Homefront Food Production, England, 1940s

English Regional History and Record Societies

** This Society’s publications can be found in the Royal Historical Society collections in the UCL History Library


Banbury History Society Publications

Enquiries to: Simon Townsend, Honorary Secretary, Museum Services Manager, Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 2IQ; tel. 01295-236165; simon.townsend@banburymuseum.org; https://www.banburymuseum.org/banbury-historical-society/


Bedfordshire Historical Record Society Publications

The Bedfordshire Historical Record Society has been publishing material on the history of Bedfordshire since 1912. Our annual volumes include both well researcher articles and monographs and also a wide variety of records relating to the county, each with a helpful introduction and detailed notes. A complete list of titles is available on the website.

Enquiries to: Margaret Evans, Secretary, Bedfordshire Historical Society, 48 St Augustine’s Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK40 2ND; secretary@bedfordshirehrs.org.uk ; http://www.bedfordshirehrs.org.uk


Berkshire Record Society Publications

Enquiries to: Dr Peter Durrant, General Editor, Berkshire Record Society, Berkshire Record Office, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading RG1 6AF; info@berkshirerecordsociety.org.uk; http://www.berkshirerecordsociety.org.uk


Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society Publications

Enquiries to: Graham J Barton, Honorary General Secretary, BGAS, 10 Paddock Gardens, Longlevens, Gloucester, GL2 0ED;  tel. 01452 414279; secretary@bgas.org.uk; http://www.bgas.org.uk


Bristol Record Society Publications

Bristol Record Society aims to conserve the historic records of the City and County of Bristol and to make them available worldwide. In addition to more than 70 published volumes, the Society has digitised versions of all but its most recent publications on its website.  Digitised copies of other works on the history of Bristol may also be found on the website.

Enquiries to: Dr Kathleen Thompson, Honorary Secretary, Bristol Record Society; Email: bristolrecordsociety@gmail.com;  http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/History/bristolrecordsociety/index.htm


Buckinghamshire Record Society Publications

Enquiries to: David Noy, The Honorary Secretary, Buckinghamshire Record Society, Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies, County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 1UU; tel. 01296-383013; BucksRecSoc@gmail.com; https://www.bucksrecsoc.org.uk/


Camden History Society Publications

Camden’s local history society aims to research and describe the history of institutions, houses, people and social movements within what is now the London Borough of Camden, which includes the old boroughs of Hampstead, St Pancras and Holborn and the districts of Highgate, Kentish Town and Camden Town.

Enquiries to: http://www.camdenhistorysociety.org/


Cambridgeshire Record Society Publications

Enquiries to: Dr S Bendall, The Secretary, Cambridgeshire Records Society, The County Records Office, Box RES 1009, Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge CB3 0AP; tel. 01223-330476; info@cambsrecordsociety.co.uk ; http://www.cambsrecordsociety.co.uk


Canturbury & York Society Publications

The Canterbury and York Society exists to publish medieval bishops’ registers and other ecclesiastical records. It has published 100 volumes and more than fifty complete registers to date. Membership is open to all and at its AGM, a paper is given on some aspect of late medieval church history.

Enquiries to: Dr C R Fonge, Honorary Secretary, Canterbury and York Society, Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD; charles.fonge@york.ac.uk; http://www.canterburyandyork.org


Chetham Society Publications

The Chetham Society (founded 1843) publishes monographs and editions of documents relating to the historic counties of Lancashire and Cheshire, covering the period from the 13th to the 19th centuries and with a thematic scope embracing any aspect of the history of the region.

Enquiries to: S J Harris, The Secretary, The Chetham Society, Chetham’s Library, Long Millgate, Manchester, M3 1SB; chethamsociety1843@gmail.com; http://www.chethamsociety.org.uk


CCHS Publications

CCHS was founded in 1984 with the object as stated in its constitution, of advancing “the education of the general public in particular in the history and archaeology of Chipping Campden and surrounding villages.”

Enquiries to: The Chairman, CCHS, The Old Police Station, High Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6HB; tel. 01386-848840; enquiries@chippingcampdenhistory.org.uk; http://www.chippingcampdenhistory.org.uk


Clarendon Historical Society Publications


CWAAS Publications

Enquiries to: I D Caruana, Honorary Librarian, Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, 10 Peter Street, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8QP; tel. 01228 544120; http://www.cwaas.org.uk


Derbyshire Archaeological Society Publications

Enquiries to: S Peberdy, Honorary Secretary, Derbyshire Archaeological Society, 147 Havenbaulk Lane, Littleover, Derby, DE23 7AF; Susanpeberdy@gmail.com; http://www.derbyshireas.org.uk


Derbyshire Record Society Publications

The Derbyshire Record Society was established in 1977 to publish edited texts, monographs and pamphlets relating to the history of the county. The publishing progarmme seeks to strike a balance between different aspects of the county’s history, different parts of the country, and different periods. The society has also sought to publish material of national as well as local interest, and as well as traditional record texts, and has issued several monographs based on original research.

