by Peter Salt
We are delighted to announce that Professor Stephen Taylor of the University of Reading has taken over as Academic Editor of BBIH. His research focuses on the political and religious history of England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and his work with online databases has included The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835 and British State Prayers, Fasts and Thanksgivings, 1540s to 1940s; he also worked on the Royal Historical Society Annual Bibliographies of British and Irish History and on the Royal Historical Society Bibliography on CD-ROM which formed the foundation of the present database. Our previous Academic Editor, Dr Ian Archer, worked on the Bibliography for eleven years, and oversaw both the launch of the online Royal Historical Society Bibliography in 2002 and the transition to the new Bibliography of British and Irish History at the end of 2009. He will continue to act as a Literary Director of the RHS, and also as the early modern Section Editor of the Bibliography.