RHS News

Registration now open for ‘History and Archives in Practice, 2023’ – new annual event with The National Archives and Institute of Historical Research

Collecting Communities

Working Together and with Collections (#HAP23)

10am – 5pm, Wednesday 29 March 2023
Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Senate House, Malet Street


Registration is now open for History and Archives in Practice 2023 (#HAP23). This day-long event — bringing together historians and archivists — takes place on Wednesday 29 March at the Institute of Historical Research (Senate House, London). The theme for #HAP23 is ‘Collecting Communities: Working Together and with Collections’. 

About History and Archives in Practice (HAP)

History and Archives in Practice (HAP) is the new and rebranded version of the Gerald Aylmer Seminar run in partnership by the Royal Historical Society, The National Archives and Institute of Historical Research

From March 2023, History and Archives in Practice provides a new format and greater focus on the collections that lie at the heart of our work. It’s where historians and archivists come together to consider shared interests in archive collections, their interpretation and use.

We hope you’ll join us for this inaugural meeting of History and Archives in Practice.

Register now for #HAP23> (booking for this free event is via the Institute of Historical Research).

#HAP23: ‘Collecting Communities: Working Together and with Collections’

The theme of #HAP23, ‘Collecting Communities: Working Together and with Collections’, showcases and celebrates the diverse and unique nature of historical research. Over the day, we’ll learn about 14 projects in which historians and archivists are working together to recover, interpret and present our past. 

Our speakers represent a broad range of universities and archives, large and small, from across the UK. Panels consider the rediscovery, digitising and creating of collections; the locating of collections in places and communities; and collaborative working between historians, archivists and the public.

Together they’ll introduce new work on the history of the voluntary sector, unpaid labour, business, conflict, slavery and empire, family life, contemporary politics, migration and climate change, among other topics. In keeping with the aims of HAP, we’ll be focusing especially on practice — how historians, archivists and communities work best together — to provide insights and experiences for attendees to take into their own work.

Special sessions will also provide demonstrations and handling of items from UK archives, as well as talks on taking archives into communities, and creating successful networks between historians and archivists in higher education.

Register now for #HAP23> (booking for this event is via the Institute of Historical Research)
Download the full programme for #HAP23> 

This event is free to attend, but booking is required. 

Please note that bookings for this event will close on 22 March 2023.

A limited number of bursaries, of up to £100 per person, are available to support travel (for attendees based outside London), or to help with other costs (such as childcare) to enable attendance.

If you wish to be considered for a bursary please register for the event via the link above and then complete the bursary application form, by Friday 24 February 2023. Applicants for bursaries will be notified of outcomes by Friday 3 March 2023.

Join us to host and create HAP24

From 2024, we intend to take History and Archives in Practice to institutions across the UK, to showcase, explore and work with other collections. We now welcome expressions of interest for HAP24 from archive centres and universities.

If you’re interested in partnering with TNA, the Institute of Historical Research and the Royal Historical Society, please contact the Society’s Academic Director: philip.carter@royalhistsoc.org.



Booking now open for panel exploring legacies of Eric Williams’ book ‘Capitalism and Slavery’ (1944)


Booking is now open for Eric Williams’ Capitalism and Slavery: Debates, Legacies and New Directions for Research an RHS panel discussion taking place at 17:00 GMT on Wednesday 15 March 2023.

  • Dr Heather Cateau (University of the West Indies and University of St Andrews)
  • Dr Stephen Mullen (University of Glasgow)
  • Professor Harvey Neptune (Temple University, Philadelphia)
  • Professor Meleisa Ono-George (University of Oxford)
  • Professor Matthew J. Smith (Director of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery, University College London)

Eric Williams’ Capitalism and Slavery (1944) remains a powerful, provocative and influential work of historical scholarship. For Williams, chattel slavery provided Britain with the capacity to develop commercial and industrial capitalism, and—in turn—the means to power an eighteenth-century industrial revolution.

