History & Policy

Connecting historians, policymakers and the media

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History & Policy is a unique collaboration between scholars at the University of Cambridge and King's College London. The H&P Public Affairs Office is based at King's and attached to both the Institute of Contemporary British History and Department of History.

Lucy Delap

Director of History & Policy


H&P is working in partnership with the Prime Minister's Office to revitalise the history content of the Number 10 Downing Street website.

Lively new biographies of previous Prime Ministers, an exciting monthly feature by expert historians and fresh content on the history of Downing Street itself are among the new features. H&P is continuing to work with Number 10 to publish new material during 2013.

Simon Szreter

Director of History & Policy


Simon Szreter is a Fellow of St John's College and Professor of History and Public Policy at the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge. Simon co-founded the History & Policy website in 2002 and is now joint managing editor of the site.

He is an expert on demographic history with extensive experience of inter-disciplinary work. His most recent book is Sex Before the Sexual Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He is also the author of Health and Wealth: Studies in History and Policy (Rochester University Press, 2005). Through his current work on civil registration, Simon is involved with several interdisciplinary initiatives as well as policy work with the World Health Organisation. He has recently co-authored a series of papers for The Lancet's Who Counts? series on civil registration. To contact Simon, email srss@cam.ac.uk.

About Us


With long-established offices in King's College London and the University of Cambridge, H&P is an expanding Partnership currently supported by 6 Higher Education Institutes: King’s College London, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, The University of Edinburgh, University of Leeds, 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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