Dorothy Thompson

Dorothy Thompson (1923 - 2011)

Dorothy Thompson was a historian, teacher and activist. She is probably best known for her seminal work The Chartists, and for her reassessment of Queen Victoria, though she herself considered her finest achievement to be the guidance of a succession of talented history graduates. Some of these collaborated in publishing a collection of essays in her honour, The Duty of Discontent, in 1995. She was active in the peace movement and the women’s movement, and edited Our Dead Bodies, Women against the Bomb. In her later years she was a reliable and generous source of information for friends and family as well as for researchers and colleagues.


A list of primary and secondary publications can he found here.