Professional Engagement

Plaque depicting a pottery workshop, ca. 1882, R. W. Martin and Brothers, , Southall, London. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, public domain


The RHS has long provided training and support, especially for post-graduate researchers and historians at the start of their career. From 2021, we are dedicating greater attention to providing advice, guidance and networking opportunities regarding professional engagement and development.

Our programme will include a regular series of training workshops looking at specific aspects of careers in History. This programme, while focused on the important early career years, will also offer support for later career stages; and — crucially — in opportunities beyond HE by bringing together the Society’s broad membership drawn from heritage, libraries and archives, broadcasting and publishing (to name a few) as well as academia.

Vacancy: Secretary for Professional Engagement

To support this work on the RHS Council, applications are invited for a Secretary of Professional Engagement. This will be a new position on its Council, the Society’s governing body which currently comprises a total of 22 Officers and Councillors who are trustees of the RHS.

The new post — Secretary for Professional Engagement — will sit as an Officer on Council and attend Council meetings. The new Secretary for Professional Engagement will take up the post from 1 January 2022.

The appointment is for a two-year term, with possibility of renewal up to four years, and is part of a review of the Society’s governance to focus on areas of key importance to the discipline at this time. Applicants must be Fellows of the Royal Historical Society. Further details are available here. Closing date: Friday 24 September 2021.

Training and skills workshops

In July 2021 the RHS began a new series of workshops providing skills training and advice networks in key areas of professional development.

Workshops will run three times a year and will focus on practices within the categories of ‘Researching’, ‘Teaching’, ‘Communicating’ and ‘Publishing’ History, and ‘Developing your Career in History’ for those looking to work outside of academia, as within HE, and for those interested in moving between the two.

RHS Workshops are free and open to all. Recordings of online events will be made available, along with an accompanying blog and guides to Further Resources.

Details of the initial Workshops are below, with further details to follow as the programme develops. Ideas for sessions, and offers to take part, are warmly welcomed: please contact