Enquiries to: Philip Riden, Secretary & General Editor, Derbyshire Record Society, 9 Owen Falls Avenue, Chesterfield S41 0FR ; editor@derbyshirerecordsociety.co.uk; http://www.derbyshirerecordsociety.org


Devon and Cornwall Record Society Publications

The Society was founded in 1904 to transcribe records relating to Devon and /or Cornwall. The Society publishes annual volumes covering many aspects of Westcountry history, which members receive. A full list is viewable on the website. Past volumes are available: contact the Administrator. Pre-war parish register transcriptions are housed in the Westcountry Studies Library, Exeter, for members’ use.

Enquiries to: Todd Gray, Chairman, Devon heritage Centre, Great Moor house, Bittern Road, Exeter, EX2 7NL; tel. 01392-272727; admin@devonandcornwallrecordsociety.co.uk; http://www.devonandcornwallrecordsociety.co.uk


Dorset Record Society Publications

Dorset Record Society was founded in 1962, ‘to seek out and publish original manuscripts material and rare published printed material relating to the County of Dorset.’ Dorset Record Society does not operate by subscription, but relies on sales of stock to fund future publications.

Enquiries to: Ann Smith, Secretary, Dorset Record Society, c/o Dorset History Centre, Bridport Rd, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RP; smith_wellbridge@btinternet.com;  http://dorsethistorynetwork.org/dorset-record-society


Essex Archaeological Society Publications

Enquiries to: John Hayward, Honorary Secretary, 26 Mountview Crescent, St Lawrence, Southminster, Essex, CM0 7NT; essexarcheology@hotmail.com/ http://esah1852.org.uk


Gloucestershire Record Series Publications

Enquiries to: Honorary Secretary, admin@bgas.org.uk; https://wwwbgas.org.uk/publications/recordseries.php


Halifax Antiquarian Society Publications

Enquiries to: Janet Ashton and Kay Rushworth; hassecretaries@hotmail.com; https://sites.google.com/site/halifaxukhistory/home


Hampshire Record Series Publications

Enquiries to: Hampshire Record Series, Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester SO23 8TH; enquiries.archives@hants.gov.uk; http://www3.hants.gov.uk/archives


Hampshire Record Society Publications


Henry Bradshaw Society Publications

Enquiries to: Dr Nicolas Bell, General Secretary, Trinity College, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ; http://www.henrybradshawsociety.org


Hertfordshire Record Society Publications

Hertfordshire is fortunate in possessing a vast number of historically important documents, dating from the early Middle Ages to the twenty-first century. Many are housed at Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies, others in the National Archives, in various local institutions, or in private ownership. The Society, founded in 1985, aims to make Hertfordshire’s written heritage more accessible.

Enquiries to: Hertfordshire Record Society, 119 Winton Drive, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 3QS; info@hrsociety.org.uk; http://www.hrsociety.org.uk


Isle of Wight Records Publications

Enquiries to: Isle of Wight County Record Office, 26 Hillside, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 2EB; record.office@iow.gov.uk; https://www.iwight.com/Residents/Libraries-Cultural-and-Heritage/Records-Office/


Kent Archaeological Society Publications

Enquiries to: Clive Drew, Honorary General Secretary, Kent Archaeological Society, Three Elms, Woodlands Lane, Shorne, Gravesend, Kent DA12 3HH; tel. 01474-822280; secretary@kentarchaeology.org.uk; http://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk


Record Society of Lancashire & Cheshire Publications

Enquiries to: Fiona Pogson, General Editor; enquiries@rslc.org.uk; http://rslc.org.uk/home/


Lincoln Record Society Publications

Enquiries to: Lincoln Record Society, c/o Lincoln Cathedral Library, Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX; info@lincoln-record-society.org.uk; http://www.lincoln-record-society.org.uk


London Record Society Publications

The London Record Society publishes London records in an accessible and scholarly format, and seeks to stimulate public interest in London archives. It organises an annual public lecture, hosts a web site, and publishes volumes of translations, abstracts and lists of primary sources. Many volumes are now available online.

