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

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...

Teaching Black and South Asian British Histories

Teaching Black and South Asian British Histories

In the current political juncture, we are witnessing wide-ranging calls to decolonise the curriculum. Many are now campaigning to ensure that history teaching within the UK incorporates histories of British imperialism and, more specifically, Black British History....

Teaching World History

Teaching World History

What does world history look like if you approach it through a BA History programme focused on the histories of Asia, Africa and the Middle East? What are the challenges of introducing such an approach to students who have, up until they join the programme, largely...

RHS Race, Ethnicity and Equality Roadmap for Change II

RHS Race, Ethnicity and Equality Roadmap for Change II

Header Image: The sculpture "A Surge of Power (Jen Reid)" by British artist Marc Quinn stands on the plinth in Bristol where the statue of the seventeenth-century merchant and slave-trader Edward Colston had been since 1895. The statue of Colston was removed by...