In this international panel, historians working in the fields of eighteenth-century Caribbean slavery and slave economy, and Anglo-Caribbean society, come together to consider the debates and legacies of Capitalism and Slavery. First published in the UK by André Deutsch in 1964, Williams’ classic text is gaining a new readership following republication as a Penguin Modern Classic in 2022.

Panellists will introduce, and set in context, the scholarly and political work of Eric Williams (1911-1981), as well as review nearly 80 years of responses to Capitalism and Slavery. Our panel considers the value and contribution of the ‘Williams’ thesis’ in contemporary scholarship.

Booking is now open for Eric Williams’ Capitalism and Slavery: Debates, Legacies and New Directions for Research.

More events in the 2023 events programme >


Vacancy: Events Officer, Royal Historical Society (part-time)


The Royal Historical Society seeks to appoint an Events Officer (part-time) to help support and develop its ambitious events programme for historians.

  • Job Title: Events Officer (part-time)
  • Contract: 0.6 FTE (3 days a week). Fixed Term. 12 months in the first instance, with potential for extension to permanent
  • Salary: UCL Non-clinical pay scale: spine point 21, currently £31,131 including London weighting at full time, pro-rated to £18,679 at 0.6FTE
  • Location: Hybrid – remote and RHS Office (UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT). This role is expected to attend all events based at UCL, as well as at selected events held elsewhere.
  • Application closing date: 23:59 GMT, Friday 27 January 2023
  • To submit an application: please do so via the Society’s job portal
  • Start Date: As soon as possible after interviews, with interview scheduled for the week commencing 13 February 2023.

The Society undertakes a wide range of activities, including research funding, academic publishing, awards, policy research and advocacy, and a growing portfolio of events — including a long-running and respected programme of public lectures given by leading historians.

More recently, we have extended the range and frequency of our events (online, physical and hybrid) to include: panel discussions, day conferences, training and research workshops, visits to History departments across the UK, and partnership events. The Society is keen to increase further the kinds of events we offer to our members and the wider community.

The RHS Events Officer (part-time) role has been created to help us realise these ambitions, and to provide expert operational support in the planning, promotion and running of our current and future events programme. We therefore seek an experienced and highly capable events professional to work with the Society’s academic specialists, with the latter responsible for developing a programme that meets the interests of our membership.

Further details of the Events Officer role are available here, with applications made via the RHS Jobs Portal.


Christmas and New Year, 2022-23

The Society’s office will be closed for Christmas and the New Year from the end of Thursday 22 December to Tuesday 3 January 2023.

The Council and Staff of the Royal Historical Society wish you a peaceful and restful Christmas and New Year. Thank you to all those who have supported the Society, and the discipline more widely, in 2022; and we look forward to meeting and working with many of you in the coming year.

The weekly RHS Circular for members will return on Thursday 12 January.

Our first event of 2023 — Vanessa Harding’s lecture ‘Plague and Poverty in early Modern London’ — also takes place on Thursday 12 January, at 5.30pm, and is jointly organised with the History department at the University of Roehampton. Booking for the lecture, which takes places at Roehampton, is available here.


IMAGE: Christmas bauble, c.1930, Rijksmuseum Collection, public domain.


Events Programme for 2023 now available

The Society’s 2023 listing for its first lectures, conferences and panels is now available. The year begins with lectures on early modern London (Thursday 12 January) and late Tsarist Russia (Wednesday 1 February).

On 29 March we launch our new-look day conference — History and Archives in Practice — co-organised with The National Archives and Institute of Historical Research. The 2023 event brings together historians and archivists to consider ‘Collecting Communities: Working Together and with Collections’. The programme and booking for #HAP2023 will be released from mid-January.

Details of further events — in the form of book launches, panels and training workshops, and including topics such as the historiography of colonial slavery, digital history and scholarly editing and editions for historians — will be added in the coming weeks.

