Lord Asa Briggs: A Celebration

[img_assist|nid=2415|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=132|height=200]Thursday 19 May 2011

Please note that there has been a change of venue and the colloquium will now take place at the Deller Hall, South Block, Senate House

Lord Asa Briggs, one of the country’s most distinguished living historians, turns ninety this year, and he and his remarkable contribution to academic history to the development of Victorian studies, the history of communication and his role in the growth of modern universities are considered and assessed in this one-day colloquium co-hosted with the British Association for Victorian Studies.

Confirmed participants:

  • Asa Briggs
  • David Cannadine (Princeton)
  • Francesca Carnevali (University of Birmingham)
  • Malcolm Chase (University of Leeds)
  • Matthew Cragoe (University of Sussex)
  • Martin Hewitt (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Frank Buongiorno (Menzies Centre for Australian Studies/King’s College London)
  • Sian Nicholas (Aberystwyth)
  • Jean Seaton (University of Westminster)
  • Robert Seatter (BBC)
  • James Thompson (Bristol)
  • David Vincent (Open University)

The Secretary of the Society for the Study of Labour History, John McIlroy, has written a Note on Asa Briggs and the Emergence of Labour History in Post-War Britain. A PDF version of the text is available here.

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  For further information, please contact IHR.Events@sas.ac.uk.



Registration and Coffee




Professor Sir David Cannadine (Princeton University)


Victorian Studies

(Chair: Rohan McWilliam, Anglia Ruskin)


A little bit of a Victorian? Asa Briggs and Victorian Studies

Martin Hewitt (Manchester Metropolitan University)


Victorian capitalists and middle-class formation: reflections on Asa Briggs’s Birmingham  

Francesca Carnevali (University of Birmingham)


Asa Briggs and the remaking of Australian historiography, 1955-1985

Frank Bongiorno (King’s College London)





(Chair: Robert Seatter, BBC)

From the Daily Mail to the BBC: communications in Britain, c.1896-1922    

James Thompson (University of Bristol)


Broadcasting carries on: reflections on the BBC in WW2

Sian Nicholas (Aberystwyth University)


Asa Briggs and the writing of the history of the BBC

Jean Seaton (University of Westminster)






(Chair: Miles Taylor, IHR)
Back to Yorkshire: Asa Briggs at Leeds, 1955-61  

Malcolm Chase (University of Leeds)

The idea of a new University: Sussex in the 1960s

Matthew Cragoe (University of Sussex)

Asa Briggs and the opening up of the Open University

Daniel Weinbren (The Open University)


Oxford, the Worcester seminars and the History of the Book

James Raven (University of Essex)