Jon Stobart is Professor of History at Manchester Metropolitan University, having previously held academic positions at the universities of Northampton, Coventry and Staffordshire. He is a social and economic historian of eighteenth-century England, with particular interests in the histories of retailing and consumption.
Much of Jon’s work is collaborative, interdisciplinary, and international and he has worked with geographers, art historians, heritage professionals and historians from the UK and across Europe. His most recent book, Consumption and the Country House, was published by OUP in 2016. Jon is a founding editor of the journal History of Retailing and Consumption, a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, and has sat on a number of academic councils and committees including the Economic History Society, Social History Society and Northamptonshire Record Society.
Alana Harris is Senior Lecturer in Modern British History and Director of Liberal Arts at King’s College London. Her work sits at the intersections of the history of gender, sexuality, ethnicity and religiosity. Alana’s publications include The Schism of ’68: Catholics, Contraception and Humanae Vitae in Europe, 1945-75 (Palgrave Macmillan 2018), Love and Romance in Britain 1918-1970 (Palgrave Macmillan 2014) (co-edited with Tim Jones), and Faith in the Family: A Lived Religious History of English Catholicism, 1945-82 (MUP 2013).
Alana has a strong interest in gender and racial equality and chaired her Department’s successful Athena SWAN Bronze award. She is a member of a number of editorial and advisory boards and enjoys taking her research beyond the academy through various exhibitions, public engagement workshops, and media and theatre consultancies.
Andrew W.M. Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary History and Politics at the University of Chichester. His work focuses principally on the French and Francophone world with an interest in identities beyond the frame of the nation state. Recent articles have addressed minority nationalism, decolonization, the Second World War, and linguistic politics.
Andrew is the author of Terror and Terroir: The Winegrowers of the Languedoc and Modern France (Manchester University Press, September 2016), and editor (with Chris Jeppesen) of Britain, France and the Decolonization of Africa: Future Imperfect? (UCL Press, March 2017). As the Society’s Hon. Director of Communications, Andrew oversees RHS Newsletters and the Society’s blog, Historical Transactions.
Andrew Spicer is Professor of Early Modern European History at Oxford Brookes University. He completed his doctorate at the University of Southampton on exiles from France and the Southern Netherlands in the late sixteenth century. As one of two Literary Directors, Andrew oversees RHS publications and is the editor of the Society’s journal, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society.
Andrew has published widely on early modern immigrant communities, as well as nineteenth-century interest in the Huguenots. His more recent work has focused on the socio-cultural impact of the Reformation, particularly sacred space, art & architecture, and the material culture & setting of worship. He is an editor of the Ecclesiastical History Society’s Studies in Church History series. Besides Calvinist Churches in Early Modern Europe (Manchester, 2007), he has published a number of edited volumes, most recently Parish Churches in the Early Modern World (Farnham, 2016). He is currently completing a monograph entitled Conflict and the Religious Landscape: Cambrai and the Southern Netherlands, c. 1566–1621 to be published by Brill.
Richard Toye is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is an historian of Britain in its global and imperial context in the period from the late nineteenth century to the present. As one of two Literary Directors, Andrew oversees RHS publications and is the editor of the Society’s journal, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society.
Richard is the author of a number of books on Winston Churchill, including Churchill’s Empire: The World That Made Him and the World He Made (Macmillan, 2010), The Roar of the Lion: The Untold Story of Churchill’s World War II Speeches (OUP, 2013), Winston Churchill. A Life in the News and The Churchill Myths (both 2020). He has also written books on persuasion in modern British politics, the history of the British Labour Party, and the Oxford Very Short Introduction to Rhetoric.