Enquiries to: Helen Bradley, The Honorary Secretary, London Record Society, c/o Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London, WC1E 7HU;  londonrecordsoc@btinternet.com / http://www.londonrecordsociety.org.uk


London Topographical Society Publications

Enquiries to: Mike Wicksteed, Secretary and Website Editor, London Topographical Society, c/o 17 Park Rd, London W7 1EN; mike.wicksteed@btinternet.com/  http://www.topsoc.org

MANX SOCIETY (1859-1893)

Manx Society Publications

Enquiries to: Frances Coakly, editor@manxnotebook.com ;  http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/manxsoc/index.htm


Middlesex Record Society Publications


Newcastle Records Committee Publications


Newcastle Society of Antiquaries Publications

Enquiries to: Society of Antiquaries, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Great North Museum, Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE2 4PT; tel. 0191 231 2700; admin@newcastle-antiquaries.org.uk; http://www.newcastle-antiquaries.org.uk


Norfolk Record Society Publications

The Norfolk Record Society, an unincorporated charity, exists to encourage the study and preservation of Norfolk records and to publish editions of documents relating to the history of the county. Since its formation it has published annually a transcript of a significant and sometimes unusual manuscript or collection of manuscripts. The series now covers a time-span ranging from the twelfth to the twentieth century. All volumes are carefully edited, comprehensively indexed and include introductions explaining the background to the documents they present.

Enquiries to: Dr Alan Metters, The Honorary Secretary, Norfolk Record Society, c/o 29 Cintra Road, Norwich NR1 4AE; secretary@norfolkrecordsociety.org.uk ; http://www.norfolkrecordsociety.org.uk


Northamptonshire Record Society Publications

Enquiries to: Mr D Harries, Secretary, Northamptonshire Record Society, Woolton Hall Park, Northampton NN4 8BQ; tel. 01604 762 297; enquiries@northamptonshirerecordsociety.org.uk; http://www.northamptonshirerecordsociety.org.uk


North Riding Record Society Publications


Oxford Historical Society Publications

The Society exists to publish archives, historical texts, bibliographical tools and studies (from all periods) relating to Oxford – the City as much as the University, its Halls and Colleges – and the neighbouring villages and towns in pre-1972 Oxfordshire.

Enquiries to: Dr E Wells, Foreign and International Law Librarian, Bodleian Law Library, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UE; Elizabeth.Wells@bodleian.ox.ac.uk; http://www.oxhistsoc.org.uk


Oxfordshire Record Society Publications

The society was established in 1919 and its object is to publish texts, transcripts, abstracts and calendars of primary sources for the history of the County of Oxfordshire. The society aims to publish one volume a year for members and general sale.

Enquiries to: Paul Gaskell, Honorary Secretary, 28 Bulan Rd, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7HT; oxfordshirerecordsociety@gmail.com; http://www.oxfordshire-record-society.org.uk


Portsmouth Record Series Publications

Portsmouth Record Series exists to make the written sources for the city’s history widely available. It seeks especially to publish records sufficiently unusual to be of wider than local interest or records of types found elsewhere but not published. The series consists of calendars, catalogues and indexes.

Enquiries to: Portsmouth History Centre and Records Office, Central Library, Guidlhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2DX; cityhelpdesk@portsmouthcc.gov.uk ; http://www.portsmouthmuseums.co.uk


Rutland Local History and Record Society Publications

The Rutland Local History and Record Society originated in the 1930s. Its main aims are to promote all aspects of the history and archaeology of the historical county of Rutland and its immediate area. It does this by holding regular meetings and lectures (arranged jointly with the Friends of the Rutland County Museum), and special events. These include an annual full-day meeting in a Rutland village, history walks and visits to other places of interest. It has a small library of local history material, houses at the Rutland County Museum in Oakham, which complements the holdings of the museum and can be consulted by arrangement.

Enquiries to: Jill Kimber, Secretary, Rutland Local History and Record Society, Rutland County Museum, Catmose Street, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6HW; tel. 01572 758440; secretary@rutlandhistory.org; http://www.rutlandhistory.org


Shropshire Record Series Publications

Enquiries to: Fran Bumpus, Editor, Shroshire Records Series, Room CM0.25, Claus Moser Building, Keele University, Staffordshire,ST5 5BG; tel.01782733700;                                                        srs.editor@keele.ac.uk;  http://www.keele.ac.uk/risocsci/journals/theshropshirerecordseries/


Society of Antiquaries Publications

The Society of Antiquaries of London was founded in by Royal Charter in 1751. Its remit is the encouragement, advancement and furtherance of the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other countries.

