Justin Champion, Professor of the History of Ideas, was educated at King Edward VIth Grammar School, Southampton, and Churchill College, Cambridge. He has taught History at Royal Holloway since 1990. A regular broadcaster on the radio and television the focus of his historical interests are the history of political liberty, the radical English Enlightenment, and the impact of epidemic disease in London. He has just been elected as President of the Historical Association which brings together young historians in schools, their teachers, and historians in local communities. He is acting as advisor to the 2015 British Library Magna Carta Exhibition, as well as contributing to the national commemorative activity.