Harold Wilson at 100: white heat and after | University of Oxford

Harold Wilson at 100: white heat and after

Peter John Hennessy, Baron Hennessy of Nympsfield, FBA
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17:15 - 18:15
Weston Library
Broad Street
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Lecture Theatre (access via Blackwell Hall)

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Lectures and seminars
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Harold Wilson made the political weather in British politics as soon as he became Leader of the Labour Party in early 1963. He transformed the British economy, harnessing the 'white heat' of technology and the techniques of economic planning, and its sustained performance permitted a drive for social justice and a better society.

He was an accomplished political orator and operator adept at using the media with great skill especially in his early days as Prime Minister.

Yet his Cabinets were embattled with the country's deep set economic problems and the weakness of the pound sterling on the foreign exchanges. His last years in 10 Downing Street 1974-76 were marked by economic and industrial crises.

A century after his birth, how do the Wilson years shape up in the longer perspective of history?

To accompany the display 'Harold Wilson' in Blackwell Hall, Weston Library