 1967 and Issues 36 (2005) through to Issue 53 (2022).

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Journal, Number 53: 2022

  • Black-On-Tyne: the Black Presence on Tyneside in the 1860s
  • Their Lives are Our Lives. The Black presence in Gateshead in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
  • Nigel Todd and the Greening Wingrove Project
  • Roses and Revolutionists: Nigel Todd’s History of the Clousden Hill Community
  • The Progressive Decade? Politics in 1950s Newcastle
  • The Tyneside Boy Orator: The Legend Examined
  • The Labour Party in Newcastle: the struggle for office, 1945-1960
  • Uncovering Women’s Industrial Past: the Newcastle upon Tyne Branch of the National Federation of Women Workers, 1912-13
  • Red Ellen, Destroyed Intelligence Files and the Pause Button of History: the Playwright, the Biographer and Public History
  • What mining families remember about the Miners’ Strike in County Durham
  • Workers and Wages at Hetton Colliery, County Durham


Journal, Number 52: 2021

  • ‘One Aim, One God, One Destiny’? An Investigation of Black lives in Tyneside, 1939-1952
  • ‘A Bridge Across the Seas’: The Newcastle Migration Hostels for Boys and Young Women, 1927-1932
  • Children of the Revolution: Child Labour in Newcastle’s Iron and Glass Industries, c 1830-1850
  • Paul Robeson and the North East
  • The War Came Early to Sleepy Valley – Part Three, 1943-1946, D-Day Dodgers
  • Squatting in Tynemouth in 1946
  • The Labour Party in Newcastle: the struggle for office, 1945-1960
  • 1956: a year remembered
  • The Rise and Fall of Trade Union Education 1976 – 2021
  • What I Did in My Poly Days: Newcastle Polytechnic and Trades Union Education
  • ‘Let justice prevail though the heavens fall’; Thompson’s, the Miners’ Strike of 1984, and me
  • Scotswood: from green fields to green fields in a hundred years


Journal, Number 51: 2020

  • 1931 Labour’s defeat and NE England
  • Back in ’83: A General Election Revisited
  • ‘Memory Lingers Here’: Are Newcastle’s Monuments Sites of Collective memory?
  • A Time of Heroes: How we will be remembering the International Brigaders from Stockton
  • ‘Socialists and the Drama’: The Dodds sisters and the Gateshead Progressive Players between the wars
  • The Scammells are coming, hoorah, hoorah
  • A passion for miners’ welfare: two generations of Ashington’s Minoughan family, 1872-1969
  • Crowley’s Crew: From Royalists to Radicals
  • Experiences of place and loss at Newcastle West End Foodbank
  • The Primrose League on Tyneside, 1883-1901
  • Schools & Labour History


Journal, Number 50: 2019

  • Reflections on history and Social class: North East England over time
  • This Fortress of Freedom: A Study of Chartism in Gateshead
  • War, Welfare and Remembrance: A Case Study of two North Shields Ships
  • The War Came Early to Sleepy Valley
  • Raising Their Voices: Two Women of the 1930s
  • The Knights of Labour in the North East, 1880-1900
  • Discovering Joseph Swan (1794-1885). Autobiographical Reminiscences from Afar


Journal, Number 49: 2018

  • The struggle over Female Labour at the Durham Coalfield, 1914-1918
  • Fifty Years of Activism. The NELHS in its Jubilee Year
  • Bevin Boys in the North East of England, 1944-1948
  • Phil Lenton (1946-2017), a personal appreciation
  • John McNair, From Tyneside Boy Orator to a Life in Socialism
  • Plashetts Revisited: Life and Labour in a Coal Mining Outpost
  • North East Germans during World War one: from Friend to Foe
  • The Radical Road, Looking Backwards and Forwards


Journal, Number 48: 2017

  • Fifty Years of the North East Labour History Society
  • Picketing, Photography and Memory: Easington 1984-85
  • Jack Trevena: WEA District Secretary and Conscientious Objector
  • The Bagnalls of Ouseburn: Watermen, Publican, and Sporting Hero
  • Trade Unionism and Methodism
  • Rose Lumsden, a Sunderland Nurse in the Great War
  • Gender and Social Transformation in the 1970s Community Development Projects
  • Commemorative Plaques and Monuments, some recent examples
  • Davey Hopper 1943 – 2016. A Personal Appreciation


Journal, Number 47: 2016

  • A Home Rule Hotbed
  • The Cult of the Savoury Succulent
  • Welfare Work and Women’s Rights in Newcastle upon Tyne during the Great War
  • Radical Voters in the 1835 Newcastle Parliamentray Election
  • The Genteel Militant. Elizabeth Spence Watson’s Work for Women’s Suffrage and Peace
  • We Need to Talk about the Secondary Moderns. A Conversation about a Local History Project
  • Heroes all at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Campaigning for Craigielea
  • NUPE in the North, Union Organising and Activism
  • Ruskin College, Oxford 1956-58
  • Terry Conway, Folksinger, Songwriter and Working Man, 1943-2013


