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Why red tape saves lives: the fire service, tombstone legislation and deregulating safety in Britain

Shane Ewen shows how great improvements in public fire safety are at risk in an age where successive governments are on a mission to cut "red tape" - the result is Grenfell. Will we see a return to the reactive "tombstone legislation" of the 1950s to 1970s?

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Creating ‘cruel’ welfare systems: a historical perspective

Katie Barclay reviews the operation of the nineteenth century workhouse and the twentieth century asylum to show that once emotional and financial investment in welfare systems fails, abuse and cruelty become systemically enabled. 

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Why has the UK prosecuted so few war criminals?

The UK seems to have set an unusually high bar for prosecuting war criminals, argues Jon Silverman, but a lack of transparency prevents us knowing why.

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Historians are citizens, but their expertise is even more important

Glen O'Hara calls for a new approach to Brexit from historians - personal politics should be put aside if expertise is to win through.

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Guardian article: H&P Deputy Director on the male, white voices in public history

Laura King looks at the wider context of the recent all-male, all-white "applied history" conference in Stanford.

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Promoting democracy: past and present lessons for Iran, Egypt and beyond

How can history - even ancient history - inform modern campaigning? Iranian-American democracy campaigner Mariam Memarsadeghi and Egyptologist Alex Loktionov discuss approaches.

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Reforming the Civil Service: The Next Steps report, 30 years on

Council Room, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
18:15 pm - 19:45 pm

Thirty years on from a landmark report concerned with civil service reform, co-author Kate Jenkins discusses its legacy and significance with former civil servant Sir Richard Mottram and contemporary historian Dr

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A divided democracy? Everyday politics, citizenship and social change in Britain since 1918

Small Committee Room, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
15:00 pm - 18:00 pm

Political disengagement, a lack of respect for governing institutions, and a gulf between elite and popular understandings of key political issues - are these uniquely modern issues? Often our assumptions about

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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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