Enquiries to: The Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE; tel. 020 7479 7080; admin@sal.org.uk; http://www.sal.org.uk


Societe Jersiaise Publications

Enquiries to: Société Jersiaise, 7 Pier Road, St Helier, Jersey JE2 4YW; tel. 1535 758 314; info@societe-jersiaise.org; http://www.societe-jersiaise.org


Somerset Record Society Publications

Enquiries to: David Bromwich, Victoria History of Somerset, Somerset Heritage Centre, Brunel Way, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton TA2 6SF; davidbromwich@freeolamail.com; http://www.westcountrygenealogy.com/somerset/somrecsoc.htm


Southampton Records Series Publications

Enquiries to: Southampton Records Series, Department of History, University of Southampton, Highfield Road, Southampton SO17 1BJ; srs@soton.ac.uk; https://store.southampton.ac.uk/product-catalogue/humanities/southampton-records-series


Staffordshire Record Society Publications

Enquiries to: The Honorary Secretary, Staffordshire Record Society, c/o William Salt Library, Eastgate Street, Stafford ST16 2LZ; william.salt.library@staffordshire.gov.uk; http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/STS/SRS.html


Suffolk Records Society Publications

Enquiries to: Claire Baker, Honorary Secretary, Suffolk Records Society, Westhorpe Lodge, Westhorpe, Stowmarket IP14 4TA; tel. 01449-781078; http://www.suffolkrecordssociety.com


Surrey Record Society Publications

Enquiries to: The Honorary Secretary, Surrey Record Society, Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking GU21 1ND; http://new.surreycc.gov.uk/heritage-culture-and-recreation/archives-and-history/surrey-history-centre/surrey-record-society/list-of-surrey-record-society-publications


Surtees Society Publications

The Surtees Society is dedicated to the publication of manuscripts illustrative of the history of the area of the former kingdom of Northumbria north east England, principally of County Durham and Northumberland. The Society was founded in 1834 in honour of Robert Surtees of Mainsforth (1779-1834), the author of The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham (1816-1840). Volumes continue to be published regularly, and new contributors are invited to contact the Secretary.

Enquiries to: Lydia Price, The Honorary Secretary, The Surtees Society, Department of History, 43 North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3EX; surtees.society@durham.ac.uk; http://www.surteessociety.org.uk


Sussex Record Society Publications

The Sussex Record Society was founded in 1901 with the aim of increasing the accessibility of the historical records of the county of Sussex by publishing original records found in national and local archive repositories, as well as privately owned sources.

Enquiries to: Ms Jennifer Mason, Secretary, c/o West Sussex Record Office, County Hall; tel. 01243-753680; Jennifer.Mason@westsussex.gov.uk ; http://www.sussexrecordsociety.org


Thoresby Society Publications

The Thoresby Society’s aims are to promote interest and research into the history of Leeds and its neighbourhood, and to collect, preserve and make available books, documents and other materials relating to the history of Leeds. The Society publishes annually articles, research papers and documents relating to the history of Leeds.

Enquiries to: Professor Peter Meredith, Honorary Librarian, The Thoresby Society, 18 Commercial Street, Leeds, LS1 6AL; secretary@thoresby.org.uk; http://www.thoresby.org.uk


Thoroton Society Publications

Enquiries to: Barbara Cast, Honorary Secretary, Thoroton Society, Little Dower House, Station Road, Bleasby, Nottinghamshire NG14 7FX; barbaracast@btinternet.com; http://www.thorotonsociety.org.uk


Wlitshire Record Society Publications

Enquiries to: Helen Taylor, The Honorary Secretary, Wiltshire Record Society, Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 3QN; tel. 01249 775500; secretary@wiltshirerecordsociety.org.uk;  http://www.wiltshirerecordsociety.org.uk


Woolhope Club Publications

The county archaeological, antiquarian and natural history society of Herefordshire. Founded in 1851. Enquiries to: Mr D Whitehead, The Honorary Secretary, Woolhope Club, 60 Hafod Road,Hereford HR1 1SQ; tel. 01432-269766; david.whitehead.hafod@care4free.net; http://www.woolhopeclub.org.uk


Worcestershire Historical Society Publications

Enquiries to: Worcestershire Historical Society, 13 Lanesfield Park, Evesham, Worcester WR11 4NU.


Yorkshire Archeological & Historical Society Publications

The Society publishes an annual journal, monographs and reports and two record series, Wakefield Court Rolls and the YAS Record Series. Enquiries to: Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society, Stringer House, 34 Lupton Street, Hunslet, Leeds, LS10 2QW; yas.secretary@gmail.com; http://www.yahs.org.uk


Privacy & cookies

The Royal Historical Society

Privacy and Data Protection

Updated 7 May 2020



The Royal Historical Society is a company incorporated in England and Wales with the registered charity number 206888, whose registered office is: University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT.

The Royal Historical Society is committed to upholding and respecting your privacy. This policy explains how we use the personal data that we collect for the purpose of administering our membership categories, funding schemes and prizes.

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If you have any questions about the Royal Historical Society’s privacy policy, the data we hold on you, the length for which we hold data, or you would like to exercise one of your data protection rights, please do not hesitate to contact us FAO the Executive Secretary.

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Changes to this privacy policy

We regularly review this policy. Any updates will be made on this web page. This privacy policy was last updated on 1 May 2020.


