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Peter Hennessy - Valedictory Lecture

Queen Mary University of London

Tuesday, 7 October 2014 from 18:30 to 21:30 (BST)

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"Establishment and Meritocracy"

In his valedictory lecture at Queen Mary University of London, Peter Hennessy examines the twin themes that have fascinated him since he read Anthony Sampson’s Anatomies of Britain and Michael Young’s The Rise of the Meritocracy and the further,  later fascination of reporting Whitehall its auxiliary army of The Good and the Great in the seventies, eighties and nineties.

Peter Hennessy is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary where he helped set up the influential Mile End Group which hosts public lectures on contemporary British history, focusing on Whitehall and politics. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy. He has written a number of books including Never Again: Britain 1945-51, The Secret State, The Hidden Wiring: Unearthing the British Constitution, Cabinet and Whitehall and won the Orwell Prize for political writing in 2007 for Having It So Good: Britain in the Fifties.

Before joining the School of History at Queen Mary in 1992, he was a journalist for 20 years with spells on The Times as a leader writer and Whitehall correspondent, for the Financial Times as its lobby correspondent at Westminster, and as a columnist on The Independent. He was also a regular presenter of the BBC Radio 4 ‘Analysis’ programme. Professor Hennessy co-founded the Institute of Contemporary British History in 1986 and won the Times Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

In 2010, Peter was appointed as a non-political crossbench peer, taking the title of Baron Hennessy of Nympsfield. He continues to make regular contributions to the press, radio and television.

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Great Hall, The People's Palace
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 7 October 2014 from 18:30 to 21:30 (BST)


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