Race, Ethnicity and Equality at the RHS

The Royal Historical Society (RHS) published its Race, Ethnicity and Equality in History report in October 2018. The report highlighted racial and ethnic inequalities in the teaching and practice of History in the UK.

It drew attention to the underrepresentation of ‘Black and Minority Ethnic’ (BME) students and staff in university History programmes, the substantial levels of race-based bias and discrimination experienced by such historians in UK universities, and the negative impact of narrow school and university curriculums on diversity and inclusion. The report, a key component of the Society’s 150th anniversary programme, was founded upon a year of research and a survey of over 700 university-based historians.

Today, the legacy of the 2018 report continues. Along with the two subsequent roadmaps published in 2019 and 2020, the report offers relevant, practical advice and guidance for academic historians on taking positive action to address and diminish barriers to equality in the discipline.

Find out more about the working group and its ongoing work on the RHS website.

This page provides links to:

  • Publications from the RHS on Race, Ethnicity and Equality
  • Useful Links and External Resources for historians
  • Writing Race – a new blog series of blog posts by the current Past & Present Fellow Dr Diya Gupta
  • Race Update – a blog series from 2019-2020 by former Past & Present Fellow Dr Shahmima Akhtar

Recent blog posts on Race, Ethnicity and Equality

Engaging with the ‘Un-Commemorated’ Past

Engaging with the ‘Un-Commemorated’ Past

  What does it mean to engage audiences with complex and traumatic histories of empire and war? And how might we engage with the ‘un-commemorated’, whose names have not appeared on the memorial landscape? Dr Diya Gupta (Royal Historical Society) and Dr Anna...

On ‘PASSING’: Shifting histories OF THE ANGLO-INDIAN COMMUNITY

On ‘PASSING’: Shifting histories OF THE ANGLO-INDIAN COMMUNITY

In the next in our 'Writing Race' series, Vishwajeet Deshmukh considers the history of racial 'passing' within India's Anglo-Indian community. Mixed-race descendants of European fathers and Indian mothers, members of the Anglo-Indian community are often studied in the...

Objects of Sovereignty: Thinking through Restitution

Objects of Sovereignty: Thinking through Restitution

There are currently many thousands of artefacts held in UK museums and other public collections. Devolving Restitution is a series of six workshops to explore the histories of African artefacts in local museums and heritage institutions, and to discuss their...

Charting Time and Visualising Race in Europe’s Enlightenment

Charting Time and Visualising Race in Europe’s Enlightenment

Welcome to the first in a new series of posts in the Royal Historical Society's 'Writing Race' series. To begin Series Two, Professor Bruce Buchan considers the prominence of race in Enlightenment thought, with reference to the work of the Scottish moral philosopher,...

Introducing ‘Writing Race’, Series Two

Introducing ‘Writing Race’, Series Two

In this post Dr Diya Gupta introduces Series Two of ‘Writing Race’, the Society's collection of essays on race and its relationship to history. 'Writing Race' began on the Society’s blog, Historical Transactions, in March 2021. As commissioning editor, Diya reflects...