Booking now available for first lectures in 2023

5.30pm, Thursday 12 January 2023
RHS Sponsored Lecture at Roehampton University: ‘Plague and Poverty in Early Modern London’ with Vanessa Harding (Birkbeck, University of London)


5.00pm, Wednesday 1 February 2023
RHS Lecture: ‘Waiting to die? Life for elderly people in late Imperial Russian villages’, with Sarah Badcock (University of Nottingham)
University College London, and live-streamed.


2022 events are available to watch again


A full set of this year’s lectures, panels and workshops is now available, including videos of the Society’s most recent events:


‘Futures for the History Journal: Reflections and Projections’ (6 December 2022), in which historians, editors and publishers consider the value and future of journals for historical communication.



‘New Histories of Neo-Liberalism’ (13 October 2022): an international panel exploring recent work on 20th and 21st-century politics and economics in Europe, North America and North Africa.



2022 Public History Lecture, ‘Partition of British India: 75 Years On’, with the BBC journalist and broadcaster, Kavita Puri (2 November 2022) and co-hosted with Gresham College.


Other videos / events of 2022 include lectures, book panels and training workshops


Society elects 308 new Fellows, Associate Fellows, Members and Postgraduate Members

At its latest meeting on 2 December 2022, the RHS Council elected 102 Fellows, 49 Associate Fellows, 64 Members and 93 Postgraduate Members, a total of 308 people newly associated with the Society. We welcome them all.

The majority of the new Fellows hold academic appointments at universities, specialising in a very wide range of fields; but also include curators, teachers, broadcasters, film-makers, heritage consultants, independent researchers and writers. The Society is an international community of historians and our latest intake includes Fellows from 12 countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, the UK and United States.

Our latest intake includes a number of historians working outside History departments, in cognate disciplines in higher education: a reminder that the Fellowship is open to all whose research provides a scholarly contribution to historical knowledge.

The new Associate Fellows include not only early career historians in higher education but also historians with professional and private research interests drawn from broadcasting, archives, museums and teaching.

The new Members have a similarly wide range of historical interests, and include individuals employed in universities, and as archaeologists, archivists, civil servants, conservators and surveyors, lawyers and members of the judiciary, and teachers – together with independent and community historians. Our new Postgraduate Members are studying for higher degrees in History, or related subjects, at 38 different universities in the UK, India and the United States. All those newly elected to the Fellowship and Membership bring a valuable range of expertise and experience to the Society.

December 2022 sees the admission of our sixth set of Associate Fellows and Postgraduate Members — two new membership categories introduced in late 2021. These changes to membership (about which you can read more here) enable more historians to join the fellowship, and facilitate more focused support for RHS members at the start of their careers.

New Fellows and Members are elected at regular intervals through the year. The current application round is open and runs to Friday 13 January 2023, with the next closing date being Monday 10 April 2023. Further details on RHS Fellowship and Membership categories (Fellow, Associate Fellow, Member and Postgraduate Member); benefits of membership (including new benefits added from August 2022); deadlines for applications throughout 2023; and how to apply, are available here.


