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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)


The list below shows Durham University research staff who are members of IMEMS. Click the member's name to see a more detailed biography and department.

We also welcome anyone from outside the University with an interest in our work to join. Membership is free of charge. You will receive invitations to our programme of events, with a weekly emails digest about what is happening in the Insitute and further afield. To join IMEMS contact:

Professor Philip Williamson

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Philip Williamson is an historian both of politics in twentieth-century Britain, and aspects of religion and the monarchy in Britain and the British empire since the seventeenth century. His publications on interwar British politics, political culture and government have ranged across the Labour, Liberal and Conservative parties, trade unions and big business, and financial, economic and imperial policies. He also has research work on Christianity and politics in the 1930s, the modern British monarchy and public values, and national acts of public worship since the 1830s. He is principal investigator and chief editor – with Natalie Mears and Stephen Taylor – for the AHRC-funded Durham project on ‘British state prayers, fasts and thanksgivings’ in three volumes, and has a Leverhulme major research fellowship for work on the monarchy and religion in the British Isles since 1689.

Research Interests

  • British politics and government 1900-1960
  • The British state, religion and public values since 1830
  • The churches and national worship in the United Kingdom and the Empire since 1688
  • The modern British monarchy
  • The City of London and government since 1850

Teaching Groups

  • Modern

Teaching Areas

  • British politics and policy from 1880 to 1960

  • the British monarchy and religion since 1688

  • Historical thought 1700-1800


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Selected Grants

  • 2016: Royalty and religion in the British Isles since 1689 (£127569.00 from The Leverhulme Trust)
  • 2007: BRITISH STATE PRAYERS, FASTS AND THANKSGIVINGS (£330172.14 from Arts and Humanities Research Council)