Policy Papers

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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Prostitution and the law in historical perspective: a dialogue

A recent Parliamentary report on prostitution and the law recommended making it an offence to buy sex – which this week Northern Ireland voted for. Setting this fraught debate in historical context,...

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Opinion Articles

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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Could imperial history help US foreign policy makers?

As the UK considers joining America in bombing the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, Dr Marc-William Palen considers the light early-twentieth century theorists can throw on today’s state-sponsored...

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Szreter gives evidence to Parliamentary inquiry

H&P founder, Professor Simon Szreter, gave evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee’s inquiry into civil service skills. Listen to his comments about the importance of historical knowledge and...

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Getting into the corridors of power

‘Sounds like you are getting into the corridors of power': Rana Mitter in discussion with H&P's Lucy Delap on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking. 

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Trade unions and the First World War


King’s College London

The H&P Trade Union Forum will explore trade unionism during the First World War. This public event will feature Professor Jerry White and Dr Deborah Thom. 

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The Working Women’s Charter 40 Years On


King’s College London

This one day event will celebrate the 1974 Working Women’s Charter, explore the many challenges that working women in Britain still face, and spark ideas about how these might be overcome.

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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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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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