History & Policy works for better public policy through an understanding of history by connecting historians, policy makers and the media. We believe study of the past can offer important lessons for the 21st century.
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. These include policy papers and opinion pieces.
Application deadline for Policy Impact Skills for Historians: 13 December
Historians are invited to apply by 13 December for H&P's new short course, Policy Impact skills for Historians, which will start in January 2014 at King's College London. Open to historians of any period, the course aims to help maximise the impact of research among policy-making-and-shaping audiences. For the schedule please click here
There are 20 free places for historians (of any department, centre or institute) at King's College London. For more information and to submit your application
There are 5 AHRC-funded places for historians in the UK. For more information and to submit your application
There are 5 places on a fee-paying basis for historians in the UK. For more information and to submit your application
'Children' and the nanny state: shifting the boundaries of adolescence
4 December 2013
The Conservatives and Labour are developing policies on jobs and benefits that would remove certain rights from under-25-year-olds, building on a trend that has existed since adolescence was first defined in the nineteenth century, according to Laura Tisdall in a new H&P opinion piece.
Read the article: 'Children' and the nanny state: shifting the boundaries of adolescence
'We shall fight on the beaches': unpicking Churchill's oratorical success
2 December 2013
It is one of Winston Churchill's most famous speeches, yet is not well understood, important parts are often forgotten and many myths surround it. In the latest article for the History of Government Blog, Professor Richard Toye, of Exeter University, considers the context in which it was delivered delivered on 4 June 1940, the response from the House of Commons and public, and the oratorical characteristics that contributed to Churchill's fame.