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.

Sign up to become a member.

Events and activities

Our 2020 conference will be held at Newcastle University – but it has been postponed due to Cornavirus. Details will be available here. Please monitor this page for updates.

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

With our friends at Thatcher’s Legacy, we have recently edited a collection of essays entitled Thatcherism in the 21st Century: The Social and Cultural Legacy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). This has already received positive reviews, including “highly original and deeply impressive” (Professor Colin Hay) and “this eclectic set of takes on one of Britain’s great ‘watershed’ politicians is indubitably the book for you” (Professor Tim Bale).

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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