Goodbye and Good Luck to Dr James Owen!

Dr James Owen

Dr James Owen

This month we bid farewell to Dr James Owen, who is leaving the 1832-68 project for a teaching post in the USA. Since joining us in 2009 James has completed over 200 MP biographies and almost 30 full-length constituency articles ranging across the entire country – a huge contribution totalling over half a million words. Somehow he also found time to manage our social media and write an extremely well-received book on Labour and the Caucus, details of which can be found here.

Nottingham election riots: badly damaged committee rooms

Nottingham election riots: badly damaged committee rooms

James’s many articles for us include studies of the outrageously corrupt borough of Harwich, with its 18 contested elections, new analyses of county politics in places as diverse as County Durham and Suffolk, and accounts of towns and cities targeted by the Chartists such as Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Nottingham, the latter of which became notorious for its election riots. A full list of James’s constituency articles appears below. Along with the 200+ related MPs he has profiled, most of this material can now be accessed on our preview site.

As well as wishing James all the best in his new post we would like to pay tribute to his dedication, good humour and extraordinary productivity. We will miss him hugely.


Constituency articles by Dr James Owen:

  • Bury St Edmunds 
  • Carlisle
  • Cockermouth
  • Colchester
  • Cumberland East
  • Cumberland West
  • Durham City
  • Durham North
  • Durham South
  • East Retford
  • Essex North
  • Essex South
  • Eye
  • Gateshead
  • Grantham
  • Harwich
  • Morpeth
  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Northumberland North
  • Northumberland South
  • Norwich
  • Nottingham 
  • Nottinghamshire North
  • Nottinghamshire South
  • Suffolk East
  • Suffolk West
  • Sunderland
  • Thetford
  • Tynemouth and North Shields
  • Westmorland
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