Asa Briggs

Cobden and Bright

Asa Briggs reflects on two Victorian radicalists who employed controversial new means to secure power, drawing both fervent disciples and bitter enemies, before their eventual defeat as part of a reaction against the ideas and methods of the 1840’s.

Manningham Mills, Bradford

Manningham Mills, a symbol of the last century's industrial power, is now to become part of Bradford's renaissance as an exhibition at the city's Cartwright Hall in Lister Park shows.

Portrait Of Britain: 1900

Asa Briggs completes our Portrait of Britain series with a survey of the islands at the beginning of the 20th century.

Faces of the Century: A Personal Choice

The exhibition 'Faces of the Century', at the National Portrait Gallery, presents the 100 choices of ten leading figures from British politics, art, music, business and media that represent Britain in the 20th century.

The March of Time

Asa Briggs comments on the historical division of time, and whether such landmarks as centuries and millennia hold any real meaning.

What is the History of Popular Culture? (i)

'All human life is there'. But is it - and can it be interpreted on a par with the chronicles of the great and good? Five social historians discuss the relevance of history without 'kings and things'.