Wooden ballot box, Smithsonian Museum

Elections to RHS Council, 2021: nominations invited

16 June 2021

The Royal Historical Society seeks the election of three Councillors in 2021 to replace serving RHS Council members who are stepping down in November this year.

Nominations for candidates for election are now invited. The closing date for nominations is Friday 16 July 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates seeking nomination for the Council Election, and all supporters, must be existing Fellows of the Royal Historical Society.


In accordance with By-law XXI, Fellows of the Royal Historical Society are invited to nominate for election Fellows willing to serve as Councillors for a term of four years commencing December 2021. Nominations must be supported by one Proposer and four Seconders, who are Ordinary, Retired or Emeritus Fellows of the Society. The Society desires that the membership of its Council be fully representative of the community of historians in the United Kingdom.

Please see the Society’s website for the institutional affiliations and subject expertise of current Members of Council: http://royalhistsoc.org/about/council-members/.

Those elected become trustees of the Royal Historical Society. Councillors are expected to attend all or most of the five annual Council meetings, to attend at least one of the Society’s regional visits or symposia, to serve on one or more committee and to assist the Society in other ways as needed. Council and most committee meetings are held on Fridays at the Society’s office in London, though are currently taking place online. Expenses for economy travel and accommodation are reimbursed by the Society.

The Councillors retiring in November 2021 are: Professor Oleg Benesch, Professor Clare Griffiths and Professor Paul Readman.

To Submit a Nomination for Election

Nominations should be made via the RHS Applications Portal: https://royalhistorical.smapply.io/ (selecting the ‘Elections to Council’ option).

Fellows wishing to stand for election are required to submit a short statement, and then to contact one Proposer and four Seconders via the Application Portal. Proposers in turn submit their supporting statement, and Seconders their electronic signature, via the Portal.

Completed nominations are then submitted by the Fellow who wishes to stand for election.

Closing date for nominations is: 11.59PM on Friday 16 July 2021.The election period will begin soon after the closing date, with further details circulated at that time. Results of the election are expected in early September 2021.


IMAGE HEADER: Wooden ballot box used in the northeastern United States c.1870. Smithsonian Museum. Public Domain.