The study of Contemporary British History goes back to the 1960s, and was consolidated with the establishment of the Institute of Contemporary British History in 1985 by (Sir) Anthony Seldon and (Lord) Peter Hennessy. The Institute moved to King’s College London in 2010, and the new King’s Contemporary British History builds on this by creating a larger and more diverse enterprise, building on that distinguished tradition.


Dr Andrew Blick works on British constitutional history. As Director of History & Policy, he has a wealth of experience and contacts with external partners, including think-tanks, reform groups, and
government departments.


Prof David Edgerton works on modern Britain, ranging from military history to the history of science and technology. He is a co-Director of the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War (with Prof
Joe Maiolo). He is currently completing a new history of twentieth-century Britain for Penguin.


Prof Joe Maiolo works on the military history of modern Britain, particularly strategy, naval warfare, and intelligence.


Professor Richard Vinen is a historian of modern Europe with particular expertise on Britain and France, having recently published books on Margaret Thatcher and National Service.


Prof Patrick Wright FBA has with a breadth of interests ranging across politics, heritage, national cultures, and the physical and material environment. He also has expertise on London’s East End and has worked in collaboration with filmmakers in his research.

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