Émigré historians (both those who were born abroad but worked in this country, or Britons who have plied their trade abroad) have been a significant feature of in the story of history in this country. The former category encompasses some of the most distinguished members of the British historical, from early immigrants who came by choice (Vinogradoff, Namier), to grown academics fleeing the Nazi regime (Pevsner) to those born abroad who received their univeristy education in Britain (Elton). The influence of émigrés can be seen to have transformed the study of art history in this country with the arrival of Aby Warburg, his circle, and his library. Historians have also come to Britain from the United States and the Commonwealth.
The latter group encompasses figures such as John Elliott and Lawrence Stone, though it is worth noting that Elliott returned following a couple of decades at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, showing these emigrations/immigrations are not necessarily permanent. Most recently another wave of emigrants from Britain has included Brewer, Cannadine, Colley, Ferguson and Schama.