Speaking at Roger Mayne exhibition 25 May 2017

I’ll be talking as part of a panel on this photographer’s work in working-class districts of postwar London. More details here


Myths of Social Mobility: lecture, April 2017

On 5 April 2017 I am giving the keynote lecture at the annual Social History Society conference. I’ll be talking about ‘The myths of social mobility in 20th century Britain’. This event will be at the Institute of Education in London. You may need to register for the conference to attend. For more details see the Social History Society website.

Social mobility debate

On 13 Dec 2016 I joined Alan Milburn and others to debate “seeking social mobility solutions: is equality of opportunity in higher education and the professions possible within the current system?” at Inner Temple in London.  SOLD OUT

Flappers and Factory Girls in Leeds

On 5 October I’m giving a free public talk at Leeds Central Library on Flappers and Factory Girls: how young women changed Britain. This invitation, from historians Kate Dossett and Laura King at Leeds University, means a lot to me. As readers of The People will know, my mum hails from Hunslet in Leeds. My first book, Young women, work, and family in England 1918-1950 has a front cover photo of young women workers at a Leeds factory (it is currently priced at 93 quid by Oxford University Press; more than most of those women earned in a year). I am very grateful to the wonderful West Yorkshire Archive Service for allowing me to use that photo and for their help in locating it. For lots of reasons Leeds is a very special city, and I’m delighted to be invited to speak there. For more details see the Events page.

Shelagh Delaney event, 3 Nov 2016

On 3 November 2016 come to Salford’s brilliant Working Class Movement Library to learn more about Shelagh Delaney from me, and to see MaD Theatre Company read a new play by Charlotte Delaney, Sweet Responsibility, about women and friendship. More on the events page.