Dr Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite

Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite is a historian of twentieth-century Britain. Her PhD examined political and popular ideas about class in England between c. 1969 and 2000. Other historical subjects she has an interest in include gender, sexuality, prostitution and homelessness. From 2013-15 she was a Junior Research Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge. She is working on a study of women's activism in the miners' strike of 1984-5 with Dr Natalie Thomlinson (University of Reading). 

This research has led to a special exhibition at the National Coal Mining Museum for England; an online version of the exhibition is also available. 

Major publications

  • 'Neo-liberalism and morality in the making of Thatcherite social policy,' Historical Journal (2012)
  • '"Class" in the development of British Labour Party ideology, 1983-1997', Archiv für Sozialgeschichte (2013)
  • Class, politics, and the decline of deference in England, 1968-2000, Oxford University Press, 2018

For a full list of publications, see Florence's Iris profile.


  • British History 1850-1997 (first- and second-year undergraduate survey course)
  • Social change, new social movements and politics in Britain post-1945 (second- and third-year undergraduate thematic module)
  • Queer histories in Britain from the 1880s to the 1980s (third-year undergraduate advanced seminar course)
  • 'The bedrock of society'? Marriage and family in twentieth-century Britain (session on second-year research seminar course)
  • 20th Century British history: ideologies, identities, cultures, controversies (MA History elective module)