You are here:

British History in the Long 18th Century Seminar

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

The seminar meets on alternate Wednesdays during term at 5.15 pm, usually in Wolfson Room I, in the basement of the Institute of Historical Research. The IHR and the Wolfson Room are fully accessible.
Wednesdays 17:15
Arthur Burns (King’s College London), Penelope J. Corfield (Royal Holloway, London); Margot Finn (University College London) Amanda Goodrich (Open University), Tim Hitchcock (University of Sussex), Sarah Lloyd (University of Hertfordshire), with post-doctoral reps Joseph Cozens (UCL), Sally Holloway (Oxford Brookes University), Gillian Williamson (Independent Scholar), and PG representatives Miranda Reading (King's College, London) and Esther Brot (King’s College London).

About the seminar

We provide a forum for debate on all aspects of research into the history of Britain and associated regions during the long eighteenth century. The history we explore is limited chronologically and geographically, but 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 want to hold the best seminar in London. Come and help us to make it that!

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.

For offers of papers/panels, please contact Sarah Lloyd ( and Joseph Cozens (

Queries about the programme can be directed to Gillian Williamson:

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, we peg tariffs at £15 for postgrads/immediate postdocs/unwaged, £25 for non-concession attendees, £35 for convenors.

Follow Britain in the Long C18th on Twitter

View on Twitter