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Department of History

Staff Profile

Professor Philip Williamson

Professor in the Department of History
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41063
Deputy Head of Faculty (Research) in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43428
Room number: ER 242

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As a historian of twentieth-century British politics, political culture and government, Philip Williamson’s publications have ranged across the Labour, Liberal and Conservative parties, trade unions and big business, and financial, economic and imperial policies. Recent research and teaching specialisms include inter-war Conservatism, political leadership and popular politics in the 1940s and early 1950s, the modern monarchy and public values, and national acts of public worship since the 1830s. He is principal investigator - with Natalie Mears (Durham) and Stephen Taylor (Durham) - for the AHRC-funded project on ‘British state prayers, fasts and thanksgivings, 1540s-1940s’. Durham’s libraries give access to unusually rich historical sources for British politics, religion and public life, and its group of British historians offer wide opportunities for postgraduate study.

Research Project

British state prayers, fasts and thanksgivings,1540s to 1940s

Research Interests

  • British politics and government 1900-1960
  • The British state, religion and public values since 1830
  • The modern British monarchy
  • The City of London and government since 1850


Books: authored

Books: edited

Edited essays

  • 2004 (co-edited with Ranald Michie) The British Government and the City of London in the Twentieth Century, Cambridge University Press, 381 pp.

Edited sources

Essays in edited volumes

Journal papers: academic

Teaching Areas

  • British politics and policy from 1880 to 1960
  • Historical thought 1700-1800