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.
Media workshop for historians: free places!
14 May 2014
30 free places for historians are available on H&P's media workshop, 14 May, King's College London. Featuring experienced journalists, documentary makers and media-savvy historians, this day-long event offers first-hand insights into different forms of media, what makes a compelling story, how to engage effectively with journalists, and the uses (and abuses) of social media. H&P historians from final year PhD upwards are welcome to apply for a free place on a first come, first serve basis by emailing email@example.com (deadline 28 April). Please note this workshop complements but does not replace media training.
Report of the Miners' Strike, 30 Years On conference
8 April 2014
Organised by H&P's Trade Union Forum and the British Universities' Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA), the conference attracted nearly 100 participants to explore the legacy of the miners' strike of 1984-85. Bringing together union leaders, strike participants, historians, legal scholars and journalists, the event offered fascinating, and at times charged, insights into an industrial dispute that changed the landscape of trade unionism in Britain.
Read Roger Jeary's report: The Miners' Strike, 30 Years On
H&P historians in the news
3 April 2014
H&P historians' research into families, the working class and industrial relations in twentieth-century Britain has featured across the BBC. In BBC news online Professor Pat Thane, of King's College London, challenged the notion that until the 1960s a typical family comprised two parents and life-long marriage, with clear role models and caring concern for older relatives. Read the article: Traditional British family a myth, academic says
Dr Selina Todd, of Oxford University, spoke about working class identity on BBC Radio 4's Today programme [2.54 mins]. Dr Todd's book, The People - The Rise and Fall of the Working Class 1910-2010, is published on 10 April.
The 30th anniversary of the 1984 miners' strike sparked a BBC History Magazine interview with Professor Peter Ackers, of Loughborough University, and Dr Jim Moher, of King's College London, about role of the strike in industrial disputes.