Promoting History

National Archivescrop.jpgFor nearly 150 years the RHS has held a unique role as advocate for the historical profession. In recent years there has been a huge increase in the popularity of history reflected in the glittering array of organisations that promote it, from the BBC to national museums and archives. But only the RHS has the track record and professional authority to act as the body respected by government and the public to represent the interests of historical research and of the scholars who provide it, whether they work as lone researchers or in colleges and universities or in archives and museums.

How we can do more

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Jo Fox, Hon. Director of Communications

The RHS is increasingly called upon to contribute to public-policy debates. To do this properly requires keeping up with a growing body of government reports and consultations, regular meetings with funding bodies, civil servants and politicians, requests for responses from the media, and liaison with our colleagues. Our voluntary leadership devotes a great deal of time and energy to these good causes, but we need more help with research, communications and advocacy. Our aim is to have the capacity to conduct major initiatives relating to public history, history in the schools, the academic profession and support for research.

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