Are you an early-career researcher / practitioner who would like to help shape the CHPPC at the Institute of Historical Research, and help us include more diverse voices and perspectives?

We’re looking for two early-career representatives to join the Advisory Board for our new Centre for the History of People, Place and Community.

We particularly welcome applications from historians – working in any context – under-represented groups, including those from minoritized ethnic groups, as well as disabled people and LGBTQ+ people, and those who are ‘first generation’ in Higher Education.

About the Centre
The Centre brings together the IHR’s long-standing expertise in local history, and in urban and metropolitan history, with an emphasis on inter-disciplinary approaches, engaged and participatory research, and innovative or practice-led methods.

You can read more about the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community on the IHR website, or follow us on Twitter @CHPPC_IHR for regular news and updates. (You can also follow the Twitter accounts of our projects @VCH_London and @LayersofLondon.)

We are especially keen to connect with new collaborators, open up our work to new participants, and ensure we are thinking about diversity and inclusion in our activities: from research projects and seminars through to public engagement and co-creation.

About the Advisory Board
The Advisory Board helps the Centre shape its strategy and activities, and supports its outward-looking focus, making connections and starting conversations across academia and beyond. Currently, the Advisory Board members are:

  • David Barker, Senior Lecturer in Publishing, University of Derby; formerly at Bloomsbury Academic and Continuum
  • John Cattell, National Head of Research, Historic England
  • Matthew Davies, Professor of Urban History and Executive Dean, School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Michael Eades, Head of Civic Engagement, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Sara Huws, Civic Engagement at Cardiff University Libraries and Archives; broadcaster; Co-founder, East End Women’s Museum
  • David Killingray, Chair of the Trustees, British Association for Local History; Emeritus Professor of Modern History, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Nayan Kulkarni, Artist
  • Keith Lilley, Professor in the School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast; Chair, Historic Towns Trust
  • Leanne O’Boyle, Head of Cultural and Visitor Strategy, City of London Corporation
  • Neil Redfern, Executive Director, Council for British Archaeology
  • Roey Sweet, Professor of Urban History, University of Leicester

Our current ECR Advisory Board members, now stepping down, are:

  • Katie Bridger, formerly Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester, now Programme Officer, ‘Revitalising Redesdale’
  • Henry Irving, Leeds Beckett University
  • Charlotte Tomlinson, School of History, University of Leeds

About the roles
We are seeking two early-career representatives to join the Advisory Board for a two-year term. We hope this will present a positive service and career-development opportunity.

Our 2019-21 ECR Advisory Board member, Charlotte Tomlinson, says:

‘It’s been such a pleasure to sit on the advisory board of the CHPPC for the past two years, and contribute something towards the brilliant range of projects and partnerships that the Centre has been a part of. For me, the best thing about being on the board has been connecting with such a diverse set of people and projects, all working on themes of people, place and the past, but from a real range of perspectives – I look forward to keeping in touch with them and potentially working together in the future.’.

Membership of the Board will involve attending two meetings (one in each year of your tenure). These meetings are currently online; if they revert to in-person then they will be held at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, central London. You must be available to attend the online Advisory Board meeting at 10.30am on Tuesday 25 January 2022. There is no fee for members of the Advisory Board, but the IHR will pay all reasonable expenses incurred travelling to meetings.

How to apply
If you are interested in this Advisory Board role, please apply by 23.59 on Friday 3 December, 2021. You should send a short email to, with the subject line ‘EC AB application’, including the following information:

  1. Your name, contact details and current or most recent institutional affiliation (this does not need to be a university).
  2. A statement (maximum 100 words) explaining why you consider yourself to be ‘early career’ (we have no fixed eligibility criteria).

If you wish, you can also tell us if you identify as belonging to any of the under-represented groups mentioned above. This information will be kept confidential.

  1. A statement (maximum 400 words) explaining why you would be interested in the Advisory Board role. This should include detail of any relevant interests or experience (academic or otherwise).
  2. Confirmation that you are able to attend the Advisory Board meeting at10.30am on Tuesday 25 January 2022.

Thank you for your interest.