Margaret Thatcher in modern British history

Margaret Thatcher is being buried today, and the heated arguments about the funeral itself demonstrate that opinions about her are as divided as ever. In response to the significant public interest in her life and legacy—much of it from people too young to remember her time in government—we’ve organized a public event for the first week of the summer term: a panel discussion on Margaret Thatcher in modern British history. It takes place on Thursday 25 April, 5.30–6.30pm, in the large lecture theatre of the Arts building (R16 on the campus map).

A range of speakers will each give a short talk on Margaret Thatcher’s place in their own fields of research: these include histories of race and immigration, social activism, and culture, as well as work on party politics. There will then be an open discussion with questions from the floor, followed by a reception with drinks, nibbles, and a chance to meet the speakers.

The event is open to all: students, staff, and members of the public. Attendance is free, but please register by emailing Caroline Ashton (

Posters are included below. To reflect the polarized nature of the debate, we’ve done two…

Thatcher, poster 1

Thatcher, poster 2

François Mitterrand said she had ‘the mouth of Marilyn Monroe and the eyes of Caligula’…


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  1. […] Margaret Thatcher in modern British history Public panel discussion with participants from History, POLSIS, and Warwick University Thursday 25 April, 5.30–6.30pm (with drinks and nibbles to follow) Arts building, large lecture theatre *Attendance is free, but please email Caroline Ashton to register: Details […]

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