|First issue||January 1951|
|Company||History Today Ltd|
History Today is an illustrated history magazine. Published monthly in London since January 1951, it presents serious and authoritative history to as wide a public as possible. The magazine covers all periods and geographical regions and publishes articles of traditional narrative history alongside new research and historiography. A sister publication History Review, produced tri-annually until April 2012, provided information for sixth form history students.
The magazine was founded after the Second World War, by Brendan Bracken, Minister of Information, chairman of the Financial Times and close associate of Sir Winston Churchill. The magazine has been independently owned since 1981. The founding co-editors were Peter Quennell, a 'dashing English man of letters' and Alan Hodge, former journalist at the Financial Times.
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.
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.
The history departments of the Ohio State University and Miami University recognized the magazine as a "Best in History Online pick" as "a history magazine who aims to bring serious history to a wide audience."
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. Since 2003, a prize for an undergraduate dissertation has been presented in association with the Royal Historical Society. The Trustees' Award is presented to a person or organisation that has made a major contribution to history. Past winners of the Trustees' Award include Professor David Olusoga.