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Association of Business Historians Annual Conference 2018

Pluralistic perspectives of business history: gender, class, ethnicity, religion

The 2018 Association of Business Historians Annual Conference will be held on 29 - 30 June 2018 at The Open University Business School in Milton Keynes.

The role of different social groups and identities in business is an important, though under researched, topic in business history. However, there is, increasing recognition that, for example, women were not simply 'angels in the home', keeping their distance, when compared with men, from the grime of the industrial revolution and the financial transactions which that involved. Social class had an impact in the City, and Quakers, for example, were important in the banking sector.

This conference aims to explore the impact of gender, social class, ethnicity, and religion on business success, fraud, funding, financial markets, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility.

Keynote speaker: Dr Joel Greenberg 

We are delighted to announce this year’s keynote will be given by author and historian Dr Joel Greenberg. His talk is entitled ‘The Business of  Signals Intelligence’. Further details are available to download



Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is now closed.

Coleman Prize for Best PhD Dissertation 

Named in honour of the British business historian Donald Coleman (1920-1995), this prize is awarded annually by the Association of Business Historians to recognise excellence in new research in Britain. It is open to PhD dissertations in Business History (broadly defined) either having a British subject or completed at a British university. Entry is now closed.


An outline programme will be available shortly.


Registration will open shortly.


Delegates should make their own arrangements for accommodation. The Hilton Milton Keynes and Kents Hill Park are a short walk from The Open University. Kents Hill Park have a limited number of rooms reserved for the conference until 27th April. The rates are £77 for bed and breakfast per night and £92 for dinner, bed and breakfast per night, for single occupancy. Please book direct via or phone +44 (0)1908 358099 quoting reference 112064. Please contact us for information on how to book the Hilton Milton Keynes to receive the University’s preferential rate, if rooms are available.

Hotel Information Things to do in Milton Keynes

Travel advice

Comprehensive travel advice to The Open University is available.

In addition to the public bus services to and from The Open University to Milton Keynes Central Station, Souls Coaches operates a peak hour station shuttle bus. The shuttle service runs directly to the station (15 minutes). Further information and a timetable is available online.

Taxis are available outside the station, however a pre-booked service is likely to be cheaper. Some taxi company phone numbers are listed online.

Booking information

Details to follow shortly.

Cancellation Policy

No refund will be given to delegates who fail to attend or whose cancellation we receive less than 10 working days prior to the specified event.

Tony Slaven Workshop

The Association of Business Historians (ABH) will hold its seventh annual Tony Slaven Doctoral Workshop on 28 June 2018, immediately preceding the 2018 ABH Annual Conference held in Milton Keynes. PhD Students are encouraged to apply to attend the Workshop.

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 09:00 to Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 17:45
The Open University Business School, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
ABH 2018 Events Team

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