New Fellows, elected December 2022

  • Robin Adams
  • Christin Anderson
  • Robert Mervyn Andrews
  • Anthi Andronikou
  • David Annal
  • Gordon Barrett
  • Paul Bartrop
  • Catherine Bateson
  • Michel Beaulieu
  • Gurminder Bhambra
  • Lindy Brady
  • Ben Bronnert Walker
  • Carys Brown
  • Rhona Brown
  • Anthony Bruce
  • Sara Caputo
  • Jack Meng-Tat Chia
  • Rachel Chin
  • Stephanie Mooers Christelow
  • David Clayton
  • Guillaume Coatalen
  • Marcus Colla
  • Mary Cunningham
  • Gavin Daly
  • Shomik Dasgupta
  • Theodor Dunkelgrün
  • Charles Emmerson
  • Christina Faraday
  • James Fenwick
  • Larrie Ferreiro
  • Richard Finn
  • James Fisher
  • Gabriela Frei
  • Yan Gao
  • John Goodwin
  • Daniel Gosling
  • Andrew James William Gow
  • Martin Halliwell
  • Jessica Hammett
  • Iain Hay
  • Sacha Hepburn
  • Christian Hogsbjerg
  • Aya Homei
  • Hetta Howes
  • Gavin Hughes
  • Peter Jordan
  • Isidoros Katsos
  • Siobhan Keenan
  • Elisabeth Kehoe
  • Ariane Knüsel
  • Umit Kurt
  • Robert Lambert
  • Adrian Leonard
  • Henrietta Lidchi
  • Kate Loveman
  • Deborah Madden
  • Brandon Marsh
  • Simone Marshall
  • Zareer Masani
  • Gordon McKelvie
  • Bronagh McShane
  • Athanasius McVay
  • William Melville
  • Matthew Metcalfe
  • Ian Milligan
  • Stephen Mullen
  • Souvik Naha
  • Thomas Neuhaus
  • Brooke Newman
  • Helen O’Shea
  • Marina Perez de Arcos
  • Andrew Pickering
  • Toby Purser
  • Karen Racine
  • Charles Read
  • Steven Reid
  • Jennifer Richards
  • Huw Richards
  • Euan Roger
  • Anat Rosenberg
  • Hannah Ryley
  • Sophie Scott-Brown
  • Mary Shannon
  • Patricio Simonetto
  • Jonathan Singerton
  • Frederick Smith
  • Michael Spence
  • Howard Spencer
  • Foteini Spingou
  • Anastasia Stouraiti
  • Jennifer Summers
  • Drew Thomas
  • Sharon Thompson
  • Graham Twelftree
  • Vikram Visana
  • John Wall
  • Ryland Wallace
  • Emily Ward
  • Emma Whipday
  • Benedict Wiedemann
  • Roger Willoughby
  • Matthew Wilson
  • Esther Wright
  • Peter Yeandle

New Associate Fellows, elected December 2022

  • Zaib un Nisa Aziz
  • Philip Ball
  • Johan Bergstrom-Allen
  • Sushant Bharti
  • Amie Bolissian Mcrae
  • Kirsty Bolton
  • Lyndsie Bourgon
  • Caitlin Burge
  • John Condren
  • David Crowther
  • Josephine Cummins
  • Fraser Dallachy
  • Helen Esfandiary
  • Nick Evans
  • Aida Fernandez Prieto
  • Joshua Fitzgerald
  • Beth Gaskell
  • Tim Glasby
  • Nikolaos Gourof
  • Jamie Graves
  • Kieran Hazzard
  • Melanie Hollis
  • Stephanie Howard-Smith
  • Sandra Hynes
  • Emmeline Ledgerwood
  • Bruce Lindsay
  • Sophie Mann
  • Kate Marlow
  • Sean McDonagh
  • Moritz Mihatsch
  • Sarah-Louise Miller
  • Julie Miller
  • Szilvia Musasizi
  • David Pendleton
  • Rebecca Pollack
  • Yitong Qiu
  • Wilfred Rhoden
  • Darrell Rivers
  • Olha Romanova
  • Raphael Schäfer
  • Alireza Shams Lahijani
  • Julia Skinner
  • Ariane Smart
  • Callum Smith
  • Joseph Stanley
  • Tabitha Stanmore
  • Robert Tansey
  • Marilla Walker
  • Amy Wilson

