Author Archives: Hugh Pemberton

New project members

We welcome two project members:

Research AssistantDr Aled Davies

Dr Aled Davies

Aled recently completed a doctorate entitled ‘The City of London and British Social Democracy, c. 1959 – 1979′ at the University of Oxford. He is interested in the formation of Thatcherite economic and social policies in postwar Britain.

List of Publications

Doctoral Researcher: Thomas Gould

Thomas will be conducting research into the actuarial profession in the 1980s.

Thatcher’s Pension Reforms – Project Launch

Based at the University of Bristol, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), this three-year research project will explore the roots, implementation, and consequences of the Thatcher governments’ reforms, and reveal the ways in which they contributed to Britain’s twenty-first century ‘pensions crisis’.

It will mine a rich seam of hitherto unexplored records and data: a combination of newly released archival material available as a result of the government’s decision to move from a 30-year to a 20-year rule for record release backed up by additional freedom of information requests, oral history interviews, ‘witness seminars’, and a rich array of other primary sources.

The project will be led by Dr Hugh Pemberton from Bristol’s Department of Historical Studies in the School of Humanities, with Professor Roger Middleton as co-investigator. Dr Pemberton is an expert on the history of postwar Britain. Formerly a business analyst in the life and pensions industry, he has published on the history of Britain’s system of pension provision, both public and private, as well as on the history of postwar British governance.