Institute of Historical Research

Looking to the future

In 2011 the IHR marked its 90th birthday with a series of events based on other notable milestones of 1921. In that year the first PhDs in history were awarded in the UK; Marie Stopes opened her first birth control clinic; Asa Briggs, one of the UK’s most distinguished historians, was born; as was the Duke of Edinburgh.

History PhD image (Copyright: iStock images)Birth Clinic image (Copyright: Wellcome Trust)Asa Briggs image (Copyright: University of Sussex)Princes Consort image

The Institute's digital presence has also continued to grow, with two of the most notable new projects being History SPOT, our podcast and research training portal, and VCH Explore, culmination of the England's Past for Everyone project.

Screenshot from History SPOTScreenshot from VCH Explore

The IHR is currently temporarily housed on the third floor of the South Block of Senate House, and we have recently received confirmation that the University has now approved our plans for refurbishing the Institute in its current home. When we return in 2013 it will be to an IHR on six floors, with expanded and advanced teaching and events space including a 140-seater lecture theatre and a new reading room. Thus this institution with its impressive past should be able to look forward to a great future...

New temporary IHR libraryIHR sign