RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteem
Evidence of Esteem
Many members of the IHR staff are invited to attend conferences, to deliver public lectures, and to attend meetings, both in Britain and internationally. Here are some recent highlights. Clanchy has delivered named lectures in Kalamazoo, Toronto, New York University, University College Dublin and Edinburgh, and has also lectured at Vienna, Leicester, Cambridge and Leeds. Reynolds has taught at the Central European University in Budapest, given papers in Madrid, at Swarthmore College and Vanderbilt University, lectured at Goldsmiths College, at Oxford University, and in Warsaw, and delivered the plenary address to the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies in Sydney. Delano-Smith has lectured in Vienna, Barcelona and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Keene has given lectures and papers in New York, Paris, Bordeaux, Ghent, Venice and Rome. Cannadine has given wireless talks on „Class“ on Radio 4, presented seminar papers in many British universities, has lectured in Atlanta, Vancouver, Cambridge, Mass., and at the Huntington Library, and has delivered the Earl Lecture at Keele, the Esmee Fairbairn Lecture at Lancaster, the Beal-Russell Lecture at Baylor University, the Corcoran Lecture at Stanford, and the annual London Library Lecture. O’Brien has given seminar papers in Tokyo, Oxford and London, lectured in Kyoto and Brussels, delivered the plenary lecture to the fiftieth anniversary conference of the Japanese Association for Western History at Osaka, and spoke at the 150th anniversary conference of the Royal Dutch Economic Society in Amsterdam.
IHR staff are also involved in scholarly editorial work. Here is a representative selection. In addition to his activities as Editor of Historical Research and Reviews in History, Cannadine is Vice-Chairman of the Editorial Board of Past & Present, whose fiftieth anniversary conference he is organising at the IHR to be held as next summer’s Anglo-American Conference with the title „Re-Writing the Past“. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Rural History, Library History, Twentieth-Century British History, the Churchill Archive Digitisation project and Prospect Magazine; and he is the General Editor of the Penguin History of Britain and of the Penguin History of Europe. Among other IHR staff, Greenway is one of the General Editors of the Oxford Medieval Texts, Thacker is co-editor of Early Medieval Europe, Delano-Smith is editor of Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography, Fletcher is co-editor of the CUP series Studies in Early Modern British History, C.Jones is editor of Parliamentary History, Sainty is a specialist adviser to the House of Lords section of the History of Parliament, and Kandiah has been editor of the Journal of Contemporary British History, and consultant editor for Cabinet Papers 1957-63, on CD-ROM, published jointly by Adam Matthew and the Public Record Office.
IHR staff also hold important positions in the academic and cultural worlds. Again, this can only be a selection. Greenway was for many years chair of the University of London Palaeography and Diplomatic Teachers’ Group. Thacker is a member of the Council of the British Archaeology Association and of the Lancashire and Cheshire Record Society. Clanchy is a Fellow of the British Academy, Vice-President of the Selden Society, and international adviser to the Utrecht University group on the history of medieval communication. Fletcher is the convenor of the History at the Universities Defence Group, is a Vice-President of the Council of the Royal Historical Society and is chair of the QAA History Benchmarking Group. Creaton is Vice-Chairman of the British Records Association and Honorary Secretary of the London Record Society. Keene was a member of the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, and is a member of the Urban Panel and the London Advisory Committee of English Heritage, a member of the British Historic Towns Atlas Committee, the President of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society, and a trustee of the London Journal.
All Directors of the IHR have been Fellows of the British Academy, and Cannadine was elected in 1999 (he will serve a three year term on the Academy’s Council beginning this summer, and is also a member of his Section’s Standing Committee). Among his predecessors, Thompson is also a CMG, and has been President of the Royal Historical Society, the Agricultural History Society, and the Economic History Society, and delivered the Ford Lectures at Oxford University in 1994. O’Brien has just retired as President of the Economic History Society, and is now a Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. He is, in addition, a member of the Advisory Council on Global History at the University of Osaka in Japan and a member of the ESRC Liaison Committee for Economic and Social History. Both Thompson and O’Brien were electors to Professorships at Cambridge University.
