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 2021-22, we are dedicating greater attention to providing advice, guidance and networking opportunities regarding professional engagement and development. This programme is being led by Professor Julian Wright (Northumbria), the Society’s recently appointed Secretary for Professional Engagement.

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.

Training and skills workshops for historians

In July 2021 the RHS began a new series of workshops providing skills training and advice networks in key areas of professional development. Initial sessions have focused on training for early career historians, though from late 2022 workshops will also address questions relating to mid- and later career development.

Workshops run three times a year and 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.

Our next workshop (Thursday 14 July 2022) considers ‘Working with History outside HE: a Guide to Professions beyond Academia’, with specialists from the heritage, publishing and archive sectors,

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