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History Today
History Today, March 2024.
EditorRhys Griffiths and Kate Wiles
Circulation17,100 (2019)
PublisherAmanda Synott
First issueJanuary 1951; 73 years ago (January 1951)
CompanyHistory Today Ltd
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon

History Today is a history magazine. Published monthly in London since January 1951, it presents serious and authoritative history to as wide a public as possible.[1] The magazine covers all periods and geographical regions and publishes articles of traditional narrative history alongside new research and historiography.[2]


The magazine was founded after the Second World War, by Brendan Bracken, former Minister of Information, chairman of the Financial Times and close associate of Sir Winston Churchill.[3] The magazine has been independently owned since 1981.[4] The founding co-editors were Peter Quennell, a "dashing English man of letters",[5] and Alan Hodge, former journalist at the Financial Times.[3]

The website contains all the magazine's published content since 1951. A digital edition, available on a dedicated app, was launched in 2012 and re-released with improvements in 2015.[6]

History Review was a tri-annual sister publication of History Today magazine publishing material for sixth form level history students. Launched in 1995, the final issue of History Review was published in April 2012.[7]



Since 1997, The Longman-History Today Charitable Trust has held an annual awards ceremony at which presentations are made to those that have fostered a wider understanding of, and enthusiasm for, history. The main prize in the Longman-History Today Awards is for Book of the Year, given for an author's first or second history book.[12] Since 2003, a prize for an undergraduate dissertation has been presented in association with the Royal Historical Society.[13] The Trustees' Award is presented to a person or organisation that has made a major contribution to history.[14] Past winners of the Trustees' Award include Professor David Olusoga.[15]


  1. ^ Terry Haydn (2015). "History magazines in the UK". Commercialised History. Popular History Magazines in Europe: Approaches to a Historico-Cultural Phenomenon as the Basis for History Teaching (PDF). Peter Lang AG. pp. 275–294. ISBN 9783631657799. JSTOR j.ctv9hj7qx.13.
  2. ^ iholowaty (2015-05-19). "New e-access: History Today, 1951-current". Bodleian History Faculty Library at Oxford. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  3. ^ a b Peter Furtado. "History Today - Articles - Making History". archives.history.ac.uk. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  4. ^ "History Today and tomorrow - trust established to take over History Today magazine - Brief Article". IndexArticles. 2021-06-30. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  5. ^ Lambert, Bruce (1993-10-31). "Peter Quennell, a Man of Letters And Man About Town, Dies at 88". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  6. ^ "History Today magazine changes digital publishing platform, launches new digital edition app". Retrieved 2022-01-24.
  7. ^ "British Library Item details". primocat.bl.uk. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  8. ^ "Gordon Marsden". 2002-10-21. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  9. ^ "Peter Furtado". thamesandhudson.com. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  10. ^ "Media jobs UK: Latest big moves in news media tracked by Press Gazette". Press Gazette. 2022-02-24. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  11. ^ "Masthead | History Today". www.historytoday.com. Retrieved 2022-06-23.
  12. ^ "The Longman-History Today Book of the Year longlist is announced, with three Yale titles in the running". Yale University Press London Blog. 2011-11-09. Retrieved 2022-02-25.
  13. ^ "Transactions of the Royal Historical Society", Royal Historical Society, vol. 12, no. Sixth Series, Cambridge University Press, 16 January 2003, ISBN 978-0-521-81561-1
  14. ^ "Awards; History Today". www.historytoday.com.
  15. ^ Bev Creagh (2021-10-04). "Top historian for University of Bedfordshire's Black and British online event". www.lutontoday.co.uk. Retrieved 2022-02-25.

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