At Home in One’s Past – Nostalgia as a Political and Cultural Force. Report Launch


On 5 June 2018, we launched our new report At Home in One’s Past at an evening event in central London. Read the report in full here. 

Demos has been investigating the growing influence of nostalgia in the social and political cultures of three countries – Great Britain, France and Germany. This event presented the findings of our research, including large suites of focus groups with citizens in each country and interviews with political leaders and journalists.

Through a lively and provocative panel debate, the panel discussed why so many people are feeling disenchanted with the present, and apprehensive about the future – and whether this is encouraging people to look to the past as a time of safety and security. We will also explore how politicians can help to navigate change in turbulent times.

With grateful thanks to our speakers:

– David Aaronovitch, columnist at The Times
– Professor Helen Thompson, Professor of Political Economy, University of Cambridge, regular panelist on the ‘Talking Politics’ podcast
– Claire Fox, Director, Institute for Ideas and panellist on BBC’s Moral Maze
– Simon Heffer, columnist at The Telegraph and historian
– Fred Studemann, Literary Editor of the Financial Times and former Berlin correspondent
– Chair – Sophie Gaston, Deputy Director, Demos