History Today

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History Today
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Mohamoud Ali Shire, the 20th Sultan of the Somali Warsangali Sultanate, pictured on the cover of History Today magazine.
Editor Paul Lay
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 21,000
Publisher Andy Patterson
First issue January 1951
Company History Today Ltd
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Website www.historytoday.com
ISSN 0018-2753

History Today is an illustrated history magazine. Published monthly in London since January 1951, it aims to present serious and authoritative history to as wide a public as possible. It covers all periods and geographical regions and publishes articles of traditional narrative history alongside new research and historiography.[1] A sister publication History Review, produced tri-annually until April 2012, provided information for sixth-form history students.

In a 2008—09 House of Commons report assessing the effect of the BBC entering the magazine market, in its niche genre History Today was described as a "market leader".[2]


Founded by Brendan Bracken, Minister of Information after the Second World War, chairman of the Financial Times and lieutenant to Sir Winston Churchill, the magazine has been independently owned since 1981. The founding co-editors were Peter Quennell (1951–79) and Alan Hodge (1951–78); subsequent editors were Michael Crowder (1979–81); Michael Trend (1981–82); Juliet Gardiner (1981–85); Gordon Marsden (1985–97) and Peter Furtado (1997–2008). The current editor is Paul Lay.

The website contains all the magazine's published content since 1951 and launched a digital edition in 2012.

History Review was a tri-annual sister publication of History Today magazine publishing material for sixth-form level history students. The final issue of History Review was published in April 2012 but the archive of published material is available for research in the History Today archive.


History Today generally commissions its articles directly from academic authors and historians, though it does accept unsolicited essays from freelance historians and others if the article is deemed to be serious history, of wide interest or of academic worth.[3]

Awards ceremony[edit]

In conjunction with the Longman/History Today Charitable Trust, History Today holds an annual awards ceremony at which presentations are made to historians, researchers and others whose worked has helped promote history to the wider public.

In 2003 an award to be annually presented to the undergraduate student producing the best dissertation was instigated as a joint enterprise with the Royal Historical Society.[4]




Further reading[edit]

  • Wenborn, Neil, ed. The History today companion to British history (London: Collins & Brown, 1995) 4500 entries in 840 pages

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