RHS News

Society elects 239 new Fellows, Associate Fellows, Members and Postgraduate Members

 

At its latest meeting on 16 September 2022, the RHS Council elected 64 Fellows, 59 Associate Fellows, 57 Members and 59 Postgraduate Members, a total of 239 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, and independent researchers and writers. The Society is an international community of historians and our latest intake includes Fellows from Australia, India, Ireland, Spain and the 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 bankers, civil servants, the clergy, 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 30 different universities in the UK, China, Germany, Ghana, Singapore and the United States. All those newly elected to the Fellowship and Membership bring a valuable range of expertise and experience to the Society.

September 2022 sees the admission of our fifth 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 Monday 31 October 2022, with the next closing date being Friday 13 January 2023. Further details on RHS Fellowship and Membership categories (Fellow, Associate Fellow, Member and Postgraduate Member), the 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 September 2022

  • Timothy Alborn
  • Athanasios Antonopoulos
  • Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay
  • Gordon Barclay
  • Jochen Burgtorf
  • John Burke
  • Stephen Catterall
  • Jessie Childs
  • Stephen Clarke
  • Sophie Cooper
  • Alexander Craven
  • Sonya Cronin
  • William Dalrymple
  • Callan Davies
  • Sara Dominici
  • Scott Eaton
  • Amy Edwards
  • Penelope Edwards
  • Francisco Eissa-Barroso
  • Corisande Fenwick
  • Fernanda Gallo
  • Austin Glatthorn
  • Felicia Gottmann
  • Zoe Groves
  • Tanya Harmer
  • Felicity Hill
  • Matthew Alan Hill
  • Sarah Irving
  • Martin Johnes
  • Emma Kay
  • Jill Kirby
  • Daniel Knowles
  • Alice Leonard
  • Amy Livingstone
  • Simon Mahony
  • James Mansell
  • Katharine Massam
  • David McInnis
  • Marcus Meer
  • Gavin Miller
  • Gillian Mitchell
  • Alexia Moncrieff
  • Eva Moreda Rodríguez
  • Federico Paolini
  • Simon Parkin
  • Chelsea Phillips
  • Lydia Plath
  • Tanja Poppelreuter
  • Matthew Powell
  • Lynda Pratt
  • Eoin Price
  • Dieter Reinisch
  • Stephen Ridgwell
  • Jesús Sanjurjo
  • Jayita Sarkar
  • Leo Shipp
  • Rebecca Simon
  • Elaine Sisson
  • Jean Smith
  • Agnieszka Sobocinska
  • Kenneth Stewart
  • Nino Strachey
  • Tom Ue
  • Samuel Garrett Zeitlin

 

New Associate Fellows, elected September 2022

  • Rowena Abdul Razak
  • SJ Allen
  • Alan Anderson
  • Ed Armston-Sheret
  • Matthew Ball
  • Gad Barnea
  • Lisa Berry-Waite
  • Tobias Bowman
  • John Broom
  • Hayley Brown
  • Esther Brown
  • Anna Cusack
  • Wim De Winter
  • Iain Farquharson
  • Rosaria Franco
  • Pauline Gardiner
  • Milo Gough
  • Tim Guile
  • Gabriel Gurian
  • Julia Hamilton
  • Terra Han
  • Antony Harvey
  • Matthew Hedges
  • Joseph Higgins
  • Deb Hunter
  • Baher Ibrahim
  • Emily Ireland
  • Malarvizhi Jayanth
  • David Jones
  • Sebastian Jones
  • Kathryn Lamontagne
  • Christopher Lewis
  • Sundeep Lidher
  • Mark Liebenrood
  • Rosanagh Mack
  • Nenad Marković
  • Eva Charlotta Mebius
  • Debora Moretti
  • George Morris
  • Janet Morrison
  • Anna Muggeridge
  • Levin Opiyo
  • Manolis Pagkalos
  • Chris Perry
  • Stuart Pracy
  • Richard Purkiss
  • Maurice Robinson
  • Linda Ross
  • Vincent Roy-Di Piazza
  • Kanika Sharma
  • Gabrielle Storey
  • James Taylor
  • Floris van Swet
  • Robert Wilde-Evans
  • David Williamson
  • Jon Winder
  • Malgorzata Wloszycka
  • Lucy Wray
  • Xuduo Zhao