Cannadine, in addition to being an FBA, is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a Litt. D. from Cambridge University, and he is being awarded an Hon. Litt. D. by the University of East Anglia this summer. He is a Vice President of the British Records Society, a Vice President of the Royal Historical Society (for whom he chairs the Research Support Committee) and President of the Worcestershire Historical Society. He is also a member of the University of London’s Honorary Degrees Committee, and sits on the Advisory Councils of four other member-institutes of the School of Advanced Study. He is, additionally, a member of Committee of Management of Cambridge University’s Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, a member of the Advisory Council of the Public Record Office, a Trustee of the Kennedy Memorial Trust, a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, and a member of the Eastern Regional Committee of the National Trust.
The IHR Appeal, over which Cannadine presides, has so far raised more than £300,000 in grants and personal donations. The IHR regularly receives grants from the British Academy to fund its international conferences. The Penguin Press and the Marc Fitch Fund have each provided grants to fund named public lectures. The grants awarded by learned societies and foundations to fund Junior Research Fellowships have already been itemised: so has the £179,000 grant to the VCH from the Heritage Lottery Fund. And so has the £2,000,000 grant from the Leverhulme Trust to fund Professorships in Metropolitan History and Contemporary British History for nine years, and additional pre- and post-doctoral fellowships. Most recently, the IHR has received a grant of $480,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York, to fund visiting fellowships in the humanities for graduate students from North America. Over a period of three years, the IHR will award ten fellowships annually, five for graduate students making preliminary, pre-dissertation surveys of archives and collections, and five year-long fellowships for dissertation research.
The IHR maintains close links with many metropolitan and national institutions, including the BBC, the British Museum, the British Library, the Public Record Office, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Maritime Museum, the History of Parliament, the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of Arts, the National Register of Archives and the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts. Cannadine tries to visit at least one „non-London“ British university each term, and has so far been to Lancaster, Keele, Swansea, Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow, Central Lancashire, Kent, Sheffield Hallam, and Liverpool. The IHR has established formal links with such overseas institutions and organisations as the Institut d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine in Paris, the British Centre for Historical Research at Göttingen, and the North American Conference on British Studies. The NACBS contributes significantly to the planning of the IHR’s annual Anglo-American Conference, the Director is a member of the Council of the NACBS, and attends its annual meeting. In November 2001, the NACBS will devote a plenary session to the work and activities of the IHR. In March this year, the Director visited York University, Toronto, to advise its faculty and administration on establishing a Canadian IHR modelled on that in London; and he has advised the President of the American Historical Association who aspires to establish an IHR for the United States based in Washington DC. Nearly one hundred colleges and universities worldwide are annual affiliates of the IHR.
Finally, it should be mentioned that the members of the IHR’s monitoring and management committees comprise individuals of great diversity and distinction. The Library Committee (chaired by the Director) includes the Wren Librarian of Trinity College, Cambridge, the Librarian of the House of Lords, and the Librarian of the University of Birmingham. The VCH Committee is chaired by Professor Christopher Dyer, FBA, and includes Lord Naseby, Professor J.Mordaunt Crook FBA, and the Secretary of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts. The ICBH Committee is chaired by Sir Peter Middleton (chairman of Barclays Bank and former Permanent Secretary of the Treasury), and includes the Director of the IHR, Professor Peter Hennessy, Professor Ben Pimlott FBA, and Mr Hugo Young. In addition to historians from London and the nation, members of the IHR Advisory Council include the President of the British Academy, the Chairman of English Heritage, and the Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Two previous chairs of the IHR Advisory Council, Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith and Professor Martin Daunton FBA, now hold professorships at Cambridge. The present chair of the Advisory Council, Professor Janet Nelson FBA, is currently President of the Royal Historical Society; and her successor, from the autumn of 2001, will be Professor Peter Marshall, FBA, who was the previous President of the Royal Historical Society.
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Last updated 17 October 2003