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Personal data refers to the any information relating to you that enables you to be identified either directly or indirectly. In the United Kingdom, the use of personal data is regulated by the Data Protection Act (2018).

The Royal Historical Society relies on the lawful basis of our processing of personal data being necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interests.

The Royal Historical Society collects and processes your data so that we can:

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The personal data we collect commonly includes:

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Bibliography of British and Irish History

‚ÄúIt‚Äôs hard to imagine historical research and teaching without BBIH at my side. The Bibliography offers a great deal not only to historians of Britain and Ireland, for it also reflects an expansive view of what students and researchers need to know about this country‚Äôs European and global entanglement.‚ÄĚ

– Professor Miri Rubin, Queen Mary, University of London.


The¬†Bibliography of British and Irish History¬†(BBIH) is the most comprehensive and accurate guide available to what’s been published in British and Irish history over the past 125 years.

This makes¬†BBIH¬†a key¬†resource for study, research and teaching: the essential starting point for discovering what’s been written in any historical field, when and by whom.

The Bibliography is a joint research and publishing project of the Royal Historical Society, the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), University of London, and the Belgian publisher, Brepols.

What does BBIH offer historians of Britain and the British world?

  • contains 620,000+ records of books, edited collections, journal articles and book chapters;
  • includes details of history publications from the early 1900s to the current year;
  • adds regular online updates of c.10,000 new publications each year;
  • covers the history of the British Isles, the former¬†empire¬†and¬†Commonwealth, the¬†British world, and Britons’ activities on the¬†global stage, from Roman Britain to the 21st century;
  • contains publications relating to British influence in Europe, the trans-Atlantic and informal empire;
  • searchable via a range of options.¬†These include: by author, title of publication, subject area, period and places covered, publication type and date/s of publication;
  • offers cross-searchability with the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, The National Register of Archives and IHR digital resources including Reviews in History and British History Online;


What makes BBIH a key research tool?

  • BBIH has been created using systematic and extensive surveys of¬†data¬†on all relevant new publications,¬†including weekly reviews¬†of¬†800 academic journals¬†and records of new acquisitions by the¬†British Library;
  • It provides links to individual publications in your library or a union catalogue, along with links to Google Books, selected on-line book reviews, and full text versions of articles;
  • BBIH enables you to create your own comprehensive bibliography¬†on any topic, using a range of a variety export formats (including Refworks and EndNote);
  • It generates email updates of new publications relevant to your research interests;
  • It provides a definitive¬†record¬†of¬†British historical research¬†and publishing in the C20th and C21st;


Access or subscribe to BBIH

The Bibliography of British and Irish History is an online subscription service that’s available via a very wide range of UK higher education institutions and research libraries, as well as universities and libraries worldwide.

  • For members of subscribing institutions, access is available either via your library‚Äôs website or via via Brepols‚Äô online portal website: www.brepolis.net;
  • Institutions wishing to subscribe to BBIH can obtain a 30-day free trial period, along with a price quotation and details on a licence agreement. One-year trials are now also available with 50% discount; UK institutions are priced according to JISC bandings. For further information, please email: brepolis@brepols.net;
  • Individual subscriptions to BBIH are also available, with significant discounts for fellows and members of the RHS. For further enquiries, please email: s.carr@royalhistsoc.org.

For further information about the Bibliography and its use in research and teaching, see the BBIH pages on the IHR website.


Royal Historical Society Programme 2020

Friday 7 February 2020 at 6.00 pm

Dr Andrew Arsan
‚ÄėArab political thought and the problem of empire, c.1856-1919′
Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL


Wednesday 11 March 2020, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

The Gerald Aylmer Seminar: ‘Co-production and collaboration in the archive’
A one-day symposium in conjunction with the National Archives and Institute of Historical Research.
This event will be at the National Archives – register to attend.


Thursday 2 April 2020
RHS Visit: Edge Hill University



Thursday 23 – Thursday 30 April 2020

Royal Historical Society Virtual Curriculum Conference
Online for registered participants


Monday 11 May 2020

Professor Sarah Hamilton
‚ÄėResponding to violence: Liturgy, authority and sacred places c. 900-c.1100‚Äô
Watch online on the RHS Historical Transactions blog


Wednesday 13 –¬† Friday 15 May 2020

RHS Symposium: University of Warwick
‚ÄėThe Multicultural City in Historical Perspective‚Äô


Monday 20 July – Wednesday 22 July

RHS Prize, Award and Fellowship Announcements 2020
Watch the full awards ceremony online.


Thursday 23 July at 17.30 BST

RHS Lecture – Professor Derek Peterson
“The Unseen Archive of Idi Amin: Making History in a Tight Corner”
Virtual Lecture : watch the lecture recording online.


Friday 18 September 2020 – time TBC

Professor Simon Ditchfield
“Baroque around the clock: Daniello Bartoli SJ (1608-1685) and the uses of global history”
Virtual Lecture: watch the lecture recording online.


