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Research Centre in Victorian Political Culture

The Research Centre in Victorian Political Culture explores the intellectual, religious, linguistic, literary, social, technological and economic developments shaping the public culture of Britain from the 1790s to the beginning of the 20th century.

The purpose of the Centre is to support interdisciplinary scholarship and the investigation of political culture broadly conceived. It organises seminars, conferences, sponsors colloquia, and provides research resources.

The Centre has close links with the History of Parliament 1832-1868 project.

Upcoming event

Victorian Elections and Political Culture Workshop
Chaired by Professor Angus Hawkins

George20Cruikshank201853.jpgFriday 20 April 2018
Jean Robinson Room, Keble College


9.15 Dr Philip Salmon (Editor, The History of Parliament, 1832-1867), Victorian Elections 1832-1867.

10.30 Coffee break 11.00 Dr Simon Skinner (Balliol College, Oxford), Elections and Confessional Politics.

12.15 Sandwich lunch

1.00 Dr Alex Middleton (Corpus Christi College, Oxford), The Impact of Foreign Autocracies on mid-Victorian Political Culture.

All History undergraduate and graduate students welcomed. To register please email Professor Angus Hawkins and include details of any dietary or access requirements.


Angus Hawkins
The Director of the Centre is Professor Angus Hawkins, author of Victorian Political Culture: Habits of Heart and Mind (Oxford University Press, 2015) as well as a two-volume biography the 14th Earl of Derby entitled The Forgotten Prime Minister (Oxford University Press, 2007 and 2008).

Dr Kenneth Gray is a research associate working on party political affiliations as recorded in Dod's Parliamentary Companion from 1869 to 1914.

Dr Ralph Walter is a research associate focusing on a statistical analysis of Commons voting 1832-1867 based on the Commons Division List database.

Ian Cawood
Dr Ian Cawood is a Reader in Modern History, Newman University, Birmingham, and was a Visiting Research Associate in Hilary Term 2017.  A report is available here.


Hawkins, A. Victorian Political Culture: Habits of Heart and Mind (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Victorian Political culture book

Professor Hawkins' Victorian Political Culture: Habits of Heart and Mind is available from Oxford University Press.