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The Bath Branch of the Historical Association organises a full programme of talks, visits and social events covering all aspects of history and historical research





Our live lectures take place at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI). BRLSI complies with current government Covid-19 guidelines: hand sanitizer is readily available, well-spaced seating ensures social distancing, and visitors are asked to wear face coverings inside the building. Or if regulations prevent live lectures they will be delivered via Zoom

You will need to reserve a place if you would like to attend our next lecture

To book phone 01225 812945

22 April 2021

The Crisis of the Meritocracy: How popular demand made Britain into a mass education society

Professor Peter Mandler (Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge) President of the Historical Association


Peter Mandler was born in the USA in 1958, educated at Oxford and Harvard Universities, and has taught in Britain since 1991 and in Cambridge since 2001, where he is now Professor of Modern Cultural History at the University of Cambridge and Bailey College Lecturer in History at Gonville and Caius College. He writes on the cultural, social and intellectual history of Britain since c. 1800 and on the history of the humanities and the social sciences in the English-speaking world. From 2012 to 2016 he served a four-year term as President of the Royal Historical Society and from 2020 to 2023 he is serving a three-year term as President of the Historical Association. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His latest book The Crisis of the Meritocracy: Britain's Transition to Mass Education since the Second World War was published in autumn 2020 by Oxford University Press.