18 September 2014, 1.30 - 5.00pm

Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL

Event Programme



Professor Mark Cornwall

"Traitors and the Meaning of Treason in Austria-Hungary's Great War"

Friday 26 September 2014 at 6.00pm

Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL

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The Society has drawn up this Code of Good Practice in close consultation with the IHR's History Lab Plus, which has formally endorsed it, as has History UK.​ The Code is based on the results of a survey of over 200 postdocs and research students, which showed that a few simple things, such as being included on email lists and invited to seminars, could make a big difference to the experience and morale of temporary teachers.  We are encouraging all HE employers of temporary history staff to follow its guidelines.  

Code of Good Practice








18 September 2014

1.30 - 5.00pm, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL

Following the RHS Gender Survey for historians working in Higher Education, we are now analysing the responses with a view to making recommendations to improve gender equality in the sector. To help achieve this, we are holding a special RHS seminar to discuss the survey's findings and the key issues it identifies. Most of the afternoon will be devoted to workshops which will discuss the policy recommendations. These discussions will then form the report..

Event Programme

The seminar is free, but space is limited and it is important to book your place in advance. Please click on the Eventbrite link to reserve your place:


The Society is pleased to announce the winners of its publication and essay prizes for 2013


Full details of winners and proxime


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


The Society's reponse to the HEFCE consultation on the

use of Metrics in the next REF


The Society intends to issue in the autumn an information sheet on Open Access policy for the next REF, to parallel the one already posted here on RCUK's Open Access policy. IN the meantime, for an update on Open Access policies, please see Peter Mandler's article 'Open Access: A Perspective from the Humanities' in Insights, July 2014, available (on Open Access!) at


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


We welcome all enquiries for membership from those with a commitment to the serious study of the past. The Society promotes discussion of history by means of a full programme of public lectures and disseminates the results of historical research and debate through its many publications. It also speaks for the interests of history and historians. We also offer grants to postgraduate students to support research training and prizes for historical publications. The Society produces, in conjunction with the Institute of Historical Research, the Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH), a database of over 534,000 records, by far the most complete online bibliographical resource on British and Irish history, including relations with the empire and the Commonwealth.


These web pages last updated Tuesday 16 September 2014