The Sociological Review and the History of the Discipline

Time: 9:00am – 5:30pm, Thursday 11th October, 2018

Location: Keele University, UK

This one-day event intends to raise awareness of the Foundations of British Sociology archive maintained by Keele University. This remarkable resource collects a diverse array of materials from the 1880s to the 1950s, gifted to the university when the Institute of Sociology was dissolved in 1955.

‘Members of the societies founded The Sociological Review, contributed to early University teaching of Sociology, published many books and papers and collected survey material from the UK and Europe. The archive comprises personal papers, business records, newspaper cuttings, lectures, reports, plans, surveys, lantern slides and an extensive collection of books from the LePlay House Library. It includes material relating to key activists and opinion-shapers such as Victor Branford, Francis Galton, Patrick Geddes, H. G. Wells, Lewis Mumford and Alexander Farquharson on themes such as the responsibilities of the state and the citizen, planning urban development, the position of women, the role of technical education, local government reform, regionalism, the co-operative movement, rural society and the family. Researchers will find valuable materials on the origins of modern British sociology, and related social sciences such as social psychology, cultural geography, town planning and demography’ (Source, Keele University).

We look forward to welcoming delegates to Keele University where they will have a chance to explore this rich resource and discuss the enduring cultural, historical and evidentiary value of this archive for British Sociology.

Confirmed Speakers:

David Amigoni (Keele University), Helen Burton (Keele University), Gordon Fyfe (Keele University), Rachel Hurdley (Cardiff University), Rebecca Leach (Keele University), Chantelle Lewis (Goldsmiths).

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


TSRF have a limited number of places remaining to attend this workshop.
If you would like to attend, please go to

Room Location and Accessibility Information

The event will take place in the Campus Library Training Room located on the top floor of Keele University library, Keele, Staffordshire ST5 5BG

Visitors can report to the Library counter on arrival and staff will direct you to the room. The main entrance to the Library is on the second floor, up an external staircase. The accessible entrance is on ground level. Non Keele card holders should press the intercom and a Library porter will give assistance. The library has an accessible lift to all three floors of the Library and the training room is wheelchair accessible.

All toilets, including the wheelchair accessible toilet, are on the ground floor.

For more details on accessibility to the library, please see here

There are a number of disabled parking bays in front of the Library. If these aren’t available, any other space outside or near the Library can be used as long as a valid badge is displayed. A campus map and guide can be found here:


We have three bursaries remaining to attend this workshop – including childcare bursaries. You can
apply for a bursary if you meet TSRF criteria for funding: (1) unfunded postgraduate research
students, (2) Early Career Researchers (ECR) within 3 years of completion of PhD and not in receipt
of a full-time wage, and (3) others on the grounds of need (e.g. those in casual employment and not
in receipt of a full-time wage).

Travel bursaries are limited at £100.00, childcare bursaries are limited to £50.00 per day of the event and day before if needing to travel and stay overnight. Accommodation will be organised by TSRF.

The bursaries will be allocated on a first come first serve basis to those that apply for one and fulfil
the eligibility criteria.

Please note, that if you have been awarded a place at The Sociological Review's ECR writing retreat this year (2018) or a full bursary (travel and accommodation) at the Undisciplining conference or the ECR day, then you are not eligible to apply for event bursaries until next year (2019).

Contact Details

For academic enquiries related to this workshop, please contact Mark Carrigan:

For enquiries related to applications, please contact Jenny Thatcher:


If you require a visa to enter the UK for this event, it is your responsibility to check visa requirements and organise one within sufficient time to attend the event.

If you require a letter of proof of event registration and/or bursary awarded, please allow a minimum of two weeks’ notice for TSRF to produce this.

For more information on UK visas, please see here:

Speakers/Facilitators’ Biographies

Professor David Amigoni

David Amigoni is a Professor of Victorian Literature at Keele University. David is writing a monograph on social and biological inheritance in intellectual families contributing, across three generations, to scientific and literary culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Helen Burton

Helen Burton is the Special Collections and Archives Administrator at Keele University Library.

Gordon Fyfe

Gordon Fyfe is an honorary Senior Lecturer at Keele University. His research interests include visual sociology and the sociology of museums. He is currently writing a book on the subject of museum studies. He serves on the editorial boards of The Sociological Review and the Museum History Journal.

Dr Rachel Hurdley

Rachel Hurdley is a research fellow in Cultural Sociology at Cardiff University. Her latest research
project, funded by the British Academy, examines how the ‘Sociological Review Foundations of
Sociology’ Archive and the Mass Observation Archive can inform current research methodology. This is introduced in her recent co-authored paper, ‘Drawing as Radical Multimodality: Salvaging Patrick Geddes’s Material Methodology’ in American Anthropology. Small, everyday things and activities are the focus of her research on home, the workplace and museum. These include mantelpieces, corridors and memory boxes.

Dr Rebecca Leach

Rebecca Leach is a Senior Lecturer, Keele University. Her research interests include sociology of consumption and material culture. She is the principal Investigator for ESRC/AHRC funded Cultures of Consumption programme exploring intergenerational consumption patterns of the 1945-54 birth cohort as they near retirement.

Chantelle Lewis

Chantelle Lewis is a PhD candidate in the Sociology department at Goldsmiths, where she is researching mixedness in British monocultures. She is also the co-host of the Surviving Society Podcast—essential listening for anyone who wants to understand what sociology can offer to understanding contemporary issues. Chantelle previously held a research placement at the British Library on the institution’s lack of inclusion of writers and activists of colour.

Visiting Keele University

Getting here by rail

For national train times and enquiries go to:

The nearest railway stations to Keele are:

Stoke-on-Trent (5 miles/8km)

Crewe (12 miles/19km)

Buses and taxis to Keele from Stoke:

The number 3 bus leaves for Keele from a bus stop opposite Stoke station every 10-15 minutes during the day and less frequently in the evenings. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes.

You can get a taxi from outside the station directly to the University for around £10 and the journey should take 15 -20 minutes.

Getting here by car

Keele is between Junctions 15 and 16 on the M6, and is just west of Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme. We are halfway between Manchester and Birmingham.

For SatNav users please use the University post code ST5 5BG

From both Junctions 15 or 16 you should head for Newcastle-under-Lyme. From Newcastle-under-Lyme follow signs for the A525 to Whitchurch; you will find the main entrance to the University on this road.

From the north: Leave the M6 at Junction 16 signed the A500/Alton Towers.

At the motorway roundabout turn right onto the A500 for Crewe and Nantwich. The University is signposted from here and the journey time via the A500/A531 and A525 is about 20 minutes.

From the south: Leave the M6 at Junction 15 and follow the signs for the A519 into Newcastle-under-Lyme. The University is signed from the first roundabout.

From the west: Follow signs for the A525


Once on campus follow the directional signage. Campus parking is pay and display and is £6.00 a day and the visitor car park closest to the Library is the Students Union. During term time finding a parking space can be difficult – anyone arriving by car should allow plenty of time, as you may need to park some distance from the Library. A visitor parking map can be found here:

Getting here by air

Manchester Airport is nearest to Keele and is about 35 miles (56km) away.

These are also within close proximity to Keele:

Birmingham International Airport

East Midlands Airport

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

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