 

New Members, elected September 2022

  • John Allen
  • Muhammad Ashraf
  • Tom Baldwin
  • Ruman Banerjee
  • Jennifer Barlow
  • Tyler Bender
  • Lara Bevan-Shiraz
  • Luca Boschetti
  • John Chan
  • Kim Cliett Long
  • Lucy Coatman
  • Rory Cooper
  • Eleanor Coppard
  • Ian Davidson
  • James Edwards
  • John Leopoldo Fiorilla di Santa Croce
  • Gordon Fisher
  • Kate Gibson
  • Michael Gillibrand
  • Adhila Hameed
  • Chengwei Han
  • Graham Haynes
  • Elaine Huggett
  • James Humphrey
  • Malcolm Johnston
  • Matteo Lai
  • Chi Lau
  • Barry MacNeill
  • Laura Leigh Majernik
  • Birahim Mbow
  • Hanjia Miao
  • Leonardo Monno
  • David Moshier
  • Ernest Mudzengerere
  • Frederick Newell
  • Ali Nihat
  • Michal Fryderyk Nowacki
  • Finnian Orders
  • David Owen-Jones
  • Kannen Ramsamy
  • Ian Rummery
  • Christopher Said
  • Steffi Santhana Mary
  • Stephanie Saunders
  • Simon Scruton
  • Vinod Sharma
  • Zhe Tian
  • Khosrow Tousi
  • David Vanegas
  • Andrew Varga
  • Ioannis Vougioukas
  • James Watson
  • Richard Whitaker
  • Karen Witt
  • Zehan Zhang

 

New Postgraduate Members, elected September 2022

  • Tristan Alphey
  • Sydney Arnold
  • Mathew Ayamdoo
  • Jennifer Baillie
  • Daniel Banks
  • Sarah Bernhardt
  • Tom Brautigam
  • Janette Bright
  • Michelle Castelletti
  • Santorri Chamley
  • Ying Sum Chan
  • Francesca Chappell
  • Ram Choudhury
  • Natali Cinelli Moreira
  • Scott Connors
  • Mairead Costello
  • Amber Cross
  • Henry Daramola-Martin
  • Clemmie de la Poer Beresford
  • Chris Doyen
  • Kim Embrey
  • Nicholas Fitzhenry
  • Jamie Gemmell
  • Rebecca Goldsmith
  • Irene Hallyburton
  • Julia Helman
  • Ho Hin Ho
  • Gemma Jackson
  • David Karoon
  • Urvi Khaitan
  • Henna Khanom
  • Emma Kiey
  • Louis Kill-Brown
  • Thomas Kingston
  • Daniel MacDonald
  • Micah Mackay
  • Perseverence Madhuku
  • Joshua Madrid
  • Jayne Martin
  • Graham Moore
  • Erin Newman
  • Alison Norton
  • Raphael Oidtmann
  • Allan Pang
  • Kirsten Parkin
  • Ahmed Patrick-Lalljee
  • Ann Pomphrey
  • Ollie Randall
  • Robert Runacres
  • Beckie Rutherford
  • Victoria Sands
  • Alexander Sherborne
  • Caitlín Smith
  • Avery Sprey
  • Sadie Sunderland
  • Joanne Watson
  • Grace Whorrall-Campbell
  • Gary Willis
  • Xiwen Yang

 

Header Image: Turquoise Bowl with Lute Player and Audience, attributed Iran, late 12th–early 13th century, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, public domain.

 

 

Three new Fellows elected to join RHS Council from January 2023

Following recent elections to the RHS Council, we are very pleased to announce the appointment of three new councillors — Dr Kate Bradley, Dr Helen Paul and Professor Olwen Purdue — who will take up their roles from January 2023. We look forward to working with Kate, Helen and Olwen.

