Derek Keene (1942-2021) was one of the leading figures in medieval and urban history over the past forty years. He was the founding director of the Centre for Metropolitan History at the IHR from 1988, and led the centre until 2002 when he became Professor of Comparative Metropolitan History. He remained at the IHR, ever active, until his retirement in 2008. 

Today, the legacy of the Centre is continued through the IHR's Centre for this History of People, Place and Community. Including initiatives such as our Summer School, our Masters programme and the annual Derek Keene Lecture on London History. 

In conjunction with the Keene family, you can donate to the IHR in memory of Derek by clicking on the button above.

Gifts will be used to support emerging and future historians of all backgrounds, a cause which was always close to Derek's heart.  

Thank you for helping to continue Derek's legacy.