The IHR Redevelopment Campaign

The IHR has always been dependent upon philanthropic donations, having raised £20,000 from its headquarters in a series of huts in Malet Street in order to establish the Institute on the future site of the University of London, where it remains to this day. We are no less reliant on private support now. As public spending on universities continues to fall, we are looking increasingly to new sources of income generation and additional donor support to guarantee our sustainability.  Our current business plan sees us becoming less reliant on government funding by 2018 and achieving significant increases in our income from events, membership, tuition, consultancy fees, service subscriptions and research project overheads. But in order to reach the stage where we can achieve all of this, we need your support now.

On this page you will find information about specific projects requiring support, with different projects featured from time to time. In addition, unrestricted gifts, and donations of all sizes to the Annual Fund are incredibly helpful and most welcome. All donations receive an extra 50% funding from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation challenge grant.

If you would like to hear a special message from me about the campaign, please click here. You can donate online here and please do not hesitate to contact the Development Office if you would like any further information.


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Professor Miles Taylor, Director


Our library is a national treasure comprising 200,000 volumes, much of which is available through British History Online.

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The IHR hosts over 60 seminars on a wide range of topics. Modest gifts can make a tremendous difference in this area.

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