Race, Ethnicity and Equality at the RHS

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

The 2018 Report 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.

Along with the two subsequent Roadmaps published in 2019 and 2020, the 2018 Report offers relevant, practical advice and guidance for academic historians on taking positive action to address and diminish barriers to equality in the discipline.

The Royal Historical Society continues to provide practical support where it’s most needed and impactful—often in partnership with organisations with shared aims. This work takes many forms, and continues to develop and evolve in response to circumstance. Further information on current projects is available here.

 

Click below for Society reports relating to race, ethnicity and equality (2018-22)

Recent blog posts on Race, Ethnicity and Equality

Teaching the early modern Islamic World

Teaching the early modern Islamic World

  In July 2022, Peter Good received one of two Jinty Nelson Teaching Awards given annually by the Royal Historical Society. In this post, for the Society's 'Teaching Portal', Peter reflects on his classroom practice, and how he seeks to communicate the histories...

Black at Sussex

Black at Sussex

  This latest post of our 'Writing Race' Series introduces 'Black at Sussex' a five-year project which reflects on the history of the Black experience at Sussex University since its foundation in 1961. The project, which launched this autumn, sees Sussex...

The Partition of British India: 75 Years On

The Partition of British India: 75 Years On

  On 1 November, the Society hosted its annual Public History Lecture, in association with Gresham College. We were delighted to welcome the BBC journalist and broadcaster, Kavita Puri, to give this year's lecture on the subject of 'The Partition of British...

Deconstructing Empire: Co-Producing with Young People

Deconstructing Empire: Co-Producing with Young People

  'We wanted to create a space where people could speak their truths, they could feel they were representing themselves.'  - Poet in the City Producer, 2018 In this latest post in the 'Writing Race' series, Sarisha Kumar, Head of Talent at Poet in the City,...

What is History For? 2: activism and historical imagination

What is History For? 2: activism and historical imagination

    In this second post in the 'What is History For?' series, Tionne Parris considers the examples set by mid-20th-century Black radical women in their struggle for change. How might historical study of their engagement with, and framing of, activism shape...