History & Policy (H&P) promotes better public policy through a greater understanding of history. H&P is a national network of 500+ academic historians and an independent forum for the expression of historical perspectives on today’s policy issues.
From February 2021 H&P has returned to its original home in the Institute of Historical Research, with Professor Philip Murphy as the new Director of H&P.
The IHR is a natural home for History & Policy, which promises to play an important role in the institute's mission to promote historical research and demonstrate its value to society as a whole. It is also central to the strategic vision of the School of Advanced Study (SAS) to connect humanities scholars across the UK and around the world and explore ways in which their research can enhance our quality of life and decision-making.
H&P is inspired by the belief that history can and should improve public policy making, helping to avoid reinventing the wheel and repeating past mistakes.