New Members, elected December 2022

  • Matthew Abel
  • Mubashir Ak
  • Inara Andre
  • Emma Ash
  • Reka Bajus
  • Susan Ballard
  • Ursula Petula Barzey
  • Tony Biebuyck
  • Oliver Bircham
  • Julie Boden
  • Elaine Bodtmann
  • John Bridgeman
  • Alberto Casado Gómez
  • Fiona Cosson
  • Jim Cowie
  • Joseph Davies
  • Salvatore DiStefano
  • Adam Down
  • Jasper Elwes
  • Gary Fellman
  • Jonas Frey
  • Sushant Ghildyal
  • Rebecca Gorman
  • Julie Goucher
  • Ruth Graham
  • Michael Griffiths
  • David Griggs
  • Andrew Hammond
  • Maxine Harcourt-Kelly
  • David Harris
  • Sara Hashmi
  • Kathrine Hopson
  • Charlotte Hosford
  • Haining Hu
  • Sajjad Kantrikar
  • Jo Levitt
  • Roger Mann
  • Jane McChrystal
  • Jessica Morris
  • Deborah Morrison
  • Patrick Mulvenna
  • Daniel  Patrick
  • Jan Luca Probeck
  • Jeffrey Prosser
  • Sankaralingam Rathina Kumar
  • Joseph Reilly
  • Paul Rodriguez
  • Offir Rokach
  • Simon  Sardeson-Coe
  • Christian Schmeiduch
  • Iqbal Shaukat
  • Benedict Skipper
  • Manda Tamosauskaite
  • Lori Thomas
  • Adam Thomas-Fennelly
  • Jesse Ujagbor
  • Lard van den Berg
  • Serge Van Den Broucke
  • Suganya Vishnu
  • Paul Walton
  • James Whitaker
  • Ian Whitehurst
  • Samuel Wigley
  • Tsz Ho Wong

New Postgraduate Members, elected December 2022

  • Carrissa Anderson
  • Mehmet Akif Aydemir
  • Richard Balas
  • Thomas Banbury
  • Eduardo Benítez-Inglott y Ballesteros
  • Maia Blumberg
  • Matthew Bowen
  • Jake Bransgrove
  • Dominic Bridge
  • Theodora Broyd
  • Elizabeth Burrell
  • Jaime Caballero
  • William Campbell
  • Theodore Christodoulidis
  • Minji Chun
  • Kathryn Comper
  • Holly Cooper
  • Dylan Coulter
  • Darold Cuba
  • Edward Day
  • Elena Doran
  • Spencer Drake
  • Hollie Eaton
  • Nathan Eckersley
  • Teuku Reza Fadeli
  • Helen Flatley
  • Edward Ford
  • Andrew Frow-Jones
  • Amilia Gillies
  • Kimberly Glassman
  • Megan Graham
  • David Grant
  • Lucy Harrison
  • Sarah Hinds
  • Mark Hitchins
  • Fran Holmes
  • Matthew Hurst
  • Rebecca Jaffri
  • Paul Kelly
  • Eva Kemenade
  • Lou Khalfaoui
  • Ian Lacey
  • Harikesh Ladwa
  • Mary-Jannet Leith
  • Michael Lipiner
  • Jessica Lloyd
  • Carrie Long
  • Amy Longmuir
  • Arisa Loomba
  • Deanna Lyn Cook
  • Cameron Maclean
  • Daniel Mazhindu
  • Phoebe McDonnell
  • Catherine Meredith
  • Katherine Milliken
  • James Moffatt
  • Anna Molnar
  • Ben Morris
  • Brett Morritt
  • Victoria Myhand
  • Shankar Nair
  • Ellis Naylor
  • Yacine Ndao
  • Joshua Newmark
  • Tanner Ogle
  • Megan Palmer
  • Odile Liliana Panetta
  • Thomas Parkinson
  • Jen Pearce
  • Aneirin Pendragon
  • Rowan Powell
  • Carl Julius Reim
  • Clément Renault
  • Pilar Requejo de Lamo
  • Joseph Rix
  • Bonnie Robinson
  • Alana Rogers
  • Brian Roper
  • Andrew Sage
  • Samapan Saha
  • Alba Sanz Alvarez
  • Luke Stephenson
  • Kieran Stigant
  • Eleanor Strangways
  • Jonathan Tickle
  • Christopher Toole
  • Rebecca Tyson
  • Alexandra Ward
  • Alexandra Watson Jones
  • Mark Wilson
  • Alex Worsfold
  • Morag Wright
  • Guangxia Xu


HEADER IMAGE: Peasant Couples Dancing, 1580–1600, Johann Theodor de Bry, Netherlandish, after Sebald Beham Germany, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, public domain.


