Welcome to the Thatcher Network

The Thatcher Network 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.

It has received funding from the Political Studies Association and the Social History Society 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.

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Events and activities

The COVID-19 pandemic means our 2020 conference has been postponed to 15-16 April 2021. The conference will still be held at Newcastle University and we hope the programme will closely reflect what we had planned for this year.

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

We have recently edited collection of essays entitled Thatcherism in the 21st Century: The Social and Cultural Legacy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) which was described as “highly original and deeply impressive” by Professor Colin Hay. More details about this are available here.

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

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