Policy Papers

The provision of school meals since 1906: progress or a recipe for disaster?

From the 1870s onwards many poor schoolchildren regularly went to school underfed and unable to benefit from the new compulsory elementary education. Alan Finch traces the ups and downs in provision and uptake of subsidised school meals since 1906, and notes the deterioration in recent years.

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The housing crisis as the long-term casualty of austerity politics, 1918-2018

Brian Lund shows how a century of stop-start building has flowed from relatively short-termist austerity decisions of successive government - despite the clear long-term pay-offs that arise from maintaining house building at reasonable levels.

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Opinion Articles

Brexit and the mythologies of nationalism: a warning for Wales

Richard Marsden explores the historical distinctions between nationalist movements in Scotland, Ireland and Wales - and what this means for the UK after Brexit.

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Mines: the original “autonomous weapons” and the failure of early 20th century arms control

Combat drones are a contentious topic, but these are not the first "autonomous weapon" in history. Richard Dunley on the early twentieth century precedent of mines, and the lessons for those seeking arms control today.

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H&P Director gives evidence to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

The session covered a range of constitutional questions including some highly topical material around no confidence motions, with much important historical context.

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Lessons from history: contextualising historical child sexual abuse and safeguarding

H&P historians collaborate with Farrer & Co in afternoon of talks on child safeguarding

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Voluntary organisations’ archives and records: Why do they matter?

British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH
10:30 am - 19:00 pm

A one day conference exploring the importance of records and addressing key challenges of preservation and access, organised by the British Academy Research Project (ARP) Digitising the Mixed Economy of Welfare. The

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The Open University is running a series of short online public lectures in 2019 focussed on the ways that our view of the past and the present interact.

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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 an expanding Partnership based at King's College London and the University of Cambridge, and additionally supported by the University of Bristol, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Leeds, the Open University, and the University of Sheffield.

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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