Reassessing the Penguin Specials

Reassessing the Penguin Specials


19 June    
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm


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Reassessing the Penguin Specials

In recognition of the generous gift of a full run of the ‘Penguin Specials’ from 1937 (S1) to 1961 (S192), Sheffield Hallam University is hosting a day event (starting with lunch) on Monday 19 June 2017 to explore the overarching themes and the crusading style established by the Penguin Specials. Featuring a lecture by renowned Specials expert Dean Blackburn of the University of Nottingham, it also draws on a range of other speakers, external and internal, who will share their passion for the Specials and locate them in their social and cultural context.

Papers include studies of the treatment of empire, identity, rural life, politics, and work and leisure in Britain by the Specials from the 1930s onwards. The event will highlight the major debates that were opened up by this important campaigning literature at a time of profound economic and social change.

The event is free. A buffet lunch and a wine reception is included. Proceedings will take place at City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield Hallam University, S1 1WB. The venue is close to the railway station.

To register your interest in attending, and for more information, please contact Chris Hopkins at or Antony Taylor at