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  • Dr Jon Davis has an upcoming book on the history of the Blair government, entitled The Blair Government Reconsidered, written with co-‘Blair Years’ teacher, King’s Visiting Professor John Rentoul of the Independent. The Blair Government Reconsidered will be published by the Oxford University Press in April 2019 and draws on new primary source material gathered at Blair Years classes.
  • Dr Jack Brown also has an upcoming book, The Geography of Power: No. 10 Downing Street, 1945-1997, to be released in 2019 by Haus Publishing.


  • Jack Brown was was awarded his doctorate at Queen Mary, University of London in November 2017, for his thesis on the redevelopment of London’s Docklands and the emergence of Canary Wharf in the 1980s.
  • Michelle Clement is currently working on a PhD on Sir Michael Barber and the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit 2001-05, sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The PhD represents the first academic study of the PMDU with access to Barber’s private, unpublished diaries.
  • Ashley Sweetman is completing a PhD thesis in the Department of War Studies at King’s entitled ‘Computer Security in the UK Financial Sector, 1960 – 1990’.
  • Eleanor Hallam is completing a PhD on ‘HM Treasury and its Management of the Financial Crisis: 2007 – 2009’, which has privileged access to HM Treasury’s records.

Research Projects

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. The relationship between the Strand Group and No. 10 has also led to the creation of the Researcher in Residence at No. 10 Downing Street project, a newly-created role developed in partnership with the charitable organisation the Brilliant Club, HPE and King’s Widening Participation Department. This role has led to the production of a series of history blogs and a range of outreach activities, with an upcoming book on the ‘geography of power’ at No. 10 by the role’s first holder, Dr Jack Brown, currently being written up.


Current research projects are also underway with HM Treasury and the Department for Transport.