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

Coalition: Could Liberal Democrats have handled it better?

The 2015 election decisively ended the Liberal Democrats’ participation in government. Did what the party achieved in coalition between 2010 and 2015 justify the damage?…

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

Birth of Sir Robert Walpole, Whig statesman and Prime Minister 1721-42
Elected Whig MP for Castle Rising 1701-02 and King’s Lynn 1702-12 & 1713-42, Robert Walpole came from a strong Whig family and first achieved office under Lord...