• University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

The topics are indicated above and my current and recent researchers are listed above. I have successfully supervised 39 PhD students, 3 Phils and 4 MAs by Research. I have externally examined 21 PhD students , 6. MPhils and an MA by Research student. I have acted as internal examiner to 16 PhD students.I have also been Independent Chair in 5 recent PhDs.

  • 81 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
1975 …2020

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Personal profile


Diamond Jubilee Professor Emeritus of the University of Huddersfield since April 2012

Professor of History  September 1991- April 2012

Senior Lecturer in History 1975-1991

Assisant Lecturer, 2,1 and Lecturer in History 1971-1975

PhD University of Lancaster 1972

MA (Distinction) on Social History 1969

PGCE of the University of Manchester 1968

B.Sc in Social Sciences University of Bradford 1967

Research Expertise and Interests

I study and research into nineteenth century and twentieth century British history, focussing upon British Labour history, the history of the Communist Party, the Independent Labour Party, the Labour Party and other similar organisations. I have also researched and written on the hiistroy of policing in Britain, gambling, lesiure and sports. Much of my research deals with the years 1900 to 1950. I have published about 50 books and about 100 articles and chapters on this subject as well. I am willing to supervise students on any of these topics and have successfuly supervised 40 PhD students and externally examined 22 PhD students and many MA and M. Phil students.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century British History focusing upon British labour history, socialism, politics, policing, gambling, greyhounds racing and philanthropy.
  • British Labour History
  • Policing of Social Movements
  • Gambling
  • Women's History
  • Sport history
  • Football pools

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Research Output

The Independent Labour Party, 1914-1939: The Political and Cultural History of a Socialist Party

Laybourn, K., 3 Jun 2020, 1 ed. Abingdon & New York: Routledge. 246 p. (Routledge Studies in Modern British History)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Book Review: The Roadhouse Comes to Britain: Drinking, Driving and Dancing, 1925-1955, by David W. Gutzke and Michael John Law

    Laybourn, K., 11 Mar 2019, English Historical Review, 134, 567, p. 506-508 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

  • Going to the Dogs: A History of Greyhound Racing in Britain, 1926-2017

    Laybourn, K., 14 Jan 2019, 1 ed. Manchester: Manchester University Press. 240 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • 'A Divine Discontent with Wrong': The People's Martyrology

    Laybourn, K. & Outram, Q., 30 Jan 2018, Secular Martyrdom in Britain and Ireland: From Peterloo to the Present. 1 ed. p. 1-29 29 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Book review: Laura Beers, The Life of Ellen Wilkinson, Socialist, Feminist, Internationalist (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2016)

    Laybourn, K., 1 May 2018, In : Labour/Le Travail. 81, Spring 2018, p. 302-304 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review


    Labour and Nationalism

    Keith Laybourn (Organiser)

    5 May 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    A Movement Divided: The Labour Movement and the Great War

    Keith Laybourn (Speaker)

    24 Jun 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    In Search of Phantom Fortunes: Working-Class Gambling in Britain c.1906-61

    Keith Laybourn (Speaker)

    16 May 2014

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Society for the Study of Labour History (External organisation)

    Keith Laybourn (Chair)

    6 Nov 2012 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of a Society or Institute

    Barnsley Heritage Unit (External organisation)

    Keith Laybourn (Member)

    1 May 2011 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Press / Media

    The Ramsden family estate in Huddersfield on BBC Radio Leeds

    Keith Laybourn


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment