We’ve recently created and published a new Catalogue for the papers of George W. Prothero (1848-1922), historian, literary editor and President of the RHS between 1901 and 1905. Here we introduce the collection, the largest in the RHS archive, with highlights and images from Prothero’s correspondence and professional papers.
In this final post of 2021 we mark 5 years since the creation of ‘New Historical Perspectives’, the Society’s Open Access book series for early career historians. Here we invite four people involved with the Series – two series editors (past and present), a publisher and an author – to comment on their experience of NHP between 2016 and 2021.
Changes to the Society’s membership structure see the introduction of new Associate Fellowship and Postgraduate categories. From now, there will be four ways to be part of the Royal Historical Society: as a Fellow, an Associate Fellow, a Postgraduate or a Member. This post explains these changes which were announced at the Society’s AGM, held on 26 November 2021.
In this post, Dr Alexandra Hughes-Johnson and Dr Lyndsey Jenkins introduce their new, edited collection, ‘The Politics of Women’s Suffrage. Local, National and International Dimensions’: the tenth title in the RHS’s ‘New Historical Perspectives’ book series, published by University of London Press. The collection shows how women encountered and battled a hostile political climate, but pushed forward with determination, skill, tenacity and optimism: resonating with the renewed interest in women’s history and feminist politics today.
Published on 9 November, the latest volume in the RHS Camden Series is ‘British Financial Diplomacy with North America, 1944-46. The Diary of Frederic Harmer and the Washington Reports of Robert Brand’. Here, the volume’s editor, Michael F. Hopkins, introduces the wartime careers of Harmer, a close aide to John Maynard Keynes, and Brand, head of the Treasury team at the British embassy in Washington. Both sources vividly convey the priorities and tactics in post-war British financial diplomacy – together with acute observations on broader Anglo-American relations.
In this post Professor Emma Griffin—President of the Royal Historical Society—considers recent cuts at UK History departments and the current defence of History and historians at Goldsmiths, University of London. 2021 has proved a year of considerable turmoil for academic History, with closures and staffing reductions at a number of institutions: how do we best prepare for the year ahead?
Dr Heidi Egginton and Dr Zoë Thomas introduce their new, edited collection: ‘Precarious Professionals: Gender, Identities and Social Change in Modern Britain’ — the latest title in the RHS’s ‘New Historical Perspectives’ book series. The collection, available as a free Open Access edition, expands conceptions of professional identity for different women and men in the past and shows how working lives might be more equitably reimagined in the future.
How should historians engage with the source materials that record and communicate empire from the perspective of imperial rule? Are there ways of working with sources that enable researchers to free themselves from the intellectual constraints imposed by historical imagery and its categorisation? Maria Creech explores her methodological approach to ‘unlearning’ imperialism.
In August of this year, the Society organised its first ‘positive action’ workshop for early-career historians of colour. The initiative was led by the RHS’s Race, Ethnicity and Equality Working Group which was responsible for the RHS’s Race Report (2018). Here, Dr Diya Gupta and Dr Jonathan Saha explain the motivations for the workshop, and reflect on the outcomes of what’s hoped will be the first in a programme of focused training events.
Earlier this year, historians at Aston University faced the threat of programme and department closures. Here Dr Ilaria Scaglia recounts her response and that of the wider community. Though prompted by crisis, forceful advocacy for programmes can, Ilaria argues, foster greater appreciation of history’s value and of mutual support between historians, teachers and students.
In the eleventh post for our ‘Writing Race’ series, Dr Amber Lascelles introduces the Black Health and the Humanities project at the University of Bristol. The project sits at the intersection of Black humanities and medical humanities, and brings together scholars whose research intervenes in Black health across a range of disciplines, including history, art, sociology, law, literature, media and theatre.
The Royal Historical Society invites applications from RHS Fellows for four posts central to the Society’s governance and development as a learned society. Two are Officer roles on Council, the Society’s governing body: Honorary Secretary and Secretary for Professional Engagement. Two are new Editor roles to oversee the academic development of the Society’s journal, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society.