welcome to the online home of the Past & Present Society

welcome to the online home of the Past & Present Society

welcome to the online home of the Past & Present Society

About P&P

Founded in 1952, the Past and Present Society runs a journal, Past and Present, has its own book series, sponsors conferences, and appoints up to four postdoctoral fellows every year.

Past and Present is widely acknowledged to be the liveliest and most stimulating historical journal in the English-speaking world. The journal’s contents reflect the Society’s

belief that history should be accessible and interesting to a wide range of readers, and its articles are intended to appeal to non-specialists as well as to experts. Since its inception in 1952, the mark of a P&P article was that it should be a properly researched study which showed an awareness of the wider implications of that research. Its remit is worldwide, and across all time periods.


Registration and Programme for Sound to Access Heritage event

By Josh Allen - October 30, 2023 (0 comments)

Received from Suzanne Cloves (Manchester Metropolitan University) How can we best use sound to support access to heritage? A public discussion with panellists, presented by Manchester Centre for Public History…


Introducing "Firearms and the State in Sixteenth-Century Italy: Gun Proliferation and Gun Control"

By Josh Allen - October 10, 2023 (0 comments)

by Prof. Catherine Fletcher (Manchester Metropolitan University) Asked to draw up a list of important early modern technologies, few historians would ignore guns and gunpowder. Yet the detail of firearms’…


Royal Historical Society awards six part Past & Present funded Masters’ Scholarships to early career historians for 2023-24

By Josh Allen - October 6, 2023 (0 comments)

from the Royal Historical Society The Royal Historical Society is delighted to award Masters’ Scholarships to the following six students. Each student is now beginning a Masters’ degree in History for the…




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