Liberal Democrat History Group

The Liberal Democrat History Group promotes the discussion and research of topics relating to the histories of the British Liberal Democrats and its predecessor parties, the Liberal Party and the SDP, and of liberalism more broadly.

We publish the Journal of Liberal History and a range of books – the latest of which is British Liberal Leaders – and shorter booklets – the latest of which is Liberal History: A concise history of the Liberal Party, SDP and Liberal Democrats – organise regular speaker meetings, maintain a Liberal history website and provide assistance with research.

Not a member? You can join here. Membership includes a subscription to the Journal and discounts on all the Group’s publications.

Latest Event

Gladstone’s first government

One hundred and fifty years ago, William Ewart Gladstone became Prime Minister for the first time. Over the following six years, from 1868 to 1874, his…

Latest Journal Issue

Cover of Journal of Liberal History 100

Journal of Liberal History 100

In this issue: 25 years of the Journal; Interview: Tim Farron as party leader; 7 December 1916: Asquith, Lloyd George and the crisis of Liberalism…

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The 'Hawarden Kite' is flown
Herbert Gladstone, the son of W. E. Gladstone, revealed to the press that his father was seriously considering Irish Home Rule. In a letter published...