Policy Papers


The case for Brexit: lessons from the 1960s and 1970s

Contrary to Eurosceptic opinion today, the UK did not stumble blindly into the EEC in 1973, nor vote to stay on a false prospectus, argues Dr Adrian Williamson, who considers lessons from the...

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Magna Carta and contemporary constitutional change

The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta is an opportunity to enrich constitutional debates today argues Dr Andrew Blick, who challenges misconceptions about English and UK constitutional history. 

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Opinion Articles


Historians for Britain and the ‘historical perspective’ on Europe

As debate about controversial political issues such as Europe accelerates, Dr Tom Charlton challenges historians to acknowledge the contestabilty of their interpretations - particularly when used to advocate for...

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The political art of duelling

Dr Margery Masterson, of the University of Bristol, considers lessons from the etiquette and politics of nineteenth-century duelling in light of a curious challenge to UKIP leader Nigel...

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News


History of fatherhood helps ex-offenders

Dr Laura King, co-founder of the H&P Parenting Forum, is collaborating with West Yorkshire’s probation services to create new resources based on her research into fatherhood to support...

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Last few places for Change conference

The Friends of the Earth-H&P conference on 3 June is almost full. Book now to discuss how and why change occurred in the past and how this knowledge can be harnessed by civil society actors today.

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Events


Why change happens: what we can learn from the past

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Great Hall, Strand Campus, King's College London, 9am-6pm

This H&P-Friends of the Earth conference explores the factors that cause or hinder large-scale change. 

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Projects


H&P works with historians on the policy engagement elements of funded research projects. We broker exchanges with policy makers and shapers in order to make research accessible and to maximise its impact. Currently, H&P is involved in three projects on a costed basis.

Agents of future promise

With their apparent innocence and potential as future citizens, children have often been used by adults to represent a particular notion of the future. Led by Dr Laura King (Leeds), Dr Vicky Crewe (Cardiff), and Dr Lindsey Dodd (Huddersfield), this AHRC-funded project explores how, why and with what effects children have been ideologically used in British and French history, from the late 19th century to the post-war era. With Save the Children and War Child, the project will also consider how past insights can influence present practice.

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Imagining markets

This AHRC-funded research network examines conceptions of Europe, Empire, Commonwealth and China in Britain’s economic future since 1900 - a tumultuous period characterised by debates about free trade v. protectionism, the decline of the imperial economy and rise of the European Union. Led by Dr David Thackeray, Professor Andrew Thompson and Professor Richard Toye (all Exeter), the network connects historical and contemporary ways of thinking about Britain’s future global economic orientation. The implications for Britain’s trade and investment in the Commonwealth today will be explored with policy makers.

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Historical child sex abuse

Given current concerns about the extent of sexual abuse in the past, how might historians contribute to our understanding of what went wrong and prevent future mistakes? This ESRC-funded project, undertaken by a team of researchers - Lucy Delap (Cambridge), Dr Louise Jackson and Dr Louise Settle (Edinburgh) and Dr Adrian Bingham (Sheffield) aims to inform and contextualise present-day debates in Britain by examining key moments over the last 100 years when abuse reached public awareness through media, criminal justice or policy.

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About Us


H&P is a unique collaboration between the Institute of Contemporary British History at King's College London and the University of Cambridge.

We are the only project in the UK providing access to an international network of more than 500 historians with a broad range of expertise. H&P offers a range of resources for historians, policy makers and journalists.

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