Journal number 46: 2015

Contains articles On:

  • Opposition to the South African War 1888-1902
  • Levellers in the North East, 1648
  • The General Strike – undermined by volunteers?
  • Health Provision for Byker’s Working Poor, 1835-1852
  • William Morris and Striking Miners, 1880s
  • Haltwhistle in the 1930s
  • An Oral History of the CWS
  • Norman Cornish and Nornam Dennis – an appreciation
  • Book reviews, project reports and NELHS news



Journal number 45: 2014

Contains articles On:

  • Brandling Place Home for Penitent Women
  • A footnote in the history of the North East Film Archive
  • The Community Development Project in North Tyneside 1971 -1977
  • Middlesbrough Football – Early history
  • Reflections on the 1984 – 5 miners strike
  • Fred Ramsey – more than a stereotype
  • Archie Potts – a Labour childhood
  • Book reviews, project reports and NELHS news



NELH Journal, volume 44Journal number 44: 2013

Contains articles On:


Volume 44, 2013

  • Consett: a photo essay Peter Brabban
  • Politics in the Piggery: Chartism in the Ouseburn 1838-1848
  • An Uneasy relationship? Labour and the Suffragettes in the North East
  • Competition, conflict and regulation: the Foyboatmen 1900-1950
  • Their Geordies and Ours, Part 1


NEH volume 43

Volume 43, 2012

Journal number 43 (2012) includes articles on:

Contains articles On:

  • Chartism and Co-operation in the North East
  • The Wallsend Owenites
  • Trade, Gender and Membership: Co-operative policy and practice in North-East England and Southern Sweden in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century
  • A new Rochdale? The Sunderland Poor Store
  • plus oral history, appreciations and reviews


NEH volume 42

Volume 42, 2011

Journal number 42 (2011) includes articles on:

  • Ray Challinor: historian and political activist
  • The Meadowell Riots 1991
  • Horace Green: trade unionist and Communist
  • Life in the shipyards and on the railways
  • The birth of Easington colliery





NEH volume 41

Volume 41

Journal number 41 (2010) includes articles on:

  • Women and the war industries on Tyneside 1914 – 18
  • Gateshead politics between the wars
  • The building of the Tyne Bridge 1920 – 29
  • The IRA campaign in the North East and the State response 1920 – 23
  • The Reign of Terror – Solomon Hodgson
  • The Newcastle Chronicle and the events of 1794
  • Plus recollections (oral history), appreciations and reviews.



NEH volume 40

Volume 40

Journal number 40 (2009) includes articles on:

  • Rural labour in Northumberland
  • Local government
  • Electoral politics in the late 19th Century North East – the Irish dimension
  • The second part of Rene Chaplin’s fascinating memoir.



Journal number 39 (2008) includes articles on:

  • Slavery and abolition
  • The Great Reform Demonstration of 1819 on Newcastle Town Moor
  • Chartism
  • Anti-vaccination campaigns
  • Jack Common & the People’s Theatre
  • plus recollections (oral history) and reviews.




NEH volume 38

Volume 38

Journal number 38 (2007) includes articles on:

  • Women’s war work in North East shipbuilding
  • The origins of district nursing
  • The 1911 seamen’s strike in the North East
  • Elisabeth Sims the Labour Pionee
  • Ouesburn 1911
  • Chartism
  • plus apprecations and reviews.




Journal number 37 (2006) includes articles on:

  • The Ashington pitmen artists
  • The fishing communities of North Northumberland
  • An 18th Century Durham miners’ strike, a 19th Century Durham miner’s wife
  • An appreciation of the author Sid Chaplin
  • An Oral History section
  • Reviews and news of the Society.



Journal number 36 (2005) includes articles on:

  • Basque children refugees on Tyneside and Cumberland
  • Second World War strikes on the River Tyne
  • Race relations in sixties Newcastle
  • The 1826 seamen’s strike on the Wear
  • Ellen Wilkinson
  • Whose Heritage: Bowes and Beamish
  • plus oral history, archive reports and reviews.



Journal number 1 (1967) includes articles on:

‘A New Society’ Edward Allen
Summaries of Papers: J. Saville, A.J. Peacock, W.R. Carside, C.J. Hunt
Programme for 1967-68
‘Tribute to Sam Watson’ by Sid Chaplin
Local records:
Introduction D.J. Rowe
Tyneside Engineer’s Papers
The Keelmen
Shipwright’s Assoc. Tyne 1795
Tyne Shipwrights Rules 1850
Wear Shipwrights Rules 1860
Wear Board of Conciliation 1853-4