Join the RHS

Yahagi Bridge at Okazaki on the Tōkaidō, ca. 1834, Katsushika Hokusai, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, public domain

Closing date for next application round:

Monday 10 January 2022


Please note: The Society’s online application system for memberships is offline for redevelopment work in the week commencing Monday 29 November. The service will be available from Monday 6 December.

Applicants who have started but not yet completed an application may do so from Monday 6 December. For any enquiries before 6 December, please email: and mark your email: ‘Applications’.


The Royal Historical Society represents the interests of historical researchers in universities, libraries, archives, museums, heritage and broadcasting, as well as those engaged in public, community and family history research.

We currently have a worldwide membership of over 4500 historians, of all kinds, engaged in researching, presenting and publishing history. Annual subscriptions paid by the membership are essential to sustaining our work and supporting our activities.

All RHS Members and Fellows are entitled to a range of benefits including:

In addition, Fellows are entitled to:

  • Vote in all RHS elections.
  • Stand for election to the RHS Council.
  • Use the letters FRHistS after your name.
  • Use the Society’s Council Chamber for small group meetings (on application to the RHS office).

Applications to join the RHS are welcome through the year. Closing dates for applications and supporting references in 2022 are: Mondays 10 January, 4 April, 6 June, 22 August and 31 October.