The Bibliography of British and Irish History seeks to appoint 4 Section Editors with research and/or teaching expertise in the following areas: 

  • Roman Britain 
  • Britain, 1815-1914 
  • Medieval Wales
  • Empire and Commonwealth, prior to 1783 

Section Editors play a vital role in the Bibliography’s editorial process. They provide specialist advice on new content that has been prepared by the BBIH Editor (based at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR)), by chronology, region, and subject. 

We anticipate that these roles might be of interest to PhD students, early and mid-career academics and independent researchers. We are happy to receive applications from individuals at different career stages. 

Ideally, successful candidates will be able to take up the position before 1 May 2022. 

The closing date for applications is 11.59 GMT on Friday 25 March 2022 


About the Bibliography of British and Irish History 

This is an exciting opportunity to get involved with an internationally recognised resource for historical scholarship, learn new editorial skills, as well as stay informed of the latest academic developments in your research and/or teaching field.  

BBIH is the largest and most comprehensive guide available to what has been written about British and Irish history, from the early 1900s to the present. The Bibliography covers the history of the British Isles, the former empire and Commonwealth, the British world, and Britons’ activities on the global stage. 

It is an essential resource for study, research, and teaching, providing up-to-date information (and links) on over 633,000 history books, articles, chapters, edited collections, and theses. New records are added in three annual updates, with c.10,000 new publications added each year. These records are searchable by a wide range of facets including: title, author, chronology, date and form of publication, historical topic, and geographical region.  

The Bibliography is a research project of the UK’s Institute of Historical Research and the Royal Historical Society (RHS), and is published by Brepols. 


About the Section Editor roles 

Responsibilities of the Section Editors include: 

  • Assessing, correcting and/or amending records for new books, articles, chapters, edited collections, and theses relevant to your section (4 per year) 
  • Recommending new books, articles, chapters, edited collections, and theses relevant to your section 
  • Collaborating with the BBIH editor to help promote the Bibliography on social media (e.g., guest posts for the IHR’s digital magazine On History) and through your wider academic networks. 

The positions attract an annual honorarium.  

Successful candidates will be fully supported by the outgoing Section Editors, the Academic Director and BBIH Editor. The successful candidates will have a six-month trial period before committing to take on their positions. 

How to apply 

Please apply via the Royal Historical Society’s applications portal (You will be asked to create an account or to login as an applicant if you already have an account). 

Those interested in making an application for one of the Section Editor posts should send: 

  • a CV (no more than 3 pages) 
  • a summary of 200-250 words outlining their interest in the Bibliography 
  • Please make this clear in your application which Section Editor position you are interested in. 


Informal enquiries about the role, including honorarium payments, can be made to: Professor Roey Sweet, Academic Director ( 

Questions about the application process may be sent 


Deadline for applications: 11:59PM, Friday 25 March 2022