About us

The Institute of Historical Research was founded in 1921 and is one of eight institutes that comprise the University of London's School of Advanced Study. The IHR is dedicated to training the next generation of historians, and to producing and facilitating ambitious, innovative historical research.

The Institute helps foster public understanding of history and its social, cultural, and economic importance, advocating for the long-term future of the discipline and supporting its growth and development. It offers a wide range of services both onsite and remotely that facilitate excellence in historical research, teaching and scholarship in the UK, through our library, events programmes, fellowships, training and publications

The IHR is a leading centre for the creation of digital resources for historians, promotes the study of people and locality through the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community and engages policy makers with history through its History & Policy network