Three serving trustees will step down from the Council at the end of the year after their four-year term: Dr Adam Budd, Professor Chris Marsh and Professor Helen Nicholson. We are very grateful to Adam, Chris and Helen for their considerable contribution to the Society during this time.

 


 

Dr Kate Bradley (University of Kent)

I am a Reader in Social History & Social Policy in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent. Broadly speaking, I work on the history of social policy in the 20th century, and how voluntary, state and private welfare services are accessible (or not) to citizens. My most recent book is Lawyers for the Poor: Legal Advice, Voluntary Action and Citizenship in England, 1890-1990 (Manchester UP, 2019).

I stood for election to the RHS Council for two reasons: first, history ‘outside’ history; and second, keeping the Society’s momentum going with EDI.

Whilst I actively chose to be a historian outside a history department, institutional restructures have meant that historians can find themselves working in broader social sciences or humanities units. I want to demonstrate how and ensure that researchers’ identity as historians can be maintained in these working contexts, and how we communicate what history as a discipline has to offer. It is important to continue to hear from history department heads, but how can we also ensure we are hearing the voices of historians outside of this model on key issues?

The RHS has led the way amongst learned societies in looking at issues of equality, diversity and inclusion. It is important that we keep the momentum with this and look at disability and caring. There is much to do in terms of thinking about how history can be done inclusively, from our expectations about research to how we teach and support students. I approach this through my experiences of having ADHD, and I am really keen to learn about other experiences.

I have served the historical community in various ways – co-founding History Lab in 2005, co-convening History UK in 2015-16, and being a member of the Social History Society committee – along with experience of being a charity trustee for a multi-academy trust since 2017.  I am very much looking forward to drawing upon and building on these experiences with the RHS.

 


 

Dr Helen Paul (University of Southampton)

I am an economic historian based at the University of Southampton. I began my undergraduate career in Economics and Management and was not encouraged to do History at A level, let alone as a degree subject. Although I teach maths and economics, my research is not ‘mathsy’ and includes social history. I work primarily on the South Sea Company and enslavement. I have recently finished a six-year stint as Honorary Secretary of the Economic History Society. Before that I was chair of the EHS Women’s Committee.

I wanted to run for Council to ensure that historians in departments other than History were represented. For many of us, our research is still judged by different standards to our colleagues. For instance, economic history research is evaluated with regard to its ‘relevance to Economics’ (whatever that may mean).

Much of the advice given to historians relates to the History panel of the REF. I would like to advocate for people who are in a range of different departments but who are all historians. Sometimes they are the only one in their department and the only person who can teach history to ‘non-historians’. The Society can help to support them, particularly with regard to the REF.

 


 

Professor Olwen Purdue (Queen’s University Belfast)

I am Professor of Modern Social History at Queen’s University, Belfast where I work on the social history of nineteenth and early twentieth-century Ireland with a particular focus on social class, urban poverty and welfare. I am also increasingly interested in public history, particularly its role in divided societies.

Since the publication of my first monograph, The Big House in the North of Ireland: Land, Power and Social Elites, 1870-1960 (Dublin: UCD Press, 2009), I have turned my attention to poverty and welfare in the industrial city and have published several articles and edited collections on the subject, including, most recently, The First Great Charity of this Town: Belfast Charitable Society and its Role in the Developing City (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2022). A new monograph, Workhouse Child: Poverty, Child Welfare and the Poor Law in industrial Belfast, 1880-1918, is due out with Liverpool University Press in 2023. I was formerly international editor for The Public Historian and am currently series editor for Liverpool University Press’ Nineteenth-Century Ireland series.

I direct the Centre for Public History at Queen’s University and run the MA in Public History, and believe strongly in genuinely collaborative research. I’m a member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Museums Association, a member of the advisory board for the Ulster Museum, and a Governor of the Linen Hall Library.

