HENNESSY, Peter John (b 1947)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers of Peter Hennessy relating to his work as a journalist, writer and academic, c 1970-2000, including research notes on modern political history with extracts from articles and Government minutes and reports; notes for talks and lectures at Queen Mary College and for the radio; audio and video tapes of interviews with politicians and political figures, c 1970-1985; notes and transcripts of interviews, c 1970-1986; press cuttings, c 1980-2000 and correspondence, c 1970-2000.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born, 1947; educated, St John's College Cambridge, 1969; reporter: Times Higher Education Supplement , 1972-1974; The Times , 1974-1976; Lobby Correspondent, Financial Times , 1976; Whitehall Correspondent, The Times , 1976-1982; journalist, The Economist , 1982; home leader, writer and columnist, The Times , 1982-1984; co-founder of the Institute of Contemporary British History, 1986; columnist: New Statesman , 1986-1987; The Independent , 1987-1991; Director , 1989-1993; The Tablet , 2003-; regular presenter of the BBC Radio 4 Analysis programme, 1987-1992; Professor of Contemporary History, Queen Mary, University of London, 1992-2000; Atlee Professor of Contemporary British History, Queen Mary, University of London, since 2001.

Publications: Cabinet (1986),

Whitehall (1989),

Never Again: Britain 1945-51 (1992),

The Hidden Wiring: Unearthing the British Constitution (1995),

The Prime Minister: The Office and Its Holders since 1945 (2000)

The Secret State: Whitehall and the Cold War (2002)

Having It So good: Britain In The Fifties (2006)


Original order.

Conditions Governing Access

The Archives are available for access in an Archives Reading Room located on the 2nd Floor of the Mile End Library. The Archives Reading Room is open Tuesdays to Thursdays 10am-4.30pm and Monday and Friday by appointment only. Users are invited to contact the Archives in advance, so that more information can be supplied concerning archive collections of relevance to their research. Contact the Archives for more information: Archives, Mile End Library, QMUL, 328 Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS, telephone: 020 7882 3873, email us. For more information about the Archives see the website: Queen Mary Archives

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the Archives, c 2000.

Other Finding Aids

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Some items on video and audio cassette.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Drewery. Sources: Who's Who.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for copies for research or publication should be made to the College Archivist: Main Library QMUL, Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS, telephone 020 7882 3873, email us.