Every gift made to the RHS is important for the future development of the study of history. We are a learned society with charitable status, receiving no government funding and reliant on philanthropic support.
Over the last decade the RHS has had to adapt and grow in a rapidly changing academic environment. Reduced government funding for education, the impact of digital technology, and a more atomised university system have all presented challenges to historians. Britain’s exit from the European Union will present new challenges, particularly regarding research funding, international collaboration, and the rights of students and academic staff from outside the UK.
Amidst such change, it is vitally important that our discipline has a strong voice and reliable support, and the Society has responded by taking on new roles, advocating for history and historians of all kinds with government, funding bodies, and universities, as well as publicising our historical work to the wider public. We have also expanded our support for excellent research through our publishing, our postgraduate grants, and our prizes (as part of our ongoing commitment to recognise achievement).
As we near our 150th anniversary in 2018, we have embarked on a campaign to raise funds for the Society’s modest endowment, so that we can ensure permanent support for these new and vital activities. Last year, with a generous matching grant of £25,000 from Dr Lisbet Rausing and Professor Peter Baldwin, your contributions helped us to raise £50,000 to support the Society’s work and future. This year we are aiming to raise £50,000 on our own, directly from the Members, Fellows, and friends of the Society.
Donate We aim to extend our activities in three main areas:
Support for researchIncrease our expenditure on grants to postgraduate researchers, at a time of cuts in higher education spending.
Investing in PublicationsInvesting in our publications, in order to maintain their high quality and at the same time make them more widely accessible through open-access.