About the Authors

Thank you to our authors Professor Eric Evans, Professor Stanley Henig, Professor Richard Grayson, Professor Keith Laybourn, Dr Daniel Todman and Dr Helen Parr.

1. Professor Keith Laybourn

Professor Keith Laybourn has taught at the University of Huddersfield for forty years and is a leading authority on British labour history, twentieth-century British history, the welfare state, philanthropy, policing and the role of women in the twentieth century.

He has published 25 monographs and edited 21 collections of essays ,documents and surveys. He has also published about 75 articles and reviewed extensively.

His books 'Britain on the Breadline: The Social, Economic  and Political History of Britain between the wars' (1991) and his edited collection of documents and commentaries on 'Modern Britain since 1906' (1999) is relevant to the podcasts, and has been followed up by 'Modern Britain since 1979' (2003) , written with Christine Collette. He has written on 'The General Strike' (1993) and 'The General Strike: Day by Day' (1996), 'The Guild of Help and the New Philanthropy' (1994)'The Rise of Socialism in  Britain' (1995), ;'Under the Red Flag'' (1999), 'Marxism in Britain since 1945' (2006), 'Britain's First Labour Government' (2006), with John Shepherd, and, 'Policing in England and Wales, 1918-1939: The Fed, Flying Squads and Forensics', with David Taylor. E is currently writing another book, with David Taylor, on 'The Battle for the Roads of Britain: Police, the Motorist and the Law c. 1890s-1970s' for Palgrave Macmillan, and this will appear at the end of 2013. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association.


2. Professor Richard S Grayson 

Professor Richard S Grayson is Head of History at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is Professor of Twentieth Century History. His most recent book is Belfast Boys: How Unionists and Nationalists Fought and Died Together in the First World War (Continuum, 2009). Previous books include Liberals, International Relations and Appeasement: The Liberal Party, 1919-39, (London: Frank Cass, 2001) and Austen Chamberlain and the Commitment to Europe: British Foreign Policy, 1924-29, (London: Frank Cass, 1997).


3. Professor Eric Evans

Eric Evans is Professor Emeritus of Modern History at Lancaster University. He has written a large number of books and articles on nineteenth-century British political and social history. These include compact biographies of the Younger Pitt and Sir Robert Peel and studies of the Great Reform Act and Chartism. He published a new interpretative study The Shaping of Modern Britain: Identity, Industry and Empire, 1780-1914 in 2011. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Centenary Fellow of the Historical Association.


  • The Forging of the Modern State, Early Industrial Britain, 1783?1870 (3rd edition, Longman Pearson, Harlow, 2001)
  • William Pitt the Younger (Routledge, London, 1999)
  • Parliamentary Reform, c.1770-1918 (Longman Pearson, Seminar Studies, Harlow, 2000)
  • The Great Reform Act of 1832 (2nd edition, Routledge, London, 1994)
  • Sir Robert Peel: Statesmanship, Power and Party (2nd ed., Routledge, London, 2006)
  • Thatcher and Thatcherism  (2nd ed, Routledge, London, 2004)


4. Professor Stanley Henig

Stanley Henig was one of the founder members of the Department of Politics at Lancaster University in 1964. He was member of Parliament for Lancaster from 1966 to 1970, and subsequently worked at Warwick University, the Civil Service College and the University of Central Lancashire. At Central Lancashire his final post prior to retiring was Head of Department of Politics and European Studies. During the 1990s he was also Leader of Lancaster City Council. He is Managing Director of Historic Masters Ltd. (a record company) and Secretary of the Historic Singers Trust. He has been the Chair of the Court of the Royal Northern College of Music, and has also served as a Governor of the British Institute of Recorded Sound. His publications include nine books on British and European politics and one on opera. He has been a member of the Council of Lancaster University since 2001.


5. Dr Daniel Todman

Dr Dan Todman took his first degree at the London School of Economics, before moving to Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he undertook his doctoral research on representations of the First World War in British popular culture from 1918-1998. He then taught in the War Studies Department of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, before coming to Queen Mary in the summer of 2003. He was named the Times Young Academic Author of the Year 2005 for the book of his thesis, The Great War, Myth and Memory. He is an occasional contributor to the group history blog Cliopatria.


6. Dr Helen Parr

Helen Parr is a Lecturer in International Relations at Keele University. She teaches a popular third year course on 'British State and Society in the Cold War' and a first year module on 'International History since 1945'. She has researched and published a book and articles on Britain's policies towards the European Community in the 1960s and 1970s, and she is currently writing a book about the Falklands War.


7. Rosie Kennedy is a Visiting Tutor in the History Department at Goldsmiths College, University of London. There she teaches ‘The Birth of Modern Britain' which covers the economic, social and political history of early twentieth century Britain and ‘Britain Through the Lens' which explores twentieth century British history through film. Rosie's current research interests are in the history of childhood and her book The Children's War: Britain 1914-18 will be published in January 2014.

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