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HENNESSY, Peter John (b 1947)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0370 PJH
Held at: Queen Mary, University of London
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Full title: HENNESSY, Peter John (b 1947)
Date(s): [1970-2000]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 72 records management boxes
Name of creator(s): Hennessy | Peter John | b 1947 | journalist and Professor of Contemporary History
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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)


Scope and content/abstract:

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.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order.

Conditions governing access:

The Archives are available for access in the Archives Reading Room located on the 2nd Floor of the Mile End Library. The Archives Reading Room is open Mondays to Fridays 9am-4pm by appointment only. Contact the Archives for more information: Archives, Main Library QMUL, 328 Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS, telephone: 020 7882 3873, email: For more information about the Archives see the website:

Conditions governing reproduction:

Applications for copies for research or publication should be made to the Archivist: Main Library QMUL, 328 Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS, telephone: 020 7882 7873, email:

Finding aids:

No additional finding aids.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in the Archives, c 2000.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

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

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Aug 2008

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