Are you someone who feels that the understanding of history has never been more keenly needed?  

Would you like to make a difference to the UK’s national centre for history at time of real and exciting change?  

Could you offer guidance and open doors for us? Then this could be the trustee role you are looking for, and we would love to hear from you.

About the IHR

The Institute for Historical Research (IHR) was founded in 1921 as an intellectual home for historians.  Since then it has grown into the UK’s national centre for history, with over 70 specialist seminar groups; a public and academic events programme attracting over 10,000 participants annually; a 200,000-volume research library with over 3,000 members; digital resources and publications; and a major post-doctoral fellowship programme.  

The IHR wants to widen its reach to include all those interested in history, to train the historians of the future, to lobby government to ensure that the study of history and the humanities is not side-lined in public policy, and to provide a voice for the profession. See our 2020-2025 strategy for more information.

The IHR Trust is looking for new Trustees who are passionate about history. Established in 1999, the IHR Trust’s objectives are to advance the education of the public in history, in particular by undertaking, promoting, and supporting historical research. Since its inception, it has done so by fundraising for the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), which is part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. 

Activities of the IHR Trust

As a Trustee you will help support fundraising for activities outlined in the IHR’s 2020-2025 strategy.   With the IHR celebrating its Centenary in 2021, the Trust will also play a pivotal role in helping the Institute in continuing to transform the support it provides historians for the coming century.    

If you feel that the understanding, promotion, and study of history have never been more keenly needed and that you can offer guidance and open doors for us, then we would like to hear from you.

We are especially interested in hearing from people with a background and experience in:

  • Income generation, Entrepreneurship, and/or Fundraising
  • Marketing or Communications
  • Government or Public Policy
  • Media including the dynamic use of social media

You will use these skills to help grow our income, widen our networks, and champion the importance of history and historians at this exciting time for the IHR. 

We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups and communities.

There are currently three vacancies.

Trustee meetings are held three times a year with ad hoc consultation as needed.  There is a finance committee and other committees may be established as needed.

UK Charity Trustees: additional information

  • The IHR is Central London (Bloomsbury) based
  • Trustees are unremunerated (travel expenses can be reimbursed)
  • Institute of Historical Research Trust Charity Number is 1077592

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to Annette Bullen at or write to: 

Annette Bullen, Head of IHR Centenary Campaign
School of Advanced Study
Senate House
Malet Street

For an informal discussion, please contact Annette Bullen either via email or call on +44 (0)20 7862 8798.  

The closing date for completed applications has now been extended to midnight on 20 April 2020.

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