Welcome to the Thatcher Network

The Thatcher Network exists to advance the study of Margaret Thatcher and Thatcherism.

Established in 2016, the network brings together researchers of Thatcher and Thatcherism from different academic disciplines to showcase new research and foster unique collaborations.

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 belong to a diverse range of academic disciplines – and we aim to promote interdisciplinarity in all we do.

Members from outside of academia occupy roles in research institutes, think tanks, journalism, and government – as special advisers, civil servants and elected politicians.

Sign up to become a member.

Events and activities

We host a range of academic and public engagement events, including an annual conference.

Our next conference will take place in central London in June 2022. Previous conference have been held at the Universities of Durham, Liverpool, Derby, Oxford and Newcastle.

Visit the Conferences page to read more about past and future events.

The network is strictly non-partisan and we are committed to ideological diversity. We aim to represent a range of views at our events.

Contact us

We help to connect academics with each other and with the wider world. We have experience of:

  • Providing historical consultancy to media outlets
  • Helping connect journalists to experts for broadcast interviews
  • Offering advice on curriculum design
  • Publicising events and publications
  • Recruiting academic and high-profile speakers for events

Contact us if you think we can help you find the expertise you’re looking for.

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