As a new member of Council, I intend to work with colleagues to promote robust scholarship, advocate for the importance of the discipline, and equip emerging scholars with the tools to effectively communicate the significance of their work beyond academia and to engage with different public audiences in a range of ways.

 


 

Joining the RHS Council

 

Each year the Society holds elections to appoint three new councillors to serve as trustees of the Society for a four-year term. The Society encourages its Fellows to consider standing for election, in 2023 or at a later date. Enquiries about the role of an RHS Council member may be sent to: president@royalhistsoc.org.

For more on the work of the Council, please see our brief guide (June 2022)

 

 

Statement following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Patron of the Royal Historical Society

 

The Royal Historical Society is profoundly saddened by news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen was the Patron of the Royal Historical Society and a supporter of its work for 70 years. The Society, past and present, is very grateful to the late Queen for this long and important association. Her Majesty’s death comes three months after the 150th anniversary of the granting of the Royal title to the Society by Elizabeth II’s great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. 

Elizabeth II’s reign spanned a momentous era in British, Commonwealth and world history, during which the Queen provided great constancy and coherence. Today’s sad news marks another significant moment in that history and in the private lives of many who mourn the loss of an individual and a connection with the past.

We are confident historians will serve an important and valued role in documenting, explaining and interpreting this week, and the long reign of Queen Elizabeth II, for present and future generations.

Professor Emma Griffin, President of the Royal Historical Society

 

Society awards six Masters Scholarship to students from groups underrepresented in academic History

The Royal Historical Society (RHS) is delighted to announce the award of six Masters’ Scholarships, each worth £5000, to students from groups underrepresented in academic History, who will begin an MA degree at a UK university, 2022-23.

The Masters’ Scholarships seek to address underrepresentation and encourage Black and Asian students to consider academic research in History. By doing so, we hope to improve the educational experience of six early career historians engaging in a further degree from September 2022.

The scheme initially intended to offer four Scholarships in 2022; however, the quality of applications was such that awards are being made to a further two students for this inaugural year. Five of these awards will be supported by the Society. We are extremely grateful to an anonymous donor who will fund the sixth scholarship.

The Society received many strong applications from students from underrepresented groups looking to train as historians. The Masters’ programme will continue in 2023 with a new round of awards, and we hope other organisations will join with us to ensure more Masters’ students may be funded in 2023-24.

The six recipients of this year’s Scholarships will study, full- or part-time, for MAs in History at the universities of Cambridge, Lancaster, Nottingham, the School of Oriental and African Studies, Strathclyde and University College London. Recipients will also become Postgraduate members of the RHS.

 

The Royal Historical Society is very pleased to offer this first set of Masters’ Scholarships, and to provide additional financial support to six talented early career historians as they progress to postgraduate study.

This year’s programme has made clear the very real need for such support. The Society will continue the scheme for 2023-24, and we now seek ways to assist more students from underrepresented groups to consider and pursue a Masters’ course in History. By collaborating with partner organisations, we can help to address the inequalities that prevent many talented undergraduate historians from continuing in higher education.

We wish this year’s six recipients well in their studies, and look forward to welcoming them in the Society and hearing more about their work in the coming months. We are also extremely grateful to the generous donor who has made possible a sixth award in 2022.

Professor Emma Griffin, President of the Royal Historical Society

 

Individuals and organisations interested in partnering with the Society for the 2023 programme, in whatever way they can, are welcome to get in touch: president@royalhistsoc.org. Further details of the Masters’ Scholarships programme are available here.

 

Society elects 206 new Fellows, Associate Fellows, Members and Postgraduate Members

At its latest meeting on 6 July 2022, the RHS Council elected 56 Fellows, 68 Associate Fellows, 32 Members and 50 Postgraduate Members, a total of 206 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 archivists, broadcasters, curators, public servants and teachers. The Society is an international community of historians and our latest intake includes Fellows from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and the United States.

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, civil service and local government, museums and teaching.

