How do I search this site?

You can search the whole site

  • by date or period: using any individual date or user-defined period; there are also some useful pre-defined periods
  • by value: every item on the site is classified by an importance grading of one to four (key, major, minor, trivial)
  • by subject: all material on the site has been indexed by hand under 90 subject headings, so you can search for subjects not readily or uniquely identified by any word (or words in combination) in the text itself

You can also search for any word occurring in the text.

You can browse the full list of statements from the earliest statement, or by period.

What does the site contain?

Essential Margaret Thatcher includes a brief biography, chronology, and commentary, with links to supporting documents and photos.

Speeches, interviews, and other statements by Lady Thatcher over the whole course of her career. See below for a full list of the 17 different kinds of statement included (speeches, press conferences, interviews, etc).

US-related material

Reagan-related material

Archive is an archive of documents relating to Lady Thatcher’s political career (including many government and party publications, as well as some previously unpublished material).

Commentary is a full listing of the literature on Margaret Thatcher. In addition, some books & articles are available in full or in part in this section of the site.

Chronology of key political events.

About the Foundation and visit sites to which we link

Foundation press releases

Different kinds of public statements

  • Article
  • Press Conference
  • Speech
  • Written Statement
  • Message
  • Remarks
  • Letter
  • House of Commons Speech
  • House of Commons Statement
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Questions
  • House of Commons Intervention
  • House of Commons Committee
  • House of Lords
    • All statements in the House of Lords
  • Interview
    • Written press only
  • TV Interview
  • Radio Interview
  • TV Broadcast
  • Radio Broadcast