In 2018, as part of the commemoration of the Royal Historical Society’s 150th Anniversary, we established Historical Transactions, an open-access online blog. The aim was to complement our traditional forms of History publication, publicise the work of the Society and showcase the research and ideas of our Fellows, Members, and other historians. The blog now has a new editor, and we would like to hear from you!
In particular, we are interested in proposals for blog posts that fit with the following themes:
- Beyond this Day – We are all familiar with the idea of “on this day in history”. But what counter-narratives lie behind major (or minor) historical events? Does your perspective, or a source that you are working on (e.g. a letter, a speech, a record of an event) offer a new way of approaching a familiar story or shed new light on our knowledge of larger historical forces? This new series of posts will provide informed, scholarly commentary on historic events, and we are keen to hear about ideas for pieces to be published on the corresponding day.
- From the Archives – Have you found a document, image or object in the course of your work, research or study that you would like to bring to the attention of a wider historical public? We welcome short descriptions and analyses (accompanied by an image) of finds such as this, whether they are located in local, national or international repositories.
- Research in Progress – Do you have preliminary ideas or significant sources that you’d like to share ahead of (for example) a funding application or book proposal submission? Are you embarking on a new project that has innovative methodological or interdisciplinary aspects?
- Historians in/on the News – Can you offer an informed opinion on a current topic? Has your research been used in a radio or television programme that our readers would be interested to hear about? Is something related to your work happening in real time? If so, we can often work quickly to share your knowledge.
Who can contribute? We are interested in publishing engaging, accessible posts reflecting the full diversity of methodological approaches, personal perspectives, time periods and geographical focus within current historical research.
Subject to editorial approval and space, we welcome contributions from all active historians from final year undergraduates through retired or emeritus staff. Preference may be given to early career researchers who have received RHS funding and to Members and Fellows of the Society. We welcome contributions from outside as well as within the UK, and from scholars working in or beyond academic departments. The standard length of our blogs is c.500-1000 words, depending on topic and focus, and posts will be publicised via Twitter to over 20,000 followers.
If you are interested in writing for the Historical Transactions blog on any of these themes, or if you have any other ideas, please read the guidelines for contributors, and complete the short proposal form available here.