The new Members have a similarly wide range of historical interests, and include individuals employed in universities, and as curators, engineers, film-makers, research scientists and teachers – together with independent and community historians. Our new Postgraduate Members are studying for higher degrees in History, or related subjects, at 36 different universities in the UK, China, France, Greece, India, New Zealand and the United States. All those newly elected to the Fellowship and Membership bring a valuable range of expertise and experience to the Society.

July 2022 sees the admission of our fourth 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 Monday 22 August 2022, with the next closing date being Monday 31 October 2022. Further details on RHS Fellowship and Membership categories (Fellow, Associate Fellow, Member and Postgraduate Member), the benefits of membership (including new benefits added from July 2022), deadlines for applications throughout 2022, and how to apply, are available here.

 

New RHS Fellows, elected July 2022

  • Thomas Almeroth-Williams
  • Jennifer Aston
  • Rachel Bright
  • Sean Campbell
  • Helen Carr
  • Clare Copley
  • Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz
  • Kristie Dean
  • David Egan
  • Paul Fantom
  • Lachlan Fleetwood
  • Nicholas Fogg
  • Cheryl Fury
  • Jake Griesel
  • John Harney
  • Laura Harrison
  • Yitzhak Hen
  • Louise Heren
  • Sarah Holland
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Claire Jones
  • James Kennaway
  • Raghav Kishore
  • Andrew Laird
  • Felix Larkin
  • Lauren Lauret
  • Andrew Leach
  • Patrick Leary
  • Ronan Lee
  • Jack Lennon
  • Laura Mair
  • Chris Monaghan
  • Stephen Morgan
  • Christopher Morton
  • John Mueller
  • Sherzod Muminov
  • Clive Norris
  • Sergio Orozco-Echeverri
  • Patricia Owens
  • Dahlia Porter
  • Luke Reynolds
  • Alasdair Richardson
  • Louis Roper
  • Lesa Scholl
  • Iris Shagrir
  • Mahnaz Shah
  • Julia Sheppard
  • Claudia Siebrecht
  • Dan Snow
  • Angela Stienne
  • Rebecca Thomas
  • Lik Hang Tsui
  • Joris van den Tol
  • Lukas M. Verburgt
  • Tyler Wentzell
  • Annie Whitehead

New RHS Associate Fellows, elected July 2022

  • Adeyemi Akande
  • Keith Alcorn
  • Caroline Angus
  • Daniel Armstrong
  • Katherine Arnold
  • Natasha Bailey
  • Cezara Bobeica
  • Emily Brady
  • Stephanie Brown
  • Moa Carlsson
  • James Carroll
  • Marcus Colla
  • Alexander Corrigan
  • James Daly
  • Stephen Donnachie
  • Melvin Douglass
  • George Evans-Hulme
  • Christopher Fevre
  • Jeremy Filet
  • Jeremiah Garsha
  • Owen Gower
  • Simon Graham
  • William Green
  • Michael Hahn
  • Hannah Halliwell
  • Amanda Harvey
  • Nathan Hood
  • Daniel Hunt
  • Polina Ignatova
  • Marina Ini’
  • Paul Jones
  • Taushif Kara
  • Mike Kearsley
  • Anna Kowalcze-Pawlik
  • Percy Pok Lai Leung
  • Liam Liburd
  • Nicolo Paolo Ludovice
  • Patrick McGhee
  • Olivia Mitchell
  • Louise Moon
  • P.G. Morgan
  • Colm Murphy
  • David Needham
  • Monica O’Brien
  • Patrick O’Halloran
  • Aoife O’Leary McNeice
  • Cullum Parker
  • Calum Platts
  • Sasha Rasmussen
  • Anna Reeve
  • Caroline Reyer
  • Helen Rutherford
  • Stéphane Sadoux
  • Charlote Scott
  • Nari Shelekpayev
  • James Smith
  • Yury Sorochkin
  • Angie Sutton-Vane
  • Erika Tiburcio Moreno
  • James Tipney
  • Anna Tulliach
  • Elizabeth Tunstall
  • Rosalind White
  • Duncan Wood
  • Brett Woods
  • Sarah Wride
  • Vanessa Wright
  • Victoria Yuskaitis

