Essex House, scene of the foundation of the Survey of London
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A profession requires both individual practitioners and institutions through which they can collaborate. It was the establishment of a plethora of the latter in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that marked the emergence of the discipline of history in a recognisably modern form.
These included professional bodies (the Royal Historical Society, the Historical Association), centres of research, teaching and learning (such as the Institute of Historical Research itself) and long-running projects (the Victoria County History). The journals section of this website also has parallel examples of this phenomenon.
A major contribution has also been made by organisations with a remit other than history, such as the British Library, while the sub-disciplines which have gradually emerged have produced their own highly significant bodies (of which perhaps the first was the Economic History Society).
The list below is 'of course' only a selection (reflective of the interests and of the sometimes limited knowledge of those behind Making History). It should best be viewed as a starting point for further additions as well as debate. Suggestions and feedback would be welcomed.