Wednesday 30 April 2014

"The Age of Anniversaries: The Cult of Commemoration 1905-1920"

University of East Anglia

Programme and registration information




Friday 9 May 2014

Dr Julia Lovell

"The Uses of Foreigners in Communist China"


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL

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The Royal Historical Society was founded in 1868 and remains the foremost society in Great Britain promoting and defending the scholarly study of the past. In these pages you can access full details of the wide and varied range of the Society's activities.


The Society is pleased to announce the shortlisted volumes for the 2013 Gladstone and Whitfield book prizes


Gladstone Prize Shortlist

Whitfield Prize Shortlist

"Tottering under the weight of knowledge", Atlanta Magazine (1888)


How do Children Learn History?

In this new programme for Radio 4 which airs at 8pm on Tuesday 15 April 2014, RHS Honorary Secretary Adam Smith goes into schools, talks to teachers and educationalists as well as to Michael Gove, to find out how primary school children in England learn about the past. For further information go to:


RHS Gender Survey

Many thanks to all those who have completed The RHS Gender Survey for historians working in HE. It is still not too late to do the survey if you haven't done so already. It only takes a few moments and will be of immense help to our research:

The RHS is holding a special afternoon seminar to discuss the findings of the survey on Thursday 18 September 2014 in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL. More details about the event will be circulated shortly.


Report from the seminar on Open Access licenses convened by the Wellcome Trust in association with the Society.


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These web pages last updated Wednesday 16 April 2014