History Today
History Today, May 2020.
EditorRhys Griffiths and Kate Wiles
Circulation17,100 (2019)
PublisherKirsten Price
First issueJanuary 1951; 73 years ago (January 1951)
CompanyHistory Today Ltd
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon

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.[1] The magazine covers all periods and geographical regions and publishes articles of traditional narrative history alongside new research and historiography.[2] 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, 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. 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]


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  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, Cambridge University Press, vol. 12, no. Sixth Series, 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.