New RHS Members, elected July 2022

  • Alaa Almansour
  • Cristian Amza
  • Alan Archer
  • George Bickers
  • Carl Buck
  • Camilla Bullough
  • Juan Pedro Carricondo
  • Jackson Chak Sang Chan
  • David Cohen
  • Camille Depeige
  • Wallace Ferguson
  • Matthew Garland
  • Daria Golova
  • Peter Gruender
  • Frances Hatlee
  • Mark Hatlee
  • Zita Holbourne
  • Lee Hollingsworth
  • Lawrence Lewis
  • Stephanie Mackay
  • Steve Maddern
  • Max Preston
  • Lee Price
  • David Ransted
  • Kirstie Roper
  • Andrew Sinclair
  • Shreya Singh
  • James Threlkeld
  • Matthew Travis
  • Toni Webster
  • Jing Zhi Wong
  • Sirui Yao

New RHS Postgraduate Members, elected July 2022

  • Sue Adams
  • Isobel Ashby
  • Jacob Baxter
  • Daniel Beaumont
  • Morgan Breene
  • Elysia Cains
  • Ciara Chivers
  • Nick Clifton
  • Rosalyn Cousins
  • Lou Docherty
  • Katherine Eckelmann
  • Stuart Falconer
  • Allison Gale
  • Naide Gedikli-Gorali
  • Maria Georgouli Loupi
  • Angélina Giret
  • Haley Guepet
  • Caroline Gurney
  • Emily Rose Hay
  • Georgina Heatley
  • Tim Hodgson
  • Catherine Jenkinson
  • Sean Kinnear
  • Dionysios Kouskoulis
  • Tao Liu
  • Alan Meggs
  • Callan Meynell
  • Nathan Nocchi
  • Peter Nowell
  • Ronan  O’Reilly
  • Adam O. Taylor
  • Micaela Panes
  • Clare Parry
  • Emma Pearce
  • Anna-Marie Pípalová
  • Hannah Purtymun
  • Madeleine Rouot
  • Mariyam Said Said
  • Andrea Silen-McMillin
  • Courteney Smith
  • Pablo Soffia
  • Sean Strong
  • Paul Sutton
  • Abhishek Tiwari
  • Sophie Turbutt
  • Luke Usher
  • Albert William Wetter
  • David Williams
  • Robert Williamson
  • Thomas Wood

 

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Royal Historical Society Prizes & Awards: Winners, 2022

Many congratulations to all of the winners and runners-up in this year’s Royal Historical Society Prizes & Awards in research, publishing and teaching.

This year’s winners were announced on Friday 22 July, along with recipients of the Society’s PhD Fellows 2022-23, held in association with the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

A full listing of the 2022 recipients is available via the Society’s blog, along with acceptance speeches from the winners of this year’s Gladstone and Whitfield first book awards: Dr Emily Bridger and Dr Kristin Hussey.

Further information on the Society’s annual prizes and awards is also available. Submissions for the 2023 prize round will open in September this year. We’ll make a further announcement about how you, your colleagues and publishers can submit work for next year.

We hope you’ll join with us in encouraging early career historians to submit books, articles and dissertations for consideration in 2023.

Congratulations again to this year’s winners, runners-up and shortlisted authors. Thank you also to the 170 historians who who sent in work for consideration, and to this year’s judges who gave their free time to read each of the submissions.

 

New virtual issue of ‘Transactions’: the Prothero Lectures

A new virtual issue of 16 articles, selected from the Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, is now available. Each article is a published version of one of the Society’s annual Prothero Lectures. This virtual issue of the journal–freely available during 2022–is published on the centenary of the death of George W. Prothero (1848-1922), after whom the lectures are named.

