Stephen K. Roberts

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Historical Society and the Learned Society of Wales

Stephen K. Roberts has deep roots in and around Bridgend, Glamorgan, and was educated there and at the Universities of Sussex, Exeter and London. His doctoral thesis at Exeter was on relations between central government and the provinces, focusing on Devon, during the Commonwealth, Protectorate and Restoration periods, 1649-1670. Stephen was for many years a tutor-organiser in the west midlands for the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), teaching and organising courses for adult learners, mainly in history. In 1997 he became editor of the House of Commons 1640-60 project at the History of Parliament Trust in London, and served as Director of the Trust in the three years before his retirement in December 2020.  The History is generally regarded as one of the most ambitious, authoritative and well-researched projects in the field of British studies.

He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Historical Society and the Learned Society of Wales, and has held honorary positions at the Universities of Birmingham, Swansea and University College London. He has for many years been active in the governance of several historical bodies, including the academic journal, Midland History, the Worcestershire Historical Society, the Cromwell Association and the Dugdale Society.

Stephen K. Roberts

Their programmes

Many controversies swirl around the legacy of Oliver Cromwell and over the centuries it has become increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction.

Interviews, Key Questions, Oliver Cromwell

To unravel this historiography Contributing Editor, Professor Andrew Hopper, sat down with Dr Stephen Roberts, the distinguished Emeritus Editor of The History of Parliament.

Academic, Interviews

John Pym, who was born in 1584 and died in December 1643, was one of the most important Parliamentary figures in the years leading up to the outbreak of the Civil Wars.

1640, 1641, 1642, Charles I, Interviews

Events which affected the course of British history are revealed in the “History of Parliament” Project.

English Civil Wars, Interviews