Vacancy: Secretary for Education, RHS Council

The Royal Historical Society seeks to appoint a new Secretary for Education (previously known as Vice President for Education Policy) to its Council, the Society’s governing body which currently comprises a total of 18 Officers and Councillors who are Trustees of the RHS.

The Secretary for Education will be a Trustee of the Royal Historical Society, sit as an Officer on Council, attend Council meetings, and act as Chair of the Education Committee. The new postholder will take up the position in time for the May Council meeting, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The appointment is for a two-year term, with possibility of renewal up to four years, and is part of a review of the Society’s governance to focus on areas of key importance to the discipline at this time. Applicants must be based in the UK, be Fellows of the Royal Historical Society, and able to indicate one or more institutional affiliations.  

The Secretary for Education is expected to lead the Society’s education policy and to promote the development of high quality teaching of history, both inside universities and beyond. The role holder will work closely with the President, Academic Director and CEO in order to provide strategic leadership for the Society in this sphere.

The role holder will: chair the Society’s Education Committee; network with and represent the Society with a range of external organisations and stakeholders in the sphere of History teaching; develop and implement the Society’s Education strategy as approved by Council.

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to: Professor Emma Griffin (president@royalhistsoc.org). 

Further details of the role, including candidate specifications and how to apply, are available here.

All applications should be made via the Society’s online applications system before the deadline of 23.59 GMT on Tuesday 31 January 2023.



Further roles on the Royal Historical Society Council

A number of other RHS roles – Secretary for Research, Honorary Treasurer, and Vice-President – will fall vacant in 2023.

Recruitment for these is expected to start in spring 2023.  Informal enquiries about any of these roles may also be made to: Professor Emma Griffin (president@royalhistsoc.org). 


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

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.


Camden Series volumes, 2022: new primary source collections for historians

Each year the Society publishes two volumes of primary source materials, edited by historians who’ve worked closely with these documents. The volumes appear in the Society’s Camden Series of scholarly editions and make new sets of primary sources available for research.

Each volume, compiled and edited by a specialist in the subject, includes an Introduction and full references and annotations. Camden Society volumes are published online and in print for the Society by Cambridge University Press.

The Camden Series volumes, 2022, provide primary sources on everyday life in Early modern England and high politics in Britain, Ireland and Germany in the interwar years.


Volume 64The Diary of George Lloyd (1642-1718), edited by Daniel Patterson (November 2022)

Virtually unknown to scholarship, Lloyd’s diary is not a record of notable events. Rather, it is a uniquely quotidian text consisting of regular daily entries documenting the activities and experiences of an individual far removed from great events.

Lloyd’s diary will be an invaluable resource for scholars studying many aspects of early modern English social and cultural history, including sociality, fashion, religious observance, courtship, food and drink, and working life.

The Diary of George Lloyd, 1642-1718 is now available online and in print from Cambridge University Press. RHS Fellows and Members may purchase hardback print copies directly from the Society for £16 per volume or £25 for both 2022 Camden Series volumes. To do so please email: administration@royalhistsoc.org.

Read the Introduction to The Diary of George Lloyd, 1642-1718.

Here, the editor Dr Daniel Patterson introduces George Lloyd and his world, on the Society’s blog, ‘Historical Transactions’.


Volume 63Aristocracy, Democracy, and Dictatorship. The Political Papers of the Seventh Marquess of Londonderry, edited by N. C. Fleming (September 2022).

