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

The Leadership of Charles Kennedy

Under Charles Kennedy’s leadership, from 1999 to 2006, the Liberal Democrats won a record number of seats in the Commons – but in January 2006…

Latest Journal Issue

Cover of Journal of Liberal History 94

Journal of Liberal History 94

In this issue: Churchill and Lloyd George – Liberal authors on the First World War?; Sir Walter Runciman and the Runciman papers at Elshieshields Tower;…

On this day

Birth of Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire, leader of three political parties
Known as the Marquess of Hartington between 1858-91, a ‘violently moderate’ individual and leader of the Liberal Party during Gladstone’s temporary retirement from politics, 1876-1880....