New Director at the Institute of Historical