The Institute until now
Founded in 1921, the Institute of Historical Research was initially conceived as a postgraduate school of Historical Research, dedicated to training the next generation of historians. It was to be home to experimental, ambitious and innovative research that would shape the discipline and open new ways of thinking. It had a mission to house primary records of the discipline, to publish high-quality outputs, and to disseminate historical knowledge in the public realm. In short, it was a neutral intellectual home, an advanced ‘history lab’, and an advocate for historians wherever they were to be found.
It is to its original purpose that the IHR should return, reinventing the substance of its mission for the 21st century. The unique combination of this mission, situated in an interdisciplinary space as part of the School of Advanced Study and owned by the discipline, with local expertise, a network of cross-sector partnerships, and a track-record in shaping historical studies over the past century, makes the IHR incomparable in the disciplinary research environment.