The seventh Marquess of Londonderry (1878–1949) corresponded with the leading political figures of his day, including Winston Churchill (his second cousin), Neville Chamberlain, Stanley Baldwin and Ramsay MacDonald. Londonderry’s amateur diplomacy in the 1930s meant that his regular correspondents also included Hermann Göring, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Franz von Papen.

Aristocracy, Democracy, and Dictatorship is now available online and in print from Cambridge University Press. RHS Fellows and Members may purchase hardback print copies directly from the Society for £16 per volume or £25 for both 2022 Camden Series volumes. To do so please email: administration@royalhistsoc.org.

Read the Introduction to Aristocracy, Democracy, and Dictatorship. The Political Papers of the Seventh Marquess of Londonderry.

Here, on the Society’s blog, ‘Historical Transactions’, the volume’s editor Professor Neil Fleming introduces the interwar political networks of the Marquess of Londonderry.


About the RHS Camden Series



The Royal Historical Society’s Camden Series is one of the most prestigious and important collections of primary source material relating to British History, including the British empire and Britons’ influence overseas. The Society (and its predecessor, the Camden Society) has since 1838 published scholarly editions of sources—making important, previously unpublished, texts available to researchers. Each volume is edited by a specialist historian who provides an expert introduction and commentary.

Today the Society publishes two new Camden volumes each year in association with Cambridge University Press. The series is available via Cambridge Journals Online and full access is available to the Society’s Members and Fellows, as part of new member benefits from 2022. We welcome proposals for new Camden volumes: for more on how to submit an idea to the editors, please see the Camden Series page of the RHS website.


Latest volume of ‘Transactions of the Royal Historical Society’ (2022) now available

We are very pleased to announce publication of the new-look 2022 volume of the Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (volume 32, sixth series). The latest volume contains 11 articles and an Introduction from the Society’s President, Emma Griffin.

The 2022 volume includes a number of changes for the journal being the first:

  • to be edited by an external editorial team, led by the journal’s co-editors, Dr Harshan Kumarasingham (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Kate Smith (University of Birmingham)
  • to ‘open up’ the journal to include articles submitted by historians for consideration; this replaces the journal’s former policy, established in 1872, of limiting articles to those first delivered as lectures or papers to the Society
  • to be published in paperback print (as well as online), and to include a new design and cover illustration. This year’s cover — ‘Elephant and man’, by an unknown Burmese artist (1897 © The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford) — illustrates Jonathan Saha’s article in the volume: ‘Accumulations and Cascades: Burmese Elephants and the Ecological Impact of British Imperialism’.

Publication of the 2022 volume also marks the 150th anniversary of the first volume of Transactions, which was published in November 1872. You can read more of the journal’s early years and development in Emma Griffin’s introductory essay, ‘An Anniversary and New Departure: Transactions, 1872–2022′.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Transactions, and the changes introduced in 2022, please join us for a panel discussion, ‘Futures for the History Journal: Reflections and Projections’, at 5pm GMT on Tuesday 6 December. An international panel of historians, editors, digital innovators and publishers will discuss possible futures for the History journal, along with insights from an online audience. Booking for this event is now open.

Contributing to Transactions of the Royal Historical Society

Submissions to Transactions are welcome from historians at any time. As a ‘generalist’ journal, Transactions welcomes content covering all aspects of the global past, and is especially keen to receive articles reflecting interdisciplinary collaboration and new forms of historical practice. The editors also welcome a range of article formats, including shorter form articles, roundtables and statements on research methods and pedagogy in the profession, within and beyond the higher education sector.

Further information on the journal, and how to submit article for review, is available here.

New articles are published online soon after acceptance via the FirstView platform of Cambridge University Press. Articles then appear each November in the annual print volume of Transactions. The next volume (vol. 1, seventh series) will be published in November 2023.

Fellows and Members of the Royal Historical Society receive Transactions as a member benefit. All those requesting the print edition of TRHS (2022) will receive this by post from Cambridge University Press in late November / early December 2022.