About the Historical Transactions blog

In 2018, as part of the commemoration of the Royal Historical Society’s 150th Anniversary, we established Historical Transactions, an open-access online blog. The aim was to complement our traditional forms of History publication, publicise the work of the Society and showcase the research and ideas of our Fellows, Members, and other historians.

The blog now provides an online space for the Royal Historical Society to share news and discussion about its work, and for historians to discuss their research, methodological ideas and reflections on history, in its widest sense.

Whether individual pieces are the result of invitation or a submitted proposal, we encourage engaging, accessible posts (of c.600-800 words) that reflect the full diversity of methodological approaches, personal perspectives, time periods and geographical focus within current historical research, teaching and professional practice.

Historians active in the full range of contexts–for example, cultural organisations, local history initiatives, the media and schools–are welcome to propose blog content, as are university-based students and staff. We welcome contributions from outside as well as within the UK, and from scholars working in or beyond academic departments.

All invitations and acceptances are subject to editorial approval and space and publication schedules may change at short notice. Preference may be given to early career researchers, those who have received RHS funding and to Members and Fellows of the Society.


We encourage readers to respond to published pieces. We embrace and respect the diversity of perspectives that come under the “history” banner but responses must be thoughtful and sensitive to individuals. We reserve the right to delete comments that use inappropriate or offensive language, name individuals, or make personal attacks.


The opinions expressed in the RHS Historical Transactions blog belong solely to the authors. They do not necessarily represent or reflect the opinions or views of other authors, the editors, the Royal Historical Society, its officers or its members.


If you are interested in writing for the Historical Transactions blog, or have an idea for a submission, please read the guidelines for contributors, and complete the short proposal form.

If you would like to contact us about an individual post, please email the Research and Communications Officer by email at rescommsofficer@royalhistsoc.org.