British History in the Long Eighteenth Century

Seminar group

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We provide a forum for debate on all aspects of research into the history of Britain and associated regions during the long eighteenth century.

If the history we explore is limited chronologically and geographically, we are unconstrained thematically and methodologically. We like to hear and discuss papers about all aspects of British history in the period, and the approach can be from near or far, empirical or theoretical, and concerned with the short, medium or long term. We enjoy contributions from other disciplines, including joint sessions with other seminars.

We have only two provisos: papers should be accessible to the many different types of researchers who attend the seminar and, second, that everything is open for discussion. Our aim is to combine rigorous discussion of the issues, with a friendly environment in which everyone is able to participate.

Usually papers, lasting about fifty minutes, are given by individuals. But we also hold panel sessions, to enable two or more speakers to provide contrasting viewpoints. As eighteenth-century studies are booming, we make bookings well ahead – so let us know well in advance if you have a seminar paper in gestation (to Julian Hoppit at for 2006-7).

We want to hold the best seminar in London. Come and help us to make it that!


The seminar meets on alternate Wednesdays during term at 5.15 pm, usually in the Wolfson Room, on the first floor of the Institute of Historical Research. The IHR is located within the Senate House of the University of London, at the south end of Malet Street, London WC1. Nearest tubes: Goodge Street (Northern line), Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern line); Russell Square (Piccadilly line). See the IHR website for further details.

The après-seminar

In the best eighteenth-century tradition, this seminar famously unites lively debates with good après-seminar sociability. We aim at eighteenth-century exuberance but without losing coherence of discussion, first by going to the pub, and then on for a meal. For the meal, there’s a special tariff of £10.00 per head for post-graduates.

Contacts and convenors

Circulation of details of the seminar and associated news is handled by Dr Anne Stott, send her a message if you want to join the mailing list.

There are four convenors: