goldmanThe School of Advanced Study, University of London is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Lawrence Goldman as the new Director of the Institute of Historical Research (IHR). He will take up the appointment on 1 October 2014, succeeding Professor Miles Taylor, the IHR’s Director since 2008.

‘I am delighted that such a distinguished scholar and so experienced a pair of hands, is succeeding me as Director’, said Professor Taylor, who is leaving the IHR to take up a Leverhulme Research Fellowship at University of York. ‘Professor Goldman will bring much that is new and preserve all that is essential to the life of the IHR as it heads towards its centenary in 2021’.

A Cambridge graduate and Oxford University historian, Professor Goldman has, since 2004, also edited the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, once the preserve of the great and good, but which now includes space for a broader spectrum of British public and artistic life. He is the author of The Life of R.H. Tawney, Science, Reform and Politics in Victorian Britain: The Social Science Association 1857–1886 and Dons and Workers: Oxford and Adult Education Since 1850 and editor of The Blind Victorian: Henry Fawcett and British Liberalism collection. His articles have appeared in several journals including the English Historical Review, Past and Present and The Historical Journal.

Professor Roger Kain CBE FBA, Dean and Chief Executive of the School, said ‘I am delighted that we have been able to obtain the services of Lawrence Goldman, an historian of world-renown, who will bring to the School and the IHR the benefit of his deep and broad experience of the management of his college and an internationally-significant long-term academic publishing project.’

Professor Goldman said he is honoured to be joining the School and the IHR in his new role as Director. ‘The Institute is central to the promotion of historical studies in the University of London and the United Kingdom more generally. I hope to build on the achievements of the many notable historians who have been Director before me, especially Professor Miles Taylor, my immediate predecessor, who has overseen the renovation and refurbishment of the Institute and developed an exciting programme of teaching and research.’

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2. The Institute of Historical Research (IHR), founded in 1921, is one of 10 member Institutes of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. It is home to two important research centres and a major open access library, hosts over 60 seminar series and offers doctoral supervision in a wide range of historical subjects. It has a substantial publishing programme, hosts a number of innovative digital research projects, administers fellowships, runs specialist research training programmes and organises a variety of conferences and workshops each year.

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