Archive for June 3rd, 2010


details of Jim Fyrth’s funeral

The funeral is on June 10th. at 2.0 p.m.  in Torbay Crematorium, Torquay.   Gathering afterwards in Totnes.

Please send us your contact details if you would like to attend and we will put you in touch with his family.


No to Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson, the British historian most closely associated with a rightwing, Eurocentric vision of western ascendancy, is to work with the Conservatives to overhaul history in schools. Amidst all the other Con-Dems cuts and attacks on education, allowing an open apologist for imperial rule to re-shape the history curriculum just adds insult to injury – and must be resisted like all the other cuts and attacks.


Jim Fyrth

It is with immense sadness that we learn of the death of Jim Fyrth, one of our most distinguished members who made an enormous contribution to the work of the SHS and its predecessor over many decades.
Jim served on the committee of the SHS for many years and only stepped down latterly because of ill health. He remained keenly interested in the activities of the Society.
We send condolences to his family.
Details of the funeral will be made available shortly.

A brief biography for those who did not know him.
Jim Fyrth

A distinguished Marxist historian and teacher specialising in British trade union and labour history of the 20th century. He took a particular interest in the Spanish Civil War, a subject on which he produced two books, one co-edited with Sally Alexander.
He was an active member of the SHS and its predecessor and a frequent contributor to Socialist History Society publications. He was also active in the Society for the Study of Labour History and contributed to the Dictionary of Labour Biography.

His Main Publications
An Indian Landscape 1944-1946, SHS OP 2001.
The Foundry Workers: A Trade Union History, 1959
Labour’s High Noon: Government and Economy, 1945-1951, editor, 1993
Labour’s Promised Land? Culture and Society in Labour Britain, 1945-1951, editor, 1995
The Signal was Spain: The Spanish Aid Movement in Britain, 1936-1939, 1985
Women’s Voices of the Spanish Civil War, co-editor with Sally Alexander, 1991
Britain, Fascism and the Popular Front, editor, 1985

I feel privileged to have known him.

David Morgan
SHS Secretary

June 2010
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