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

Election 2017 – a missed opportunity?

The Liberal Democrats entered the 2017 general election campaign with high hopes: they were the only major UK-wide party unequivocally to oppose Brexit, and the…

Latest Journal Issue

Cover of Journal of Liberal History 97

Journal of Liberal History 97

In this issue: The Forbidden Ground – Gladstone and the Contagious Diseases Acts (Tony Little); Lord Geraint of Ponterwyd (Dr J. Graham Jones); Domesticity and…

On this day

Birth of Joseph Albert Pease, 1st Baron Gainford, diarist and Liberal Chief Whip
Born in Darlington into a prominent Liberal family (his father, uncle and brother were all Liberal MPs), Joseph Pease served as Liberal MP for Tyneside 1892-1900, Saffron Walden...