2 November 2020

The Colin Matthew Memorial Lecture for the Public Understanding of History
Professor John Arnold
‘Believing in the Middle Ages’


November 2020 –¬†date TBC

The Prothero Lecture – Professor Linda Colley
‚ÄėWritten Constitutions and Writing Modern World History‚Äô
Virtual Lecture


Friday 27 November 2020 at 6.00 pm
RHS Presidential Address

Professor Margot Finn
‚ÄėMaterial Turns in British History: Part IV‚Äô
Virtual Lecture



The RHS has published its annual Transactions of the Royal Historical Society since 1872. Members and Fellows each receive a bound copy annually.

Until 2020, Transactions published articles based on lectures and papers delivered at RHS-sponsored meetings by senior and early career scholars alike. From 2021 we invite high-quality submissions from all Fellows and Members of the RHS.

Professor Andrew Spicer, RHS Literary Director, explains the change to Transactions in this blog post from February 2021.

Now published for the RHS by Cambridge University Press, the entire collection of Transactions from 1872 to the present is available on Cambridge Journals Online. The back list is also available on JSTOR with a five year moving wall.

In 2018, as part of our 150th anniversary, Cambridge University Press made a special collection of articles from the Transactions archives freely available online.

For enquiries regarding submissions to Transactions please email trhs@royalhistsoc.org. 


View the Latest Articles


Reprint Permissions


Notes for TRHS Contributors


Transactions volumes

TRHS Sixth Series (1991-present)

TRHS Fifth Series (1951 – 1990)

TRHS Fourth Series (1918 – 1950)

TRHS Third Series (1907 – 1917)

TRHS Second (New) Series (1884-1906)

TRHS First (Old) Series (1877-1882)




The Royal Historical Society runs a varied programme of events throughout the year, including our own prestigious lectures, and twice-yearly symposia hosted by history departments around Britain.


RHS Events 2021


Upcoming RHS Events

Friday 2 July 2021: the RHS Prothero Lecture

Professor Robert Frost (University of Aberdeen)
‚ÄėThe Roads Not Taken: Liberty, Sovereignty and the Idea of the Republic in Poland-Lithuania and the British Isles, 1550-1660‚Äô

18.00 BST – Live online via Zoom. Further details and booking for this event will be available soon.

Wednesday 21 July 2021: Online Workshop for Early Career Historians

‚ÄėGetting Published: a guide to first articles and journal publishing‚Äô

14.00 BST – Live online via Zoom. Further details and booking for this event will be available soon.


RHS Events Podcast and Video Archive

Watch and listen to previous RHS Lectures and other Society events in our online archive of podcasts and video recordings. 

Recent Additions to the Archive:


External Event Listings and Noticeboard

We also host listings for a wide range of external events and activities on behalf of the historical community. This  includes conferences, symposia, seminars, and lectures, as well as Calls for Papers, and Prize deadlines. Submit your notice using the link below or use the page menu to search and browse the wide range of upcoming events and other notices of interest to historians.

Members and Fellows receive a weekly email digest informing them of new opportunities.

Please note: listing on this noticeboard is not an indication of the Royal Historical Society’s support for an event, and we remind organisers of the recommendations in our 2018 reports on Race, Ethnicity and Equality and Gender Equality: events in the discipline should be diverse and inclusive.

Would you like to promote your history event or activity on the Royal Historical Society noticeboard? If so please complete our listing form below.

Submit your notice here


Royal Historical Society Curriculum Conference

Date: Thursday 23 – Thursday 30 April
Venue: Online

About this Event

An exchange of information between history teachers in schools and universities to enhance understanding about Curriculum development.

This free event organised by the Royal Historical Society, is designed to support an exchange of information between history teachers in schools and universities in order to enhance understanding about issues in curriculum development in and between these two educational phases.

Originally designed as a one-day workshop to be held on 23 April at the RHS offices, the event will now be happening virtually from 23-30 April. During this time attendees with login details will have access to all the presentations and speakers’ focus questions, and will be given the opportunity to join the online discussion board. We hope that this flexible format will allow as many people as possible to contribute and engage in the topics.

Subjects will include:

  • transitions between phases
  • equality, diversity and inclusion
  • the new A level syllabus
  • the Society‚Äôs forthcoming Teaching Portal and how you can contribute to it

The event will be held online, with a series of short presentations designed to both inform and prompt participants to contribute to the online discussion.

Please register to attend this event on Eventbrite.

