Dr Philip Salmon

Current Research

Published Volumes

Research Fellow Commons 1820-1832

History of Parliament Research

I joined the History of Parliament in 1997 after completing my doctorate at Oxford University. For the next eleven years I worked on the 1820-32 House of Commons volumes, which were published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. In 2009 I was appointed editor of the new 1832-1945 House of Commons project.

Research and Publications

My interests include:

• The development of early democratic institutions (national, local and colonial) in Britain, Ireland and Australia, c.1800-1914; their practical workings and impact on the emergence of distinctive political identities; the related ideas, literature and historiography of electoral reform movements
• Elections and the role of the MP in Victorian politics; the cult of the public figure and the changing practices and functions of popular representation
• IT applications in history: quantification and digitisation; computer-based psephology; the impact of the web on politica