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The No10 Guest Historian series

Each month No 10 invites a professional historian to contribute a short article to the Guest Historian series. These 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) manages this innovative collaboration with The National Archives and Downing Street. The H&P editors are Dr Andrew Thompson and Dr Ben Griffin, of Cambridge University, and Dr Andrew Blick, of King’s College London.

H&P is a unique collaboration between King's College London's Institute of Contemporary British History and the University of Cambridge History Faculty, working for better public policy through an understanding of history. H&P’s network of 520 historians are equipped and committed to engaging with policy makers, civil society practitioners and journalists through free online publications and tailored events.


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