First delivered in July 1969, the Prothero Lecture is now the centre point of the Society’s annual events programme. Lectures, given each July, are published as articles in the Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, and the journal has more than 50 ‘Prothero’ articles in which leading historians consider new subject areas, methods and historiographies. Collectively, the Prothero articles chart shifting interests and priorities in historical research over the past half century.

10 July 2022 marks the centenary of the death of George W. Prothero (1848-1922), historian and editor, after whom the lecture is named. Prothero was President of the Royal Historical Society between 1901 and 1905 and played a leading role in the professionalisation of history and historical research in the early twentieth century.

For this virtual issue a selection of 16 articles have been chosen. They range from Charles Crawley’s inaugural ‘Sir George Prothero and his circle’ (1969) to Linda Colley’s 2020 lecture: ‘What happens when a written constitution is printed? A history across boundaries’. Historians whose work appears include: Joanna Bourke, Natalie Zemon Davis, Roy Foster, Olwen Hufton, Carole Hillenbrand, Sujit Sivasundaram, Pauline Stafford and Keith Thomas.

Read all 16 articles, freely available during 2022

This year’s Prothero Lecture—‘The Gaiety Girl and the Matinee Idol’, given on 6 July 2022 by Professor Rohan McWilliam—examines celebrity culture in London’s West End, 1880-1914. The video of the lecture is available, as part of the Society’s events archive. A published version of the lecture will be available later via TRHS FirstView and in print in 2023.


The Society’s archive, at University College London, includes an extensive collection of the papers of George W. Prothero (1848-1922), historian, editor and President of the RHS, 1901-05. The archive has recently been re-catalogued and is available for consultation by appointment.


The next virtual issue of the journal will appear in November 2022 to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication, in 1872, of the first volume of the Society’s Transactions–making TRHS the UK’s longest-running scholarly historical journal.

 

New benefits for members of the Society

From the end of August, we will be extending the range of benefits available to all Fellows and Members of the Royal Historical Society. These will be in addition to the current set of benefits available, by category, to Fellows, Associate Fellows, Members and Postgraduate Members.

The new benefits provide online access to the archives of RHS publications, and include:

  • Online access to the current issue and searchable archive of the Society’s journal Transactions of the Royal Historical Society. The archive, available via CUP’s Cambridge Core platform, includes 144 volumes and more than 2200 articles, published between the journal’s foundation in 1872 and the early 2020s.
  • Online access to all 325 volumes of the Society’s Camden Series of primary source materials, including the latest titles published in 2021 and 2022, again via CUP’s Core platform. Since 1838, the Camden Series has made primary records available in accessible scholarly editions, compiled and introduced by specialist historians. The Series is especially strong in material relating to British history, including the British Empire and Britons’ influence overseas.

Other benefits available from late August 2022:

Following requests from current Fellows, with the introduction of full online access we will also offer the option to ‘opt out’ of the annual print copy of Transactions, starting with the November 2022 volume.

Current Members of the Society will be notified in August when these benefits become available.


In the coming 12 months, the Society expects to offer further membership benefits, including:

  • Access to a new ‘Fellows’ area’ on the Society’s website, providing curated content, a self-service membership subscription portal, and directory of Fellows’ research interests to enable scholarly exchange.
  • Inclusion in and access to a directory of Fellows’ Research Interests.
  • Additional discounts to partner publications and products. 

Applications to join the Royal Historical Society are welcome at any time. The next deadline for applications is Monday 22 August 2022.

 

 

 

The Future of History at Roehampton

The Royal Historical Society is shocked and concerned by proposed redundancies and programme closures in History (and across all Arts and Humanities provision) at the University of Roehampton.

The terms of the Roehampton cuts are extensive.

The proposal is to make all 13.6FTE History posts redundant through voluntary or compulsory schemes and to require current staff to reapply for seven newly configured posts. In addition, the University seeks to close its History MA to new entrants from September 2022. If enacted, Roehampton’s cuts to History staffing will, in numerical terms, exceed those undertaken by any UK university in recent years. 

If the Roehampton proposal is extensive, it is also inexplicable.

