Professional Engagement


The Royal Historical Society has long provided training and support, especially for post-graduate researchers and historians at the start of their career.

Since 2022, we have dedicated greater attention to providing advice, guidance and networking opportunities for historians at all career stages.

Training Workshops for Professional Development

The Society’s events programme includes a regular series of training workshops looking at specific aspects of careers in History. Forthcoming events in 2023 include:

Previous training and career development sessions are available to watch via our Events Archive. These include:

Mid-Career Conversations for Historians

Starting in February 2023, ‘Mid-Career Conversations for Historians’ provide opportunities for historians in UK HE, who are members of the RHS, to meet and discuss topics of particular relevance to them at mid-career. The programme builds on the Society’s existing work for early career researchers, and follows a series of focus groups — held in 2022 — to consider how we also support colleagues further along in their professional lives.

Topics covered in Conversations between February and November 2023 include: being a historian in a non-History department; starting a new research project at mid-career; ‘becoming a mentor for departmental colleagues’; ‘engaging with other disciplines in your research and teaching’; and ‘undertaking public history and impact’.


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