• National Liberal Federation minute books

    I am trying to trace the whereabouts of the minute books of the National Liberal Federation, as operated in the later nineteenth century, from 1877. Bristol University’s Special Collections archive holds the proceedings of the NLF’s Council, but a 1962 article by the late Barry McGill on Liberal organisation makes reference to several minute books […]

  • Sir Robert Torrens (1812-84)

    I am looking for the papers of Sir Robert Torrens, who was elected to Parliament for the Borough of Cambridge in 1868, representing the Liberal Party.  He lived for many years in South Australia, where he developed the land titles system that still bears his name. He moved to England in the 1860s, where he […]

  • Anarchism and Liberalism 1880-1980

    Some anarchists were successfully influential in liberal networks, starting with many New Liberal networks around the beginning of the 20th Century. My thesis focuses on this earlier period but I am interested in anarchist influences on liberalism throughout the twentieth century. If any readers can help with informing me of their own personal experiences of […]

  • Russell Johnston, 1932-2008

    Scottish Liberal politics was dominated for over thirty years (1965-95 and beyond) by two figures: David Steel and Russell Johnston. Of the former, much has been written; of the latter, surprisingly little. I am therefore researching with a view to writing a biography of Russell. If any readers can help – with records, other written […]

  • Liberal song and the Glee Club

    Aiming to set out the history of Liberal song from its origins to the days of the Liberal Revue and Liberator Songbook.  Looking to complete a song archive, the history of the early, informal conference Glee Clubs in the 1960s and 1970s, and all things related.

  • Emlyn Hooson and the Welsh Liberal Party, 1962-1979

    The thesis will assess Hooson’s influence on the Welsh Liberal Party during this period by paying particular attention to the organisation, policy process and electoral record under his leadership. PhD research at Cardiff University.

  • The emergence of the ‘public service ethos’

    I am interested in analysing how self-interest and patronage was challenged by the advent of impartial inspectorates, public servants and local authorities in provincial Britain in the mid 19th century. Much work has been done on the emergence of a ‘liberal culture’ in the central civil service in Whitehall, but much work needs to be […]

  • The life of Professor Reginald W Revans, 1907-2003

    Any information anyone has on Revans’ Liberal Party involvement would be most welcome. We are particularly keen to know when he joined the party and any involvement he may have had in campaigning issues. We know he was very interested in pacifism. Any information, oral history submissions, location of papers or references most welcome.