By any measure, Roehampton is a successful History department. It performs extremely well in the 2022 National Student Survey and Guardian League Table, exceeding many Russell Group institutions. On its website, the University lauds its ‘world-class historians’ who combine academic study with ‘real-world experience’ and skills-building for successful graduate careers. It’s these same members of staff whose posts are now targeted for redundancy.

As in teaching so in research, the Roehampton History department is flourishing. 83% of Outputs were judged as ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) in the recent REF2021 exercise. This places Roehampton among the UK’s leading post-92 institutions for History. Roehampton’s historians are equally skilled at external grant capture: £1.67mn since 2014—a 550% increase in income generation compared with the previous REF cycle. Roehampton History has already demonstrated considerable growth in research culture since 2014. To squander opportunities for future growth will be a huge waste of talent, reputation and potential in favour of short-term solutions to current concerns.

The University’s stated reasons for cuts are declining student admissions, and its need to restructure degree programmes to meet Office for Students’ markers on graduate employability and professional status. 

The Society finds this explanation unconvincing. According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency, between 2014 and 2020 recruitment increased at Roehampton by 113% in History, far exceeding the University’s 68% increase across all subjects in this period. Of the 104 institutions in the HESA survey, only two saw a greater increase in FTE enrolments to study History than Roehampton. Likewise, any subsequent small decline in admissions has identifiable and exceptional causes—most notably A-Level grade inflation in 2020 and 2021. 

The University is right to stress the need for History degrees to prepare students for employment in a range of sectors. However, it’s mistaken to argue that Roehampton History must start again with a new degree and job profiles in order to do so. 

As a closer look at Roehampton’s existing History programme makes clear, these priorities are already in place. Skills training and employability are central to History at Roehampton and a feature at all stages of the BA course, including a compulsory module in ‘Applied Humanities: Professional Practice and Placement’. As a result, for 2017-19, 66% of ​​Roehampton History undergraduate leavers were in ‘graduate level’ careers or further study. 

The Royal Historical Society has written to Roehampton’s senior managers to address their presentation of the History department and reasons for cuts. We sincerely hope our communication is read as constructive and the start of dialogue. We hope too that it encourages those charged with university management not to act in haste when considering change. Rather, we invite them to work with the Society, and others, to develop valuable, attractive and sustainable programmes in the humanities, for the longer term. 

It is our great concern that once disbanded—whether to meet short-term financial and strategic goals, or acquiesce to populist swipes at the humanities—centres of expertise like Roehampton History will prove impossible to recreate. This would be a loss we can truly ill afford.

The President and Council of the Royal Historical Society

 


 

Those in UK History departments facing cuts, or concerned about their prospect, are welcome to contact the Royal Historical Society.

Contacts and resources are available in the Society’s new toolkit for ‘Supporting History Teaching and Research in UK Universities’.

 

Society launches new toolkit ‘Supporting History Teaching and Research in UK Universities’

A number of UK History departments have recently been faced with, or are experiencing, cuts to programmes and staff, or mergers with other disciplines.

As part of its advocacy role, the Royal Historical Society works with historians and heads of department who face significant change to their professional lives. Some of this work is ‘behind the scenes’ in communication with departments and university managers. Other aspects of this role include the provision of commentaries and resources to support historians, as best we can.

We have now brought these resources together as a toolkit ‘Supporting History Teaching and Research in UK Universities’.

 

 

This is a ‘work in progress’ and we welcome proposals from colleagues for additional information, especially from those who have – or are – experiencing cuts to staffing, research and teaching provision in their departments. To offer suggestions, please email the Society’s Academic Director. All communication is confidential and will not be disclosed by the Society.

 

 

The Society also has a confidential list of historians in UK Higher Education who are willing to speak to colleagues now facing treats to teaching or research in their departments. If you wish to be put in touch, in confidence, with colleagues from other departments, please get in touch. Please also contact us if you would like to offer your experience and advice, in confidence, to others. 

The Society is very grateful to those who have already offered their time and expertise in helping to prepare these resources.