A new look at Lord Palmerston (1784-1865) is long overdue. He has escaped the biographerís gaze for at least one generation, and his statecraft at home and abroad deserve a deeper analysis than they have earned so far. In July 2003 the University of Southamptonís Centre for the Study of Britain and its Empire will host a conference devoted to current Palmerston scholarship, with the aim of putting Lord Palmerston back on the political map. Broadlands in Hampshire was Palmerstonís country seat during his lifetime, and in the early 1980s the University of Southampton Library became the keeper of Palmerstonís archive. So it is entirely appropriate that the Highfield campus of the university should host this residential international conference, featuring 25 different scholars from the UK, Canada, USA, France, Germany and Japan. The conference will include a display of Palmerstoniana (compiled by undergraduate historians) and presentations on the Palmerston archive and other related holdings in the University Library. There will be full local and national media coverage, and the event will be open to members of the public. Some bursaries will be available to enable postgraduate and junior scholars to attend.
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