Pimlott Lecture – 9 July

On the evening of 9 July, KCBH will co-host the Ben Pimlott Memorial Lecture 2019, with Twentieth Century British History and OUP Journals. Professor Patricia Clavin will deliver the lecture,  entitled, ‘Britain and the making of Global Order after 1919’.

On the centenary of the Paris Peace, Patricia Clavin (Oxford University) explores Britain’s pivotal role in the development of a rules-based global order. The lecture reveals how Britons fashioned the practices and norms of new international institutions, including the League of Nations, to manage relations between states, markets and civil society.  Drawing on the correspondence of key internationalists – including women usually excluded from the canon of international thought – it uncovers how economic, social and even environmental issues took on as much importance as the more familiar concerns of border protection and weapons’ control as Britain’s searched for security in its relations with the Empire, Europe and the USA.

This event is free, but booking is essential

Urban history book launch roundtable

KCBH are delighted to host an event, ‘The New Urban Political History’, which will take place in the River Room, KCL on 10 July, from 11.00am-1.00pm. (The morning after the KCBH conference).


Details below:

“The New Urban Political History”

This event announces the debuts of three important new books. These innovative works tackle major historical problems through a distinctively urban lens. The result is urban history as political history, promising fresh insights for both.

Chair: Erika Hanna, University of Bristol

Simon Gunn, University of Leicester, and Susan Townsend, University of Nottingham: Automobility and the City in Twentieth-Century Britain and Japan (Bloomsbury, 2019).

Guy Ortolano, New York University: Thatcher’s Progress: From Social Democracy to Market Liberalism through an English New Town (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Otto Saumarez Smith, University of Warwick: Boom Cities: Architect Planners and the Politics of Radical Urban Renewal in 1960s Britain (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Each of the authors will briefly introduce a book other than their own. We will then invite a wider discussion of what this ‘new urban history’ can tell us about the emerging economic, social, and political histories of 20th century Britain.

This event is free, but booking is essential: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-new-urban-political-history-book-launch-roundtable-tickets-61734876678

KCBH Conference 2019




This is the third annual KCBH conference. This year our theme will Britain’s Futures – the ways in which hoped for or feared futures were articulated. Our expectation is that a discussion focused on the projects, promises and plans of the past will enrich our collective understanding of both British history and how it has been written.

Our four themed discussions, on National and Imperial futures, Social futures, Economic futures, and Political futures, will be led by, among others:

Clarisse Berthezène, Lise Butler, Sabine Clarke, Alana Harris, Kit Kowol, Helen McCarthy, Charlotte Lydia Riley, Emily Robinson, Catherine Schenk, Bill Schwarz, Peter Sloman, and Richard Toye.

PIMLOTT LECTURE: On the evening of 9 July, KCBH will co-host the Ben Pimlott Memorial Lecture 2019, with Twentieth Century British History and OUP Journals. Professor Patricia Clavin will deliver the lecture, which will be entitled, ‘Britain and the making of Global Order after 1919’. Anyone who signs up for the KCBH conference is free to attend the Pimlott Lecture

This event is free, but booking is essential.

England on the Verge of Brexit: Lecture by John Denham

England on the Verge of Brexit: Brexit was made in England; but will England be re-made by Brexit?

Lecture by John Denham

19 March, 6.30-8pm / Nash Lecture Theatre, King’s College London, The Strand, London WC2R 2LS

Brexit was a very English decision. Yet England was barely mentioned in the referendum campaign nor in its fractious aftermath. It remains a nation whose name is unspoken. 

This lecture will explore the roots of England’s discontent in its governance and constitutional status and the failure to tackle the nation’s economic and social divides. John Denham will argue that, unless these challenges are addressed during Brexit and its aftermath, the underlying tensions will only grow.

Prof John Denham is Director of the Centre for English Identity and Politics at the University of Winchester. He is a former Labour MP and Cabinet Minister.

The lecture is jointly hosted by King’s Contemporary British history and English Labour Network. It is the inaugural event in KCBH’s England series.

To attend, please register at Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/england-on-the-verge-of-brexit-john-denham-tickets-57032846780

Launch of The British End of the British Empire by Prof. Sarah Stockwell

The IHR World and Imperial History Seminar & King’s Contemporary British History cordially invite you to a roundtable
and launch party for

The British End of the British Empire by Sarah Stockwell

18 March 2019 at 5.30 pm at King’s College London’s Strand campus in the History Department open space on the 8th floor.

Discussants: Gareth Austin (Cambridge), Ruth Craggs (King’s) and Michael Collins (UCL).

It is helpful if you register in advance if you hope to attend, as this facilitates access to the campus. You can do this by following this link. 

For directions to the department see https://www.kcl.ac.uk/history/ Contact-us.aspx : lifts take you from reception to the 7th floor; take the stairs to the 8th, and then turn left to the open space. We do hope you can join us.



Announcement: The Ben Pimlott Memorial Lecture 2019

KCBH is delighted to announce that it will co-host the Ben Pimlott Memorial Lecture 2019, with Twentieth Century British History and OUP Journals. Professor Patricia Clavin will deliver the lecture, which will be entitled, ‘Britain and the making of Global Order after 1919’.

Tuesday 9th July 2019, 6:30 p.m.
King’s College London

Location: TBA

Please watch this space for Eventbrite registration

For more information, see here.

Patrick Porter on Blunder: Britain’s War in Iraq

King’s Contemporary British History and the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War will co-host an event to celebrate the publication of Blunder: Britain’s War in Iraq by Professor Patrick Porter (University of Birmingham), in the KCL History Department on Friday 14 December 2018. Talk by the author, followed by a Q&A, and wine reception. All welcome, but booking required: see here

The Study of Contemporary British History at King's College London