Jerry White


London Historian

Professor Jerry White has been writing London history since the early 1970s, much of it while pursuing a career in local government. He is a former Chief Executive of the London Borough of Hackney, and retired as Local Government Ombudsman in 2009. In 1975 he was lucky enough to become associated with Raphael Samuel and became a member of the editorial collective of History Workshop Journal from 1976. His first two books were oral histories of contrasting London communities. From 1997 he was engaged on a largescale study of modern London, beginning with London in the Twentieth Century: A City and Its People, winner of the Wolfson History Prize in 2002; this was followed by London in the Nineteenth Century: ‘A Human Awful Wonder of God’, and the final volume of the trilogy, London in the Eighteenth Century: A Great and Monstrous Thing, was published by the Bodley Head in 2012. He has been associated with History and Policy since 2003. He was awarded the Hon. Degree of D. Litt. by the University of London in 2005 and was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2008. Since 2009 he has been teaching London history at Birkbeck. His Zeppelin Nights. London in the First World War was published in May this year; it has recently won the Spear’s Book Award for Social History of the Year.