RHS News

RHS Research Funding – new programmes launched, with funding options now available for historians at all career stages

Allocation of research funding is central to the Society’s work of supporting historians and historical research.

In 2022 the Society awarded £125,000 in funding to historians through open competitions and in one-off programmes, generously assisted by partner organisations and donors.

From February 2023, the Society launches its new range of funding programmes for historians, within and outside Higher Education, and at all career stages.

Further details of our new Research Funding programmes for 2023 are available here.

Funding is now available in the following three categories:

  • Postgraduate Research Funding – a range of scholarships, fellowships and grants for those studying for a History Masters degree or PhD
  • Early Career Research Funding – a range of grants for historians within 3 years of completing a doctorate in History
  • Open Research Funding – grant options for historians further on from PhD completion, or in mid / later career employed in Higher Education or in other sectors aligned to history

In addition, the Society also offers the following annual programmes in 2023:

  • Workshop Grants – enabling groups of historians, at any career stage, to come together to discuss projects in detail: introduced in 2022 and running for its second year in 2023
  • Jinty Nelson Teaching Grants – a new scheme to facilitate innovative and creative teaching practice: to be launched in Spring/Summer 2023

Applicants for Royal Historical Society funding must be members of the Society, with several exceptions at Postgraduate level. To find out how to become a Fellow, Associate Fellow, Member or Postgraduate Member, please see our Join Us page.

For more on the Society’s funding opportunities in 2023, please visit the Research Funding area of our website. Here you’ll find details of each grant programme arranged according to career stage; which programmes are currently accepting applications; closing dates; and how to apply for a specific grant.


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Society elects 157 new Fellows, Associate Fellows, Members and Postgraduate Members

At its latest meeting on 3 February 2023, the RHS Council elected 44 Fellows, 32 Associate Fellows, 40 Members and 41 Postgraduate Members, a total of 157 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 museum curators, librarians, heads of learned societies, teachers heritage consultants, and independent researchers and writers. The Society is an international community of historians and our latest intake includes Fellows from seven countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, the UK and United States.

Our latest intake includes a number of historians working outside History departments, in cognate disciplines in higher education (on this occasion, Art History, Library and Literary Studies, Musicology, Philosophy and Theology): 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 journalism, conservation, libraries and archives, public and community history and the diplomatic service.

The new Members have a similarly wide range of historical interests, and include individuals employed in universities, and as civil servants, teachers, librarians and lawyers – together with independent and community historians. Our new Postgraduate Members are studying for higher degrees in History, or related subjects, at 27 different universities in the UK, Canada, Italy and the United States. All those newly elected to the Fellowship and Membership bring a valuable range of expertise and experience to the Society.

February 2023 sees the admission of our seventh set of Associate Fellows and Postgraduate Members — two 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 10 April 2023, with the next closing date after this being Monday 5 June 2023. Further details on RHS Fellowship and Membership categories (Fellow, Associate Fellow, Member and Postgraduate Member); benefits of membership; deadlines for applications throughout 2023; and how to apply, are available here.

 

New Fellows, elected February 2023

  • Paul Campbell
  • Ian Campbell
  • Debbie Challis
  • Peter Collinge
  • Roxana Coman
  • Joseph Cronin
  • Anthony Crowley
  • Ben Dew
  • Elena Draghici-Vasilescu
  • Jane Draycott
  • Noelle Dückmann Gallagher
  • Jonathan Durrant
  • Laura Eastlake
  • Rob Ellis
  • Stefan Fisher-Høyrem
  • Darren Freebury-Jones
  • Jane Freeland
  • Alison Garden
  • Jamie Gianoutsos
  • Benjamin Guyer
  • Trevor Herbert
  • Laurence Johnson
  • Jennifer Keating
  • Rachel Kiddey
  • Kevin Killeen
  • Liam Lewis
  • David Magalhães
  • Ewen Misha
  • Teresa O’Doherty
  • Elodie Paillard
  • Hugh Pattenden
  • David Reagles
  • Alexander Rose
  • Pamela Scully
  • Neil Tarrant
  • Misha Teramura
  • Alun Thomas
  • Gyorgy Toth
  • Colin Trodd
  • Mark Vickers
  • Tim Welch
  • Philip Wood
  • Eve Worth
  • David Worthington

