Sir Anthony Seldon examined how history has often been marginalised from the policy-making process, and how some of the poorest decisions in Whitehall have been informed by historical illiteracy. He looked at the reasons why recordkeeping, institutional memory and evaluation of historical precedent have all been in decline, and attempted to answer the question – if history matters, how can it have practical value and not just remain an academic subject?
Speaker: Sir Anthony Seldon (former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham)
Chair: Professor Philip Murphy (Director of History & Policy, IHR)
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