The Ready for Ageing? report, published by the House of Lords Select Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change, draws extensively on evidence from H&P co-founder Pat Thane, of the Institute of Contemporary British History at King's College London.
Women were active voters 75 years before they received the parliamentary franchise in 1918, Sarah Richardson of Warwick University reveals.
Former Cabinet Secretary Lord Butler has called for every government department to appoint a historical adviser. In Civil Service World, Lord Butler describes those who take policy decisions in ignorance of the lessons of history as 'like a driver who commits to some manoeuvre in the road without looking into the rear mirror'. Dr Lucy Delap, incoming Director of H&P, welcomed the debate: 'Lord Butler has pointed to a real problem at the heart of British government - its tendency to live in the present.
Ahead of the release of Ken Loach's new film celebrating the post-war foundation of Britain's welfare state, a new H&P opinion piece by Bryce Evans of Liverpool Hope University explores the myths and realities of The Spirit of '45, in film, popular culture and modern politics.
In the wake of a Netmums survey revealing that many parents feel modern childhood is over by the age of 12, Kate Bradley of Kent University puts their concerns into historical perspective. She argues that Netmums are 'mourning a golden age of childhood that never existed'.
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