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 and booklets – the latest of which is British Liberal Leaders – 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

The legacy of Roy Jenkins

NOTE: START TIME CHANGED TO 7.00pm Roy Jenkins is best remembered in Liberal Democrat circles as one of the ‘Gang of Four’ who established the…

Latest Journal Issue

Cover of Journal of Liberal History 91

Journal of Liberal History 91

In this issue: What did the SDP bequeath to the Liberal Democrats?; Cambridge University Liberal Club, 1886–1916; Sir James Whitehead (1834–1917): the parliamentary travails of…

On this day

Paddy Ashdown is elected first leader of the Social and Liberal Democrats
The election was to provide a single leader for the new party to replace the joint interim leaders David Steel and Robert Maclennan. The contest came...