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Royal Historical Society

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The Royal Historical Society (abbr. RHistS) is a learned society of the United Kingdom which advances scholarly studies of history.

Based at University College, London, it received a Royal Charter in 1868 and, since its merger in 1897, incorporates the Camden Society (founded 1838).[1]


The Royal Historical Society began and continued for many years akin to a gentlemen's club. It now exists to promote historical research worldwide, representing historians engaged in professional research and presenting history in the public domain.

The society 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.

The society's membership comprises honorary vice-presidents (management), fellows (entitled to use FRHistS or formerly F.R.Hist.Soc. as post-noms), corresponding fellows, members and associates.[2] Its archives at Senate House 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 and publishes via its monographic series Studies in History, its annual Transactions, or the Camden Series of editions and translations of texts, as well as digitally, such as the Bibliography of British and Irish History.

The society, in consultation with the Historical Association and with the History at Universities Defence Group,[3] liaises with HM Government and the British Library as well as the National Archives.



  • 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. 

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