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Research institutes and seminars

Institute of Historical Research (IHR)

  • Address: Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
  • Director: Professor Lawrence Goldman PhD (Cantab.), FRHS
  • Institute Administrator: Alex Bussey, BA (UCL), MA (London)
  • Head of Publications & Executive Editor of Historical Research: Jane Winters, MA, Ph.D. (Lond.).
  • Development Officer: Michelle Waterman, BA, BS (Connecticut), MA (Lond.)
  • Librarian: Kate Wilcox, BA (York), MSc (City)
  • Research Training Officer: Simon Trafford, BA, MA, D.Phil. (York)

Centre for Metropolitan History

  • Director: Matthew Davies, MA, D.Phil. (Oxon.)
  • Administrative & Research Assistant: Olwen Myhill, BA (Birmingham), Dip.RSA.
  • Research projects of the Centre include:
    • Mapping London
    • Records of London's Livery Companies Online (ROLLCO)

Victoria History of the Counties of England

  • Director and General Editor: Professor Richard Hoyle, BA (Birmingham), DPhil (Oxon.), FAcSS, FRHist.Soc 
  • VCH Consultant: Alan T. Thacker, BA, D.Phil. (Oxon.), FSA
  • Historic Environment Research Manager: Matthew Bristow, BA, MA (Leicester)

The Institute is the University of London’s centre for postgraduate study in history. Its library collects printed primary sources, bibliographies, guides to archives, periodicals and reference works covering the history of Western Europe and its expansion overseas from the fall of the Roman Empire. Its common room, training courses, seminars and conferences make it a regular meeting place for historians of most periods and parts of the world. Its programme of research and publications includes the long-established Victoria County History (approximately four-fifths of which is supported by local authorities, other universities and colleges, and other bodies),  and the Centre for Metropolitan History, which is also mainly dependent on external sources of funding.

Hours of Opening:

The Institute is open from 9 a.m. to 8.45 p.m. each day from Monday to Friday and from 9.30 a.m. to 5.15 p.m. on Saturdays.

Admission to the Institute:

Admission is normally confined to graduates (in any subject) who are engaged in historical research, and is granted free of charge to members of academic and related staff and postgraduate students at institu¬tions of higher education in the United Kingdom and European Union. Admission may be granted on payment of a fee to persons engaged in historical research, but who do not qualify for free admission as described above. This may be on an institutional basis through the Annual Payments Scheme, which allows access for academic and related staff and postgraduate students of non-EU higher education institutions, or on an individual basis through the Friends of the IHR. Further enquiries about admission should be directed to the IHR reception, telephone 020 7862 8740 or via email to

Members of the public may be admitted as library visitors to consult works not otherwise available in London. Final-year undergraduates may be admitted at the discretion of the Librarian if their supervisor provides a letter showing that they have a special need to use the IHR’s collections. For further enquiries about admittance to the IHR Library, please contact the Duty Librarian on 020 7862 8760 or via email to

Training Courses at the IHR

The Institute of Historical Research runs a number of training courses for postgraduate students and researchers. Please see the Research Training section of the IHR website for details.

Digital Resources

History on the Internet

The IHR website provides information about the huge range of services offered by the IHR, including conferences, seminars, the library, fellowships and student opportunities. It also acts as a bulletin board for the history profession in the UK, with information about conferences and events held throughout the country and beyond. In addition, the main IHR site, and those of the IHR research centres, offer access to a wide range of digital resources, from journals to directories of historical research in UK universities, from catalogues of websites for history to high quality learning and teaching materials.

For more information contact the Website Manager,

History On-Line

This innovative project provides high-quality information resources for the teaching and learning of history, with support from UK academic publishers. The online database currently holds over 40,000 records providing details of books and articles, UK university lecturers, UK current and past research, and evaluated links to websites and online resources.

For more information contact the Website Manager,

Reviews in History

Reviews in History is an electronic publication which reviews and reappraises significant work in all fields of historical interest, covering the principal areas of the subject as taught in institutions of higher education. Reviews covers publications ranging in time from the middle ages to date, and gives authors a right of response.

For more information contact the Deputy Editor,

Royal Historical Society Bibliography of British and Irish History

The Royal Historical Society Bibliography, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board and hosted by the Institute of Historical Research, is an authoritative guide to writing on British and Irish history from the Roman period to the present day. The database contains over 420,000 entries, including articles in journals and collective volumes, which can be searched by author, by publication details, by subject or by period covered. The RHS Bibliography is an essential resource for the study of British and Irish history at any level.

For more information contact

British History Online

British History Online is a digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and early modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, it supports academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research.

The Victoria County History online

Consists of a national website – – and several other interrelated websites. It provides information about the VCH, its research and its publications. In addition many counties where VCH work is continuing have their own dedicated local history sites. The VCH has a policy to make draft text available wherever possible on these county sites.

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