School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Livesey House, LH320
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Subject Areas: History
David’s teaching and research traverses 20th century British social and political history with particular reference to the British Labour movement, the Anglo-Scottish Union and Thatcherism. He is a research fellow of the People’s History Museum and has played an integral role in developing the History group’s partnership with the Museum.
David completed his MA and PhD at the University of Glasgow. His doctoral thesis, which explored the impact of Margaret Thatcher’s governments on Scottish politics and the Anglo-Scottish Union, was published by I.B. Tauris in 2009. Since joining UCLan as a postdoctoral research fellow in 2006, David has played a leading role in forging partnerships with the People’s History Museum and the UK Co-operative College in Manchester. David’s research has concentrated on the Labour Party’s alliances with the trade union movement and the co-operative movement. David has supervised two AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award studentships and two UCLan fee bursary studentships, focusing on labour and co-operative history topics, to successful completion during the past year.
Ph.D. Scottish History, University of Glasgow (2005)
M.A. History, University of Glasgow (2000)
Building the Co-operative Commonwealth
External affiliations and roles
Editorial Board of Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
External examiner for BA History programme at Edge Hill University
HY1110: The Making of Britain 1688-1815
HY2001: Sources and Methods in History
HY2007 Twentieth Century Britain
HY3064 Thatcher’s Britain.
David’s research is built around three inter-related themes: the post-war ‘decline’ of Scottish Unionism; British labour movement responses to political and industrial change c.1970-c.1990; the Labour Party’s alliances with the co-operative movement and trade unions. David’s current research concentrates on the co-operative movement-Labour Party alliance in the period 1946-1997.
British Scholars Conference, University of Texas, 25-27 March 2010:
‘Unionism in retreat? The post-war ‘decline’ of Scottish unionism reconsidered’
Labour Orators: From Aneurin Bevan to Gordon Brown, University of Huddersfield, 9 November 2011:
‘Labour’s democratic socialist tribune: The oratory of Michael Foot, 1945-1983’
New Times Revisited: Society, Culture and Politics in the Long 1980s, University of Birmingham, 28-29 June 2013:
‘The Scottish road to renewal: Politics, society and the constitution in Scotland during the 1980s’
Swan Songs? Reconsidering the Death of Industrial Britain c.1970-1990, German Historical Institute, London, 17-18 October 2013:
‘“Death by a thousand cuts”: The steel industry and Conservative Party decline in Scotland, 1979-1992’
Shaping the Labour Party, Bangor University, 23-24 March 2015:
‘The politics of consumerism: The Labour Party, the Co-op and Resale Price Maintenance, 1917-1964’
Other Selected Papers
Labour and Imperialism, University of Central Lancashire, 26-27 June 2008:
‘The Labour Party and the Falklands War’
Modern British History, University of Strathclyde, 23-24 June 2009:
‘Preserving the “Contentious Alliance”? The 1985/86 trade union political fund ballots’
Can Values Make a Difference? Co-operatives – moving from the Rochdale Pioneers to the 21st Century, Co-operative Group, Manchester, 1-2 July 2009:
‘The Co-operative Party and the formation of the Social Democratic Party’
European Social Science History Conference, University of Glasgow, 11-14 April 2012:
‘British Retail Co-operatives and the politics of Resale Price Maintenance, 1945-1964’
Mainstreaming Co-operation: An Alternative for the 21st Century? Co-operative Group, Manchester, 3-5 July 2012:
‘The Co-operative Party and Resale Price Maintenance, 1949-1964’
‘The British Labour Party, “Parliamentary Socialism,” and Thatcherism, 1979-1990: A visual perspective’, Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation, Special Issue, Visual Collections as Historical Evidence, 24, 2 (2008), pp.173-189.
‘“A tragic fiasco”? The 1984/85 miners’ strike in Scotland’, Scottish Labour History, 41, 1 (2006), pp.34-50.
‘Fighting for survival: The 1980s campaign to save Ravenscraig steelworks’, The Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 25, 1 (2005), pp.40-57.
‘“The red flame of socialist courage”: The oratory of Michael Foot, 1945-92’, in Andrew Crines and Richard Hayton (eds.), Labour Orators: From Aneurin Bevan to Gordon Brown, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013).