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The History of the Prime Minister 1945 – 1979 – in partnership with No. 10 Downing St

The History of the Prime Minister 1979 – 2015 – in partnership with No. 10 Downing St


The modules are led by Dr Jon Davis, alongside co-teacher Michelle Clement and Dr Simon Case, formerly Principal Private Secretary to two Prime Ministers, when his diary allows.

Special attention is given to the memoirs and diaries of the prime ministers, cabinet ministers and senior officials involved in managing the central machinery of government, as well as first-hand testimony from a selection of highly-relevant and high profile guests.

The previous two years have seen classes take place within No. 10 Downing Street itself, and guest speakers have included former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron, the Prime Minister’s Principal Private Secretary Peter Hill, Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood, and Lord Wilson of Dinton.


The Strand Group has also undertaken partnered research projects with No. 10 Downing Street, including the online video history projects Men of Secrets: The Cabinet Secretaries (undertaken at Queen Mary University of London when the Mile End Group), and Margaret Thatcher and No. 10.

No.10 Downing Street events