History & Policy recently took part in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 'Policy Week', as part of a session entitled 'Policy Making: Why Should We Care?', attended by a variety of departmental staff.
Prof. Richard Roberts, Director of the Institute of Contemporary British History, King's College London, spoke on 'Financial Crisis - a historical perspective'. Prof. Andrew Thompson (University of Exeter) considered 'The History of Trade'; while Dr. Andrew Blick (Director, H&P) addressed 'The Value of History in Policy Making'.
Other contributors included Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education and Head of Civil Service Policy Profession.
Dr. Blick said: 'We are noticing an increased awareness within Whitehall of the potential value of history to policy-making. It is vital that those of us working within the historical discipline engage with the engagement opportunities that are emerging, for our own benefit, that of policy-makers, and of wider society. I am therefore delighted that H&P is being asked to take part in these kinds of events.'
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, University of Liverpool, 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.