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Diamond Jubilee Professor 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.


  • 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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police Social Sciences
guild Social Sciences
philanthropy Social Sciences
road Social Sciences
Labor Arts & Humanities
Working Class Arts & Humanities
Law Social Sciences
working class Social Sciences

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Research Output 1975 2019

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 2 p.

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

Interwar Years

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

Working Class

'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

Lewis H. Mates, The Great Labour Unrest: Rank and File Movements and Political Change in the Durham Coalfield

Laybourn, K., 2018, Labour/Le Travail, 82, p. 288-290 3 p.

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

World War I
Political Change

Activities 1982 2018

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