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

Race, Prostitution and the British Empire

Race, Prostitution and the British Empire

In what ways did colonialism redefine and enforce concepts of sexual behaviour, and how do historians best recover the lives of those affected? In this fifth post of the RHS ‘Writing Race’ blog series, Sudeshna Chatterjee introduces her research on the governance of...

Why Public History matters for a multi-ethnic Britain

Why Public History matters for a multi-ethnic Britain

How might we address limitations in the teaching of empire, and how do we raise awareness of marginalised individuals omitted from prevailing narratives? In this third post for our new 'Writing Race' blog series, Serena Cheyenne -- a recent MA graduate in Public...

Ethics, White Scholars and the History of Race in Modern Britain

Ethics, White Scholars and the History of Race in Modern Britain

How can researchers work sensitively with recent oral histories, particularly when the interviews they are using are not their own? In this post for our new Writing Race blog series, Jessica White reflects on some of the ethical questions she has encountered as a...

Teaching with BME Students

Teaching with BME Students

The cohort of students who study History at SOAS is one of the most diverse in the UK but the findings of the RHS’s Race and Equality Report have been highly pertinent to departmental discussions about inclusive pedagogy. Dr Eleanor Newbigin, Senior Lecturer in the...