Category Archives: oral history

Voices from our Oral History Project: Tam Dalyell

Following the sad news last month of the death of the fondly remembered maverick MP Tam Dalyell, today we begin an occasional series exploring interviews with former MPs from our oral history project we have now lost… Since his death, … Continue reading

Posted in 20th century history, diplomatic history, oral history, Politics, Post-1945 history | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Unlikely Parliamentarians 1: Modern MPs

This week is Parliament Week, a programme of events and activities that connects people across the UK with Parliament and democracy. To mark it, every day this week we are publishing a blog on ‘unlikely parliamentarians’ – the men and … Continue reading

Posted in 20th century history, oral history, Politics, Post-1945 history, social history, Unlikely Parliamentarians | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Parliament and the Suez Crisis

Sixty years ago this week the Suez Crisis was in full swing and parliament was in uproar. Here we discuss the crisis through the eyes of the Commons… The Suez Crisis is now seen by historians as one of the … Continue reading

Posted in 20th century history, diplomatic history, military history, oral history, Post-1945 history | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The parties and Europe 2: Conservatives and Maastricht

Earlier this week we delved in to our oral history archive to discover the divisions within the Labour Party over Britain’s entry into the European Economic Community (EEC) in the 1970s. In today’s blogpost, we’ve returned to our archive to … Continue reading

Posted in 20th century history, oral history, Politics, Post-1945 history | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Parties and Europe 1: Labour and the 1975 Referendum

The European Referendum campaign is now in full swing, creating heated political debate and causing some unusual alliances. In British politics, however, the issue of Europe and Britain’s role in it has been long-running and divisive for both the Labour … Continue reading

Posted in 20th century history, oral history, Politics, Post-1945 history | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Speaking in Parliament: History, politics, rhetoric’ conference report

Last week, in collaboration with Professor Christopher Reid (Queen Mary, University of London, author of ‘Imprison’d Wranglers: the Rhetorical Culture of the House of Commons’) we hosted a conference dedicated to the art and history of parliamentary rhetoric. Academics with … Continue reading

Posted in 18th Century history, 19th Century history, 20th century history, Conferences/seminars, Early modern history, medieval history, oral history, Post-1945 history, social history | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Memories of Thatcher’s fall

25 years ago this week the Conservative Party were in the process of electing a new leader after Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister for over 11 years, stood down. The story of Thatcher’s resignation has long been a controversial one within … Continue reading

Posted in 20th century history, oral history, Politics, Post-1945 history | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment