Policy Papers

Mentally ill older people aren’t ‘past it’

Ageism and the repeat failure of governments to match rhetoric with resources for mental health services for older people means provision today is patchy and under-funded, argues psychiatrist and historian, Dr Claire...

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Maplin: the Treasury and London’s third airport in the 1970s

Debate in the 1970s about London’s third airport offers interesting parallels for today’s policy makers grappling with the need to increase airport capacity. Like ‘Boris Island,’ the...

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Opinion Articles

History and future of British trade identities

Dr David Thackeray, of Exeter University, argues that the history of British trade offers important insights for policy makers about major political issues today, from devolution and EU membership, to relations...

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The marrying kind? Marriage, freedom and the state in modern Britain

Love can bloom in myriad forms in 21st century Britain. In 2014 same-sex marriage was legalised and forced marriage criminalised. Is freedom of choice in marriage the touchstone of a tolerant society? Dr...

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Britain’s first Prime Minister

The first mini bio of Britain’s 52 Prime Ministers has been published on the History of Government Blog. Dr Andrew Thompson, of Cambridge University, writes about Sir Robert Walpole, often viewed as the first...

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Trade unions and the First World War

The H&P Trade Union Forum will explore trade unionism during the First World War on 15 November, 11am-1pm at King's College London. This public event will feature Professor Jerry White and Dr Deborah...

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No. 10 Guest Historian Series

H&P is working in partnership with the Prime Minister's Office and the National Archives to help revitalise the history content of the new History of Government Blog website.

H&P commissions and edits the No. 10 Guest Historian series, written by expert historians from the H&P network, as well as creating lively new biographies of previous Prime Ministers.

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