If you need any further information about this event please contact either Professor Ken Fincham: K.C.Fincham@kent.ac.uk or Peter D’Sena: p.dsena@herts.ac.uk,


Publishing Policy

Simon Newman cropSimon Newman, Chair of the Publications Committee, writes: The RHS invests heavily in support for publishing, and one of our most long established ventures is the Studies in History Series, presently published by Boydell and Brewer. The series publishes exclusively adapted PhD dissertations. As part of ongoing process of review of our publications programme we are actively considering converting this series to an Open Access model of publishing which would be free to the author (no author charges). Open Access is potentially helpful to early career researchers, as it means that the text is available free of charge to any readers world-wide from the day of publication. But it would also be published in conventional book form: authors would receive the normal allocation of free copies, with the opportunity to purchase more, and the book would still be sent to review journals in print form.

We are seeking the views of early career researchers into the Studies in History Series and into other possible forms of support we can offer the ECR community, both in publishing and other spheres. Thank you for your time.

Emma Griffin is an RHS Literary Director. She writes:

Emma Griffin

As the nation’s foremost historical society, the RHS actively promotes the publication of historical scholarship.  It does so through four different publishing ventures designed to assist scholars in undertaking and disseminating their historical research.

The Camden Series

Our longest running series is the Camden Series ‚Äď it has been published continuously since 1838 and now contains over 325 volumes.¬† Published twice yearly by Cambridge University Press, the Camden Series produces edited collections of previously unpublished British history sources.¬† The Camden volumes are fully annotated and indexed and contain expert introduction and commentary.¬† The entire back list of the Camden Society publications is available on-line through Cambridge Journals Online.¬† A smaller number are also freely available through British History OnLine.¬†The literary directors are always keen to receive new proposals for Camden editions.¬† The main criterion for consideration is that the sources have not been previously published and are of broad historical significance.¬† If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please click here for an application form.


In 1872, the RHS began publishing its annual Transactions of the Royal Historical Society ‚Äď a bound copy of which is sent to all members of the society. ¬†Transactions contains articles presented at RHS meetings in the previous year. The back list up to 2005 is available on JStor; and the entire collection from 1872 to the present is available on the CUP digital archive.

Studies in History

Since 1975 the RHS has published the Studies in History series.  Initially established by  Sir Geoffrey Elton and re-launched in 1995, this distinguished series is dedicated to publishing outstanding works by first-time authors at the beginning of their academic careers. In the process of preparing to present their work for a broader, scholarly readership, authors work closely with a member of the editorial board who acts as mentor. They also benefit from detailed, first-rate copy-editing and an excellent production team at Boydell & Brewer. So far more than 150 titles have been published in the series, which covers the whole range of the discipline from early medieval to the recent past, any geographical area, and all historical sub-disciplines. Early-career historians interested in publishing with the RHS are warmly encouraged to submit a proposal.

The Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH)

The most recent publishing venture of the RHS is the Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) ‚Äď a joint venture between the RHS, the IHR, and Brepols.¬† The BBIH contains over half a million records, making it easily the most comprehensive online bibliography of British and Irish history.¬† It is fully searchable and linked to online editions of articles, library catalogues and google books, making it an invaluable resource for any historian embarking on new research.

Emma Griffin is Professor of Modern British History at the University of East Anglia. She is the editor of History and a co-editor of Cultural and Social History, and the author of four books, most recently Liberty’s Dawn: A People’s History of the British Industrial Revolution (Yale University Press, 2013).

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Guidance from the RHS for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last Reviewed: 23 March 2020

This document was updated on 23 March to give additional information about funding, and the closure of the RHS office.

The current novel coronavirus outbreak is a rapidly-developing international situation, which will cause significant ongoing disruption. This guidance is intended to support Royal Historical Society (RHS) staff, Council members and grant recipients.

Updates to this guidance will be posted on this page.

The largest proportion of the Royal Historical Society’s non-staff expenditure takes the form of support for early career researchers (PhD students and recent recipients of the PhD). The RHS is committed to supporting these scholars during what we realise is a very challenging time nationally and internationally. Please bear with us as we work to adapt our standard policies to accommodate this set of exceptional circumstances.

Additionally, during the novel coronavirus pandemic, we are exploring ways to re-direct the funding usually allocated for travel to conferences and archives/libraries‚ÄĒwhich is not currently feasible for researchers to undertake. Instead, we hope to facilitate research undertaken remotely and/or research activities that promote historical researchers‚Äô exchange of ideas and wellbeing during this unprecedented peacetime crisis.

Our priorities at this time are to ensure that a) no-one feels under pressure to put their own or others’ wellbeing at risk for RHS-related or funded work and b) individuals don’t incur significant personal expense related to RHS-funded activities as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak.