New Associate Fellows, elected February 2023

  • Tayo Agunbiade
  • Iram Ahmad
  • Artemis Alexiou
  • Krysten Blackstone
  • Nicoletta Bruno
  • Eddie Chaloner
  • Danielle Claybrook
  • Paul Crawford
  • Christian Cuthbert
  • Clayton Davis
  • Scott de Groot
  • Nicolo Ferrari
  • Iker Itoiz Ciaurriz
  • Terry Kilburn
  • Michael Leek
  • Peter Lythe
  • William Mitchell
  • Benjamin Morris
  • Steve Ngo
  • Daniel O’Brien
  • Patrick O’Connor
  • David Olvera Ayes
  • Patrick B. Poland
  • Casey Raeside
  • Rose Roberto
  • Elisabeth Salje
  • Petros  Spanou
  • Harry Spillane
  • Elin Tomos
  • Ben Walsh
  • Nicola Williams
  • Lauren Young

New Members, elected February 2023

  • Ernesto Juan Anaya
  • Loraine Banner
  • Gaverne Bennett
  • Eleanor Braithwaite
  • Jocelyn Cash
  • Felix Cheah
  • Oliver Clark
  • Colin Coates
  • Michela Cocolin
  • Patrick Daigneault
  • Mark Diamond
  • Lindsay Ditkofsky
  • Jennifer Ehrlich
  • Eghosa Ekhator
  • Jack Fairweather
  • Mercy Fowler
  • Tracey Gaitt
  • Kyle Glover
  • Tadhg Goodison
  • Michael Hardman
  • David Harvey
  • Jens Hepper
  • Samantha Hook
  • Rongqi Li
  • Nicolaus Martin
  • Shelley Murphy
  • Martin Pitts
  • Edward Pryke
  • Carol Quentin-Hicks
  • David Rodenko
  • John Sharman
  • Manish Shrivastava
  • Kelly Smith
  • Ines Sousa
  • Isarum Sriyingyong
  • Andrés Urbano
  • Susan Ward
  • Nick Wood
  • Jiarui Wu
  • ChitShing Wu

New Postgraduate Members, elected February 2023

  • Chloe Atkinson
  • Phillip Baranick
  • Sam Brady
  • Emily Chambers
  • Yi-Ying Chao
  • Thomas Collins
  • Helen Corlett
  • David Cowan
  • Calum Cunningham
  • Shaun Cushley
  • Raja Venkata Krishna Dandamudi
  • Camilla de Koning
  • Lewis Driver
  • Howard Francis
  • Lavinia Gambini
  • Dionysios Giatras
  • Hannah Gibbons
  • Jasper Heeks
  • Nausheen Hoosein
  • Rebecca Irvine
  • Nigel Jenkins
  • Scott Keir
  • Graham Kerr
  • Emma Marshall
  • Kay Rawson
  • Autumn Reinhardt-Simpson
  • Rosaria Sgueglia
  • Pritam Singh
  • David Spruce
  • Jois Stansfield
  • Ben Stemper
  • Lily Tekseng
  • Sara Tenneson
  • Tiéphaine Thomason
  • Katharine Waldron
  • Nathan Websdale
  • Rowan Whitcomb
  • Eleanor Whitehead
  • Tadeusz Wojtych
  • Tsz Ho Wong
  • Emma Wordsworth

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Are you New to Teaching? Eight video presentations offer advice to build your skills

 

The Royal Historical Society and HistoryUK are pleased to offer 8 new videos from specialist historians, providing guides to teaching History in UK Higher Education.

The presentations are designed for those new or starting out in teaching. Subjects covered include: creating and presenting a History lecture; working online; teaching with small and large seminar groups; being innovative and creative in your teaching; developing new modules; and providing constructive assessment.

More on the full series and subjects covered >


The new guides also feature on the Society’s Teaching Portal, an online repository of 70+ guides, for History teachers and students in Higher Education.

Areas covered by the Portal include teaching practice, innovative modules, online resources for research, and guides to career development post-PhD.


 

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

 

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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.

 

RHS Race Work: A Review and Look Ahead

Over the past five years, the Royal Historical Society (RHS) has become a prominent and important voice for equality in the discipline and profession. This is particularly so on the subject of race and ethnicity, due in large part to the impact of the Society’s 2018 Report, ‘Race, Ethnicity & Equality in UK History’.

Between 2019 and 2022 the Society’s race work was co-ordinated by an RHS Race, Ethnicity and Equality in History Fellowship, generously funded by the Past & Present Society.

The Fellowship—held by two early career historians, Dr Shahmima Akhtar (2019-20) and Dr Diya Gupta (2020-22)—enabled the Society’s equalities programme to develop in the wake of the 2018 Report and its follow-up papers.

Both Fellows have now gained permanent academic posts, with Diya’s move to a Lectureship coinciding with the Fellowship coming to a close in October 2022. The Society wishes Shahmima and Diya well in their academic careers, and is very grateful to all those who’ve contributed to the programme in recent years.

 

 

To mark the end of this phase, ‘Race, Ethnicity and Equality in History. A Review and Look Ahead’ (released on 3 November 2022), offers a summary of the Society’s recent race work.

