Welcome to the Thatcher Network

The Thatcher Network is a research group which exists to promote the study of Margaret Thatcher and Thatcherism.

Established in 2016, the network brings together researchers of Thatcher and Thatcherism from different academic disciplines and connects them with journalists, policymakers and the public.

The network is jointly based at the Universities of Durham and Liverpool. It has received funding from the Political Studies Association, the Social History Society and the Institute of Advanced Study among others.


The network’s membership is international, with members based in the UK, USA, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Middle East.

Our members represent a diverse range of academic disciplines, including politics, history, English studies, law, philosophy, economics, and media and cultural studies.

We also have members from non-academic backgrounds, including local councillors, policy researchers, research institute and think tank staff, and special advisers to the UK government.

Sign up to become a member.

Events and activities

Our 2019 conference will be held at the University of Derby (co-organised with the ESRC Thatcher’s Legacy project team). You can view an outline programme and sign up here.

We have previously held conferences at the Universities of Durham and Liverpool. Visit the Conferences page to read more about them.

With our friends at Thatcher’s Legacy, we are currently editing a collection of essays entitled The Social and Cultural Legacy of Thatcherism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

The network is committed to ideological diversity and aims to represent a range of views at our events.

Contact us

If you would like to write for our blog, or if you have a relevant event or publication you would like us to promote, please get in touch.

Are you a journalist or media professional looking for an expert commentator or consultant? We have previously helped journalists, broadcasters and filmmakers access expertise on Thatcher, Thatcherism and British politics. Contact us or browse our People page to find the researcher you’re looking for.

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