Matthew Bailey has published work on a variety of topics regarding British politics, in particular the Conservative Party and Margaret Thatcher's election as party leader. Between 2005 and 2008 Matthew has also been working on the frontline of British politics - managing the constituency office of one of Hull's MPs. With that experience behind him he has become poacher turned gamekeeper, assessing the representation of our political masters across a variety of fictional forms.
Recent papers on this subject include: 'Sympathy for the Devil: must fictional portraits of politicians be so negative?' (delivered at the 2007 Political Studies Association Conference) and 'Stranded on the middle ground: reflections on consensus in post-war political film and fiction' (presented to the 2009 PSA Conference).
Chris Burgess manages the collections at the People’s History Museum, Britain's National Museum of Democracy. Chris has curated a number of high profile exhibitions at the Museum including Picturing Politics: Exploring the British Political Poster and Election! Britain Votes, an exhibition that charted the history of general elections over the past 100 years. The New Statesman hailed Election! as a 'curatorial triumph'.
Chris was awarded his PhD on the history of British election posters in 2014: he was supervised by Professor Steven Fielding. He has published chapters and articles on election posters, the history of museums, Peterloo, as well as museums and World War One. In 2015 the Guardian's John Harris called Chris a 'genial, endlessly enthusiastic presence': he had admittedly met him on a really good day.