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David Lawton

Modern History

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David Lawton joined the GHIL in April 2021 as a PhD researcher. He is working on the BMBF-funded project‘Euroscepticism in Britain from the 1970s to the 1990s’.

Research Project

Euroscepticism in Britain from the 1970s to the 1990s

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David’s doctoral research explores the development of Euroscepticism in relation to British national identity and culture in late twentieth century Britain. His thesis explores how popular attitudes towards the European project developed after 1975, assessing the extent to which British people were encouraged to experience Britishness and Europeanness as discrete categories over this period. Touching on heated debates about imperial nostalgia, tabloid culture, and national exceptionalism within British culture; his work seeks to open a window onto the relationship between Eurosceptic politics, British culture, and the institutions through which these were mediated to wider publics.

Responsibilities at the GHIL

  • Student PhD Researcher

Research Interests

  • 20th Century British History
  • Euroscepticism
  • Heritage & Popular Culture

Education and Academic Background

2021–PhD Researcher, German Historical Institute London
2021–PhD in History, St. Mary, University of London
2019–2020MA in History, University College London
2014–2017BA in History, St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford


Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships

2021–BMBF-funded PhD studentship:‘Euroscepticism in Britain from the 1970s to the 1990s’


Honours and Distinctions

2020MA dissertation prize for the highest mark in the cohort of MA programme at UCL
2017Jane Willis Kirkaldy Prize for best undergraduate thesis in the history of Science, Medicine, and Technology at the University of Oxford