The No10 Guest Historian series

Each month No 10 invites a professional historian to contribute a short article to the Guest Historian series. Articles focus on events at Downing Street and the wider activities of its Prime Ministerial occupants over the centuries.

Features range widely over personalities and private lives, domestic and international politics, and challenges and successes, providing new insights into how the central institutions of British government really work. Frequently highly topical, each article links to current contexts or anniversaries of past events. In this way a rich portfolio will be created online, containing varied stories: sometimes amusing or thought-provoking, always informative and written by leading scholars throughout the UK.

History & Policy (H&P) is managing this innovative collaboration with No 10 Downing Street. As an independent, charitably-funded initiative based in the Institute of Contemporary British History at King’s College London, and with an editorial team based at the University of Cambridge, H&P excels in connecting historians with policymakers and the media, providing high-quality history in free and accessible formats. With a national network of almost 400 historians, H&P can guarantee a diversity of viewpoints, relevant topics and professional insights.


The History series would not have been possible without the generous voluntary contributions from leading historians and prominent historical and art organisations. Their work and continued participation have provided a varied and unbiased view of Number 10 and the fascinating characters who have been privileged to call it home.