The report also looks forward, with details of the Society’s current and forthcoming activities in the area of race, ethnicity and equality in History.

 

 

This current and future work is integral to the Society’s Council, originating both from within the Society and in partnership with external organisations. It’s our intention that in these ways we maintain the Society’s commitment to greater equality in History.


You can learn more about the Society’s current and ongoing Equalities work here. These initiatives include:

  • Masters’ Scholarships: for early career historians from groups underrepresented in academic history. The programme, seeks to actively address underrepresentation and encourage Black and Asian students to consider academic research in History. By supporting Masters’ students, the programme focuses on a key early stage in the academic training of future researchers.
  • ‘Positive action’ workshops for early career historians of colour: these workshops offer one-to-one guidance and group discussion. Sessions cover CV writing, applications, and proposals for funded research, among other topics, for up to 30 historians at a time. This workshop runs annually, with a report from the first meeting (2021) available here.
  • ‘Writing Race’, featuring new research on histories of research from guest contributors.
  • Funding for external projects including grants and prizes offered by the British Association for Nineteenth-Century American Historians and the Social History Society.

We also welcome ideas and proposal for new partnerships, allowing us to work collaboratively and pragmatically to address areas of need. If you would like to propose ideas for activities or partnerships please contact president@royalhistsoc.org.

 

RHS Masters’ Scholarships: 2022-23 recipients begin courses at UK universities

In July 2022, the Royal Historical Society launched its new Masters’ Scholarship programme.

The Scholarships provide financial support to students from groups currently underrepresented in academic History. Each Scholarship is worth £5000. The programme seeks to actively address underrepresentation and encourage Black and Asian students to consider academic research in History. By supporting Masters’ students the programme focuses on a key early stage in the academic training of future researchers.

This year the Society has made awards to six Masters’ students, with one of these generously funded by an anonymous donor. We’re very pleased that all of the award holders for 2022-23 have now begun their courses:

  • Amber Cross, studying for MA in medieval and early modern history at the University of Lancaster
  • Gemma Jackson, studying for a Masters, with a focus on medieval queenship, at the University of Nottingham
  • Henna Khanom, studying for an MA in History, specialising in American race relations, at University College London
  • Louis Kill-Brown, studying for an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge
  • Ahmed Lalljee, studying for a Masters, specialising in South Asian history, at the School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Daniel MacDonald, studying for an MSc in modern world history at the University of Strathclyde

We wish Amber, Gemma, Henna, Louis, Ahmed and Daniel well for their studies, and will be keeping in touch with them as their courses progress.

Masters’ Scholarships, 2023-24

The Scholarship programme will next run for students beginning MA courses (full- or part-time) in September 2023. The call and timetable for 2023 applications will be announced by the Society in early 2023.

Supporting the Scholarships programme from 2023

In 2022, the first year of the programme, the Society awarded 6 Scholarships and will provide a further four awards, annually from 2023. In this first year, interest in the scheme was very strong, with many fundable applications. From 2023 onwards, the Society seeks to offer as many Scholarships as we can to talented eligible early career historians.

If you or your organisation would like to help us, please email president@royalhistsoc.org to discuss options with the RHS President , Professor Emma Griffin.

 

Marking 150 years of Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 1872-2022

In November 2022, we mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of the Transactions of the Royal Historical Society. The anniversary will include:

  • online and print publication of the latest (145th) volume of Transactions, with its new format and design.
  • online special issues of Transactions, highlighting developments in the journal from its origin in 1872 to the present day.
  • a free online panel discussion (5pm GMT, Tuesday 6 December) on ‘Futures for the History Journal: reflections and projections’, which is booking now. The panel brings together editors, historians and publishers, from the UK and US, to consider the role and future pf the history journal as a means of scholarly communication.

 

First published in 1872, Transactions is the longest-running English-language academic history journal, predating first publication of the English Historical Review (1886) and the American Historical Review (1895), among other titles.

Since 1872, 144 volumes of Transactions have been published, with the 145th available from mid-November.

 

 


 

 

November 2022 sees important changes to the current Transactions. This year’s volume will come with a new design and paperback format.

It’s also the first in 150 years to include external submissions not previously read to the Society; the first to be edited by historians who are not members of RHS Council; and the first to engage an editorial board.


Journals remain central to the communication of historical research. As a publishing form, they’ve proved remarkably durable, with developments typically taking place within an established framework of article types and formats.

At the same time, the recent history of journals points to quickening and more disruptive change — most notably in terms of online access and publishing models; but also with reference to innovations of form, tone and purpose.

In ‘Futures for the History Journal: Reflections and Projections’ (6 December) our panel and audience will consider the extent, impact and outcomes of these recent changes, together with possible futures for a popular publishing form.