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.

Events and activities

Our third annual conference will be held in 2019 at the University of Derby (co-organised with the ESRC Thatcher’s Legacy project team). More information about that will be available here in early 2019. Our second took place at the University of Liverpool in April 2018. Visit the conference page to read more about it.

With our friends at Thatcher’s Legacy, we are currently putting together a collection of essays entitled Thatcherism Today: The Social and Cultural Legacy of Thatcherism.

The network is committed to ideological diversity: we endeavour to represent a range of views at our events and our membership is politically diverse.

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