Royal Historical Society Staff and Council

  • During the current outbreak RHS staff, and members undertaking RHS business, are working from home, and at flexible hours as necessary. The RHS‚Äôs physical office is closed until further notice.¬† Caring responsibilities, limited access to resources, and personal circumstances may mean that responses to queries may take longer to answer than usual. Please bear with us in these exceptional circumstances.
  • RHS-sponsored meetings and events will be postponed, cancelled or moved from physical to virtual locations as appropriate until it is considered safe to resume group and large group meetings. It will take some time for us to determine an indicative schedule, and changes will inevitably occur over time.¬† We will endeavour to provide updates in a timely manner.¬† In the meantime, an archive of podcasts and videos of past events can be found here: https://royalhistsoc.org/category/rhs-video-archive/.
  • If any RHS staff or Council member develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should self-isolate and follow up-to-date NHS guidance: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
  • If any RHS staff or Council member develops symptoms of COVID-19, or has had contact with a confirmed case, the RHS will follow government guidelines: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19.
  • In any event, current government and NHS advice should be followed and may supersede this guidance.


Visitors to the RHS

  • The RHS office is now closed until further notice, and RHS-sponsored events have been postponed, cancelled or moved to virtual spaces. The guidance below pertains to any visits made to the office or to RHS-sponsored events prior to Friday 20 March.
  • If, within fourteen days of attending our office or one of our events, a person tests positive for COVID-19, or subsequently self-isolates as a precaution, we ask to be notified by email: enquiries@royalhistsoc.org.
  • Visitors to the office/events who have recently travelled to/from the places identified by the NHS as being at increased risk are asked to notify us: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/advice-for-travellers/.


Recipients of RHS Research Expenses grants and Conference Travel grants

  • If a recipient of a personal RHS grant has not already booked travel and accommodation for research or to attend a conference, they will be allowed to delay their research plans for up to 12 months (or until the date of a rescheduled event) and still receive full funding;
  • If a grant recipient has already purchased travel and accommodation before 16 March 2020 and these cannot be refunded, the RHS will:
    • not request the return of any expenses already claimed from the RHS;
    • where at all possible, honour its commitments to reimburse individuals if other avenues of refund (e.g. insurance and credit card company) have been exhausted.


Recipients of RHS Conference organisation grants

  • Conference organisers are welcome to postpone events for up to 12 months and still receive full funding;
  • If a conference is delayed or cancelled and non-refundable travel or accommodation costs for conference speakers have already been booked, the RHS will cover the costs initially provided for if other avenues of refund (e.g. insurance and credit card company) have been exhausted.

Please let us know of any changes or send any queries or requests for reimbursement to Imogen Evans, RHS Administrative Secretary by email: adminsecretary@royalhistsoc.org.


Future Funds for Rescheduled Research and Conference Trips, and RHS sponsored events

  • As the situation improves, the RHS will assess the impact on its funded activities. While we cannot yet guarantee to be able to provide additional funds at a later date to support re-scheduled events, we will do our best to provide opportunities for new or top-up applications.
  • We will make such decisions at a later date, contingent upon funds being available.


New applications for RHS Funding

  • New applicants should continue to apply to our funding streams as usual if a scheme is currently advertised on our website.
  • We are actively considering new ways of supporting early career History researchers during the current crisis and if feasible will channel funding into one or more interim schemes to support virtual research and ECR wellbeing during the current crisis. Please continue to visit our website, and follow our Twitter account @royalhistsoc for latest updates.


Please direct any queries or communications regarding this guidance to Ms Imogen Evans, RHS Administrative Secretary by email: adminsecretary@royalhistsoc.org. Please direct other enquiries about RHS business to enquiries@royalhistsoc.org.


Wishing everyone all the very best.


The Smithy, Manafon, Wales. Photo: mid-19th century

Welsh Regional and National History and Record Societies

** This Society’s publications can be found in the Royal Historical Society collections in the UCL History Library


Alcuin Club Publications

Enquiries to: Membership Secretary, The Alcuin Club, the Alcuin Club, 5 Saffron Street, Royston, SG8 9TR; tel: 01763 248676; alcuinclub@gmail.com; http://www.alcuinclub.org.uk


Caernarvonshire Historical Society Publications


Flintshire Historical Society Publications


HSCIW Publications


Historical Society of West Wales Publications


Honourable Society of Cymmrodorian Publications

In accordance with the aims of its founders, the Society seeks to promote the practice and development of the Language, Literature, Arts and Sciences of Wales, and makes an important contribution to political and cultural discourse in Wales.

Enquiries to: Dr Lynn Williams, The Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, 157-163 Grays Inn Rd, London, WC1X 8UE; http://www.cymmrodorion.org


Pembrokeshire Record Series Publications


South Wales Record Society Publications

Enquiries to: Honorary Secretary, South Wales Record Society, 7 Gifford Close, Two Locks, Cwmbran NP44 7NX;
southwalesrecordsociety@yahoo.co.uk; http://www.southwalesrecordsociety.co.uk