RHS News

UK Scholarly Communications Licence

The Royal Historical Society has issued a discussion document on the UK Scholarly Communications Licence, exploring the policy’s possible implications for arts and humanities subjects in the UK. You can view the document here.

 

RHS Lecture: Prof. Diana Paton, ‘Seeing Women & Sisters in the Archives of Atlantic Slavery’

On 9 February, Prof. Diana Paton delivered an RHS lecture entitled ’Mary Williamson’s Letter, or: Seeing Women & Sisters in the Archives of Atlantic Slavery’. You can watch the lecture and read Prof. Paton’s abstract below.

“I was a few years back a slave on your property of Houton Tower, and as a Brown woman was fancied by a Mr Tumoning unto who Mr Thomas James sold me.” Thus begins Mary Williamson’s letter, which for decades sat unexamined in an attic in Scotland until a history student became interested in her family’s papers, and showed it to Diana Paton. In this lecture, Paton will use the letter to reflect on the history and historiography of ‘Brown’ women like Mary Williamson in Jamaica and other Atlantic slave societies. Mary Williamson’s letter offers a rare perspective on the sexual encounters between white men and Brown women that were pervasive in Atlantic slave societies. Yet its primary focus is on the greater importance of ties of place and family—particularly of relations between sisters—in a context in which the ‘severity’ of slavery was increasing. Mary Williamson’s letter is a single and thus-far not formally archived trace in a broader archive of Atlantic slavery dominated by material left by slaveholders and government officials. Paton asks what the possibilities and limits of such a document may be for generating knowledge about the lives and experiences of those who were born into slavery.

(Image used with the kind permission of Nicholas James)

Public History Prize 2018 Winners

The Winners of the 2018 Public History Prize were announced on Friday 26 January at the Mary Ward Centre in London.

 

The awards were presented by Samir Shah, OBE, RSA, broacaster and Chair of the Geffrye Museum.

Overall Winner:

 

 

 

 

 

‘Partition Voices’, BBC Radio 4, presented by Kavita Puri

Museums & Exhibitions Winner:

 

 

 

 

 

Museum of London Docklands, ‘Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail’

Radio & Podcasts Winner:

 

 

 

 

 

Partition Voices’, BBC Radio 4, presented by Kavita Puri

Commended for Radio & Podcasts:

Instant History’ (‘Archive on 4’), BBC Radio 4, presented by Andrew Green

Film & TV Winner:

 

 

 

 

 

‘Black and British: A Forgotten History’, BBC 2, presented by David Olusoga

Commended for Film & TV, and Online Resources:

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Oxford Local History, ’66 Men of Grandpoint’

Online Resources Winner:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Migration Story’, Runnymede Trust

Public Debate & Policy Winner:

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy Delap (Cambridge), Adrian Bingham (Sheffield), & Louise Jackson (Edinburgh), ‘Historicising “Historical Child Sexual Abuse”

Undergraduate Student Prize:

Cherish Watton (Cambridge), ‘Democratic and Critical Commemoration of the Women’s Land Army in 20th-Century Britain’

Postgraduate Student Prize:

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Hopkinson (Huddersfield), ‘Dispersing the Problem: Immigrant Children in Huddersfield during the 1960s & 1970s’

Commended Postgraduate Student:

Kirstie Arnould ‘Keeping Us in Mind: Silences and Voices in the Epsom Cluster’

 

RHS sponsors Historical Association Quality Mark

In recognition of the excellence and high standards that the Historical Associaton’s Quality Mark (QM) can bring to a school we are delighted to announce that to help celebrate our 150th anniversary, the Royal Historical Society is to provide sponsored bursaries to ensure more schools can take part. The QM supports the development of excellent history provision by the teacher, the department and as part of the whole school offer to young people. You can read more about the scheme here.

The Royal Historical Society will be provide sponsored bursaries in 2018 for up to ten secondary schools to participate in all stages of the Quality Mark programme. Conditions of the sponsorship mean that the sponsored schools will be state funded, non-selective schools drawn from across the country. To register your interest in the the Royal Historical Society Quality Mark Bursaries, please contact Mel Jones (melanie.jones[AT]history.org.uk) for more details, or download and complete the application form from the HA website. Applications close on July 16 2018.

 

Presidential Address 2017: ‘Loot’, Prof. Margot Finn

On 24 November, RHS President Margot Finn presented her first annual Presidential address, discussing the subject of ‘Loot’ in her series on ‘Material Turns in Modern British History’. You can watch the lecture, and read Prof. Finn’s abstract below.

The first of four annual addresses deploying methodological approaches associated with the ‘material turn’, this lecture focuses on the relationship between imperial warfare, on the one hand, and the writing of History in modern Britain, on the other. It does so by tracing the entangled histories of booty, plunder and prize in the Third Anglo-Maratha or Pindari campaigns of c. 1817-1819, and by examining the material afterlives of Indian loot in late Georgian and Victorian Britain. Not least among the consequences of military men’s efforts to regulate (and profit from) the vibrant indigenous and imperial plunder regimes of the East India Company era was an efflorescence of historical research conducted on the subcontinent under the Company’s aegis. Co-produced with Indian scribal and princely elites, the historical writing that flourished in the Pindari War and its aftermath was caught up in and fostered by wider processes of material exchange that saw plundered jewels, weaponry, textiles and manuscripts fuel , rationalize and reward both Indian and British combatants. The history-writing of these campaigns differed sharply from the Whig verities which were to dominate later Victorian historiography. But these earlier and later varieties of historical interpretation are viscerally related—most notably in the biography and the material possessions of the Royal Historical Society’s fourth President (1891-1899), Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff. On the eve of the Society’s 150th anniversary, it is timely to render more visible History’s connection—by blood, capital, and the spoils of war—to earlier practices of archiving, researching and writing the past born on the battlefield.

Call for Nominations to REF2021 History Sub-Panel

The Royal Historical Society has been invited by HEFCE to nominate sub-panel members for REF2021 and will be looking to put forward c.50 names before nominations close in December 2017.

This important process requires us to balance the number of nominees needed to cover particular sub-disciplinary areas with equality and diversity considerations and HEFCE’s intention to have c. a third of the sub-panel with previous REF panel experience with, correspondingly, at least c. a third new members.

It is vital that the History sub-panel reflects the range, institutional variety and expertise of our discipline (including an ability to assess research published in languages other than English), and that its membership commands the confidence of the profession.

To help achieve this goal, the RHS is inviting Fellows to contact us with the names and disciplinary areas of potential nominees. Suggestions for both full sub-panel members (responsible for assessing outputs, environments and impacts) and for impact reviewers who work outside the Higher Education sector will be welcome. In keeping with HEFCE’s wider nominating process, the Society will not consider either individual self-nominations or nominations made by a colleague at the nominee’s own university.

Prior to contacting the Society, Fellows are kindly requested to read carefully the HEFCE guidance on REF sub-panel membership, available here.

Note should be taken (1) of the very substantial time commitment required in a discipline in which output assessment is undertaken by qualitative reading, often of lengthy texts; and (2) that sub-panel membership typically entails both travel and periods of over-night accommodation away from sub-panel members’ home institutions.

Fellows should be aware that we expect to receive many more names than we will be able to nominate, reflecting the strength of History in the UK. Following HEFCE guidance on diversity and reaching out to under-represented groups, we strongly encourage nominations from those under-represented in REF2014 panels

All suggestions for potential sub-panel members should be sent to
rhsref2021@royalhistsoc.org, before 12:00 noon on Wednesday 22 November.

In suggesting names for the Society’s consideration, please include the following information, in the following order, in the body of your email:

1) Confirmation that you are currently a Fellow of the RHS (Y/N);

2) Full name of proposed REF sub-panel member;

3) Email address of proposed nominee;

4) Institutional address of proposed nominee;

5) URL of candidate’s individual page on institutional/professional website;

6) Field(s) of specialism of proposed nominee (region, chronology, sub-disciplinary area, and/or methodology, as appropriate);

7) Any known prior experience of peer-review in History (editorial experience, research council assessment boards, etc.)

 

HEFCE Recruitment for TEF Panel Members

HEFCE has opened recruitment for approximately 100 panel member roles on the TEF Subject Pilot panels and a small number of roles on TEF Year Three for applicants with HE in further education colleges and/or alternative providers.  There are roles for students, academics, widening participation experts, employment experts and employer and PSRB representatives to review submissions and decide on the assessment outcomes.

We would encourage you to review the available roles to see if you or a colleague may be interested. We would also be grateful if you could disseminate details to colleagues across your provider.

The role specifications and applications forms for the available roles can be found on the TEF recruitment portal. Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications for all roles is midday on Friday 6 October.

Should you have any questions regarding the roles, please contact TEF@hefce.ac.uk.

 

RHS Lecture: Prof. Chris Marsh, ‘Bestselling Ballads in Early Modern England’

On 22 September, Prof. Chris Marsh (Queen’s University, Belfast) delivered an RHS lecture entitled “The Woman to the Plow and the Man to the Hen-Roost”: Wives, Husbands, & Best-Selling Ballads in Seventeenth-Century England. Prof. Marsh’s lecture included musical performances by himself and the singer Vivien Ellis. You can watch the lecture and read the abstract below.

This lecture grows out of a research project that aims to identify 100 hit songs from seventeenth-century England. Two historians are working with a group of musicians to produce new recordings of the period’s most successful broadside ballads (single-sheet songs that were sung and sold on the streets), and the results will eventually appear on a website. Today, we will concentrate on ballads about marital relations, and the importance of these sources for our understandings of early modern culture and society will be assessed. The talk will feature murder, adultery and monstrosity, though it will also be suggested that a tendency to concentrate on the exotic and extreme in early-modern balladry needs to be held in check. Some of the ballads will be performed live by the singer, Vivien Ellis.