Welcome to the Thatcher Network

The Thatcher Network is a research group committed to promoting the study of Margaret Thatcher and Thatcherism.

Established in 2016, the network aims to bring together researchers of Thatcher and Thatcherism from different academic disciplines.

The network is based at Durham University and has received funding from the Social History Society and the Institute of Advanced Study among others.


The network’s membership is international, with members based in the UK, 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 and research institute staff.

Events and activities

Our first conference took place in Durham in January 2017, with keynote talks from Dr Martin Farr and Dr Madsen Pirie. Our second is set to take place in Liverpool in 2018.

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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