The Institute of Historical Research hosts annual a Practitioner in Residence who is interested in working collaboratively with historians.

The IHR is particularly keen to support a practitioner with interests in areas such as heritage, film, television and radio, historical fiction, digital content development, podcasting, music, and other creative arts. The practitioner will receive a stipend of £1,000 per month and will be supported to develop their own practice, explore connections with history and historians, and share their work with different audiences. The residency will include the opportunity for an IHR event focused on the appointee’s practice. 

The Practitioner in Residence will have full access to the Institute’s research culture and infrastructure including the Wohl Library, digital resources such as British History Online, its many academic seminars, multiple workshops and conferences, and a range of on-going research projects and academics. They will receive mentoring and intellectual support from the Institute’s staff. The Residency also offers access to the other Senate House Libraries, and to the full range of the School of Advanced Study’s intellectual environment including access to the Fellows’ Room. The practitioner will be supported to develop their own practice, explore connections and share their work with different audiences.

The residency in the IHR forms part of the wider School of Advanced Study Practitioner in Residence programme, which aims to build a community of practitioners who will interact and provide peer-to-peer mentoring amongst the cohort. It is anticipated that the practitioner will participate in and contribute to the academic life of the Institute and the School. 

Applications for 2023 are now closed.

2023 Practitioner in Residence

The IHR is pleased to announce that the 2023 2023 Practitioner in Residence is Adam Knight.

Adam Knight is an artist and Tutor (Research) at the Roya College of Art (RCA) on the Graduate Diploma in Art & Design. He teaches across art and design specialisms with a focus on fine art practice.

Adam studied for a BA in Fine Art at Kent Institute of Art and Design, before going on to complete his MA in Print at the RCA in 2007. He holds a postgraduate qualification in Teaching and Learning in the Creative Arts and has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2010. He returned to the RCA in 2014 to undertake a practice-led research degree in Fine Art. Adam has previously taught at Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication, Hong Kong Design Institute, MITID Pune, Leeds Beckett, Bath Spa and the University for the Creative Arts.

Adam has exhibited, broadcast, published and screened works widely, including Kunsthalle, Rostock; Museu de Cidade; Lisbon, Whitechapel Gallery and Cashmere Radio in Berlin. He has lived and worked internationally participating in residences at CheLA, Buenos Aires; The Watch, Berlin; ESXLA, Los Angeles; A-Z West, Joshua Tree; Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht; Atelier Salzamt, Linz and ACC Galerie, Weimar. 

Past Practitioners in Residence

2022 | Sue Horth | Executive Producer

In April 2022 Sue Horth was appointed the first practitioner in residence at the IHR.

Sue Horth is a BAFTA-winning Executive Producer, has made some of the most exciting history-based and factual drama on television in recent years, from ‘Damilola, Our Loved Boy’ to ’37 Days’, exploring the lead-up to the First World War. 

During her time at the IHR Sue kept a diary of her experiences which can be read on the On History Blog and Talking Humanities Blog.

Sue was also involved in a number of events and celebrations during her residency including: