Novel Coronavirus and the RHS

16 March 2020

The current novel coronavirus outbreak is a rapidly-developing international situation, which will cause significant ongoing disruption.

The Royal Historical Society has produced guidance to support RHS staff, Council members and grant recipients. This will be updated on the website at

The RHS is committed to supporting our community of scholars during what we realise is a very difficult time.

Our priorities at this time are:

  • to ensure that no-one feels under pressure to put their own or others’ wellbeing at risk for RHS-related or funded work;
  • that individuals don’t incur significant personal expense related to RHS-funded activities as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak;
  • to work with colleagues and speakers to make contingency plans for our upcoming events.

We will continue to share any changes as they are confirmed. Thank you for bearing with us as we adapt our standard policies and working patterns to accommodate this set of exceptional circumstances.

Please direct general communication to If you have specific queries about grant-funded activities affected by the coronavirus outbreak please contact Imogen Evans on

All the best to everyone.