New Workshop Grant programme: 8 projects receive funding, 2022-23

2 December 2022

The Society is pleased to announce the 8 recipients of its new programme of Workshop Grants. Each award is for £1000 per workshop, to support the creation and running of a day event on the chosen topic. Workshops bring together historians at all career stages to engage in detail with a shared project, leading to publications, project development, grant applications and networking, among other outcomes.

One set of 4 Workshops will lead to publication of articles in the Society’s journal, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society.

A second set of 4 Workshop Grants support projects with a wider range of potential outcomes: for example, beginning and testing a research idea, pilot work, grant applications, networking, or publishing and communication in other formats.

Both programmes will run again in 2023, with further details announced on the Society’s website in due course.

Transactions Workshops

In summer 2022, Harshan Kumarasingham and Kate Smith — co-editors of the Society’s academic journal, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society issued a call for funded workshops leading to publication of research in the journal. Four awards have now been made in this category. Recipients will hold their events in 2023 and then work with the journal’s co-editors to develop content for publication in Transactions:

  • ’80 Years of the Bengal Famine (1943): Decolonial Dialogues from the Global South’ — lead organisers: Priyanka Basu and Ananya Jahanara Kabir (King’s College London)
  • ‘Transnational Activism in a Divided World: the Regional within the Global’ — lead organisers: Daniel Laqua (Northumbria) and Thomas Davies (City, University of London)
  • ‘The Future of Our Past: Where is Environmental History Heading?’ — lead organiser: Alexander Hibberts (Durham)
  • ‘Parliamentary Culture in Colonial Contexts, c.1500 – c.1700’ — lead organisers: Paul Seaward (History of Parliament Trust), Pauline Kewes (Oxford) and Jim Van der Meulen (Ghent)


As editors of ‘Transactions’, Harshan and I were really pleased to receive so many high quality applications covering a span of different histories and approaches. We are excited to see how the chosen workshops develop and look forward to working with the organisers to further their publication ideas and plans for the journal in 2023.

Kate Smith, Co-Editor, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society

Further details of the Transactions Workshops for 2023-24 will be announced in Spring 2023.

Royal Historical Society (RHS) Workshops

The call for proposals produced a large number of very high quality applications. Wishing to support more of these, the Society has therefore decided to fund a further four Workshops to enable researchers to develop their projects. The following four RHS Workshops will also take place in 2023.

  • ‘Early Modern Error’ — lead organiser: Alice Leonard (Coventry)
  • ‘Women and Plantations: New Directions in Tudor and Stuart Colonial History’ — lead organiser: Lauren Working (York)
  • ‘Beyond the ‘Good’ / ’Bad’ Migrant Dichotomy: ways forward for early modern and contemporary history’ — lead organiser: Kathleen Commons (Sheffield)
  • ‘Unboxing the Family Archive: New Approaches to Intergenerational Collections’ — lead organiser: Imogen Peck (Birmingham)


Many congratulation to all eight recipients of the Society’s Workshop awards for 2022-23. The breath and creativity of the applications we received was very striking, and the Society is delighted to make possible these opportunities for historians to meet and discuss their shared research in detail. 

Supporting research and building research networks — between historians at different institutions and careers stages — is a priority for the Royal Historical Society. This year’s applications show clearly the value of such support. We look forward to continuing this new programme in 2023: both to enable publishing in ‘Transactions’ and to enhance knowledge and connections within our research communities.

Emma Griffin, President of the Royal Historical Society


Further details of the RHS Workshops for 2023-24 will be announced in Summer 2023.

For more on this new programme, please see the Workshop Grants page of the website.