Hub for Contemporary British History to Strengthen City Links

Tuesday 12 June 2007

The Centre for Contemporary British History (CCBH) at the IHR is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Director, Dr Richard Roberts. Previously a member of faculty at the University of Sussex, Dr Roberts is a highly experienced writer, researcher and teacher. A specialist in economic and financial history, he is author of many books on investment banking and international finance and is currently completing a study of the breakdown of the Bretton Woods fixed exchange rate system in the early 1970s. He is a leading authority on international financial centres, especially Wall Street and the City. Dr Roberts took up his post on 4 June 2007.

“I am excited to be joining the CCBH and look forward to helping to enhance its important role as the UK’s hub for contemporary history,” says the new Director. “I believe in supporting its established strengths as well as undertaking new initiatives, particularly the development of the Centre’s interface with the City.”

The new appointment has been made possible with funding from the Institute of Historical Research and the Vice-Chancellor’s Development Fund. The Leverhulme Professor of Contemporary British History, Pat Thane, who has been acting as Director, will continue her work at CCBH, with more time to focus on her own research. This includes completing an ESRC project on ‘Unmarried Motherhood in England and Wales 1918-80’.

The CCBH is the UK hub for contemporary history, as part of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. CCBH’s purpose is the advancement of knowledge and understanding of the recent past for historians, policymakers, the media and the general public. It does this through:

Original research: eg oral history of the UK’s policy towards Rhodesian UDI

Teaching and training: MA in Contemporary British History; supervising PhD students; training in research methods

Debate among historians and others: future events include a conference on ‘Britain and Europe in the 20th Century’, 11-13 July 2007

Dissemination of scholarship and new thinking: CCBH is home to the History & Policy initiative, which works to connect historians, policymakers and the media.

Notes for Editors

1. The IHR, under its Director Professor David Bates, offers a wide range of services to historians from the UK and around the world, promoting excellence in scholarship and teaching through its library, seminars, conferences, fellowships, training, and publications, and the work of its three research centres. See the IHR website,, for full details of its activities. The IHR is a constituent Institute of the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

2. CCBH is a research centre of the IHR. It was founded in 1986 by Peter Hennessy and Anthony Seldon to promote the study of the recent past. See the CCBH website for more information, and for more information about the History & Policy initiative.

3. Contact details for Dr Roberts at CCBH:

Tel: 020 7862 8810