Margaret Thatcher’s life was a testament to the values of hard work, courage, and principle, which she espoused so strongly and encouraged in others, whatever their political leanings. It is her indomitable spirit and energy that The Margaret Thatcher Centre seeks to capture and to share with the wider public and future generations.
The Centre will also serve as a source of information and education on the role of Prime Minister, critical periods in the UK’s history during Lady Thatcher’s life, and the widespread impact of Lady Thatcher’s policies.
Margaret Hilda Thatcher was Britain’s first female Prime Minister. Born in Grantham, Lincolnshire and educated at Oxford University, the young Margaret Roberts trained as a scientist and as a tax lawyer before entering Parliament in 1959.
Having married Denis Thatcher, a successful businessman, in 1951, Margaret Thatcher raised twins, Carol and Mark, while developing a promising parliamentary career as Member of Parliament for Finchley.
Rising quickly through the ministerial ranks, Margaret Thatcher entered the Cabinet as Education Secretary in 1970. After Ted Heath’s second election defeat during 1974, Margaret Thatcher successfully challenged him for the leadership of the Conservative Party in February 1975.
She went on to win three general elections in 1979, 1983 and 1987 before leaving office after 11½ years in November 1990.