100 years on: 1922 election and the death of the Liberal Party

One hundred years ago Britain went to the polls amid strikes, a post-pandemic slump, and war. By Paul Richards One hundred years ago this November, the country went to the polls to elect a new Government. Not everyone in the country, of course: the 1918 Representation of the People Act had enfranchised all adult men … Continue reading 100 years on: 1922 election and the death of the Liberal Party

On This Day in Rugby League: 125 years of Tradition and Change

Richard de la Riviere offers a unique approach to a 125-year story of rebellion, struggle and change. It was the 1st of July 1916, and as the war continued to rage across Europe, the British and their Allies developed a plan to break the stalemate of trench warfare. The agreed operation was on the 25-mile … Continue reading On This Day in Rugby League: 125 years of Tradition and Change

Seize the Day: Channel 4 and the Revival of Rugby League on TV

The relationship between rugby league and television has never been easy. Now it’s Channel 4s turn to shake things up It was March 1976, and Britain was on the brink of change. In Westminster, shockwaves ripped through the political world when the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, handed in his resignation to the Queen. Having been … Continue reading Seize the Day: Channel 4 and the Revival of Rugby League on TV

Warren’s Reflections: Life as a Labour Organiser in Thatcher’s Britain

By David Warren It was the Winter of 1981. And with Margaret Thatcher's premiership on the ropes, I arrived in the town of Newbury. I was seventeen, unemployed and eager to change the world around me. So I joined the Labour Party and attended my first branch meeting in the Labour Club near the Railway … Continue reading Warren’s Reflections: Life as a Labour Organiser in Thatcher’s Britain

“I’ve ad enough of this, I ave”: Bevin, NATO and the Russian Threat

“Think Once, Think Twice”: Ernest Bevin and the Creation of NATO. By James A. S. Sunderland An expansionist Russia sweeps through Eastern Europe, a weary America - seemingly unwilling to shoulder heavy foreign military burdens - turns increasingly away from the international stage, and a small coterie on the left in Britain seek to defend … Continue reading “I’ve ad enough of this, I ave”: Bevin, NATO and the Russian Threat

How the Labour Party used History to win in 1997

25 years on from the landslide, a University of Warwick Undergraduate Research Support Scheme project supervised by Dr Simon Peplow and conducted by Will Barber Taylor has now been officially launched. On behalf of Will Barber Taylor The aim of the project was and is to explore the extent to which history influenced the Labour … Continue reading How the Labour Party used History to win in 1997

Rethinking Labour’s Past: History of Sleaze Event (Jan 31st @ 6pm)

A Rethinking Labour's Past event from Progressive Britain, Tides of History and the Labour History Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin About this event How does the Tory sleaze of the 2020s compare with the Tory sleaze of the past?  What do people think and what does the data tell us? What was it like being … Continue reading Rethinking Labour’s Past: History of Sleaze Event (Jan 31st @ 6pm)