|The Historical Society|
The Royal Historical Society (RHistS), founded 1868, is a learned society of the United Kingdom which advances scholarly studies of history.
The society was founded and received its royal charter in 1868. Until 1872 it was known as the Historical Society. In 1897, it merged with (or absorbed) the Camden Society, founded in 1838. In its origins, and for many years afterwards, the society was effectively a gentlemen's club.
The society exists to promote historical research worldwide, representing historians engaged in professional research and presenting history in the public domain.
It provides a varied programme of lectures and one-day and two-day conferences covering various kinds of historical issues. It convenes in London and from time to time elsewhere throughout the United Kingdom. It is based at University College London.
The society's membership comprises honorary vice-presidents (management), fellows (entitled to use FRHistS, formerly FRHistSoc, as post-noms), who are elected, corresponding fellows, members and associates.
Its archives include many records of international as well as British history. The society encourages, promotes and sponsors (by way of grants) historical research, academic or otherwise. Publications include its monographic series Studies in History, its annual Transactions (first published as Transactions of the Historical Society, 1872), and the Camden Series of editions and translations of texts; as well as digital publications, such as the Bibliography of British and Irish History.
The presidents of the society have been:
- 1871–1872: George Grote
- 1873–1878: The Earl Russell
- 1878–1891: The Lord Aberdare
- 1891–1899: Sir Mountstuart Duff
- 1899–1901: Sir Adolphus Ward
- 1901–1905: Sir George Prothero
- 1905–1909: William Hunt
- 1909–1913: William Cunningham
- 1913–1917: Sir Charles Firth
- 1917–1921: Sir Charles Oman
- 1921–1925: Sir John Fortescue
- 1925–1929: Thomas Tout
- 1929–1933: Sir Richard Lodge
- 1933–1937: Sir Frederick Powicke
- 1937–1945: Sir Frank Stenton
- 1946–1949: Robert Seton-Watson
- 1949–1953: Theodore Plucknett
- 1953–1957: Hugh Hale Bellot
- 1957–1961: David Knowles
- 1961–1965: Sir Goronwy Edwards
- 1965–1969: Robin Humphreys
- 1969–1973: Sir Richard Southern
- 1973–1977: Sir Geoffrey Elton
- 1977–1981: Sir John Habakkuk
- 1981–1985: Sir James Holt
- 1985–1989: Gerald Aylmer
- 1989–1993: Francis Thompson
- 1993–1997: Sir Rees Davies
- 1997–2001: Peter James Marshall
- 2001–2005: Dame Janet Nelson
- 2005–2008: Martin Daunton
- 2009–2012: Colin Jones
- 2012–2016: Peter Mandler
- 2016–2020: Margot Finn
- 2020–Emma Griffin :
- Library of Congress authorities
- Taylor Milne 1968, p. 49n.
- "Membership". RHS. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
- "RHS Fellows and Members". RHS. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
- Vol. 1 ()–v. 10 (1882); new ser., v. 1 (1883)–new ser., v. 20 (1906); 3rd ser., v. 1 (1907)–3rd ser., v. 11 (1917); 4th ser., v. 1 (1918)–4th ser., v. 32 (1950); 5th ser., v. 1 (1951)–5th ser., 40 (1990); 6th ser., 1 (1991)– (British Library catalogue)
- https://royalhistsoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/rhspresidents.pdf[dead link]
- Taylor Milne, Alexander (1968). A Centenary Guide to the Publications of the Royal Historical Society 1868–1968, and of the former Camden Society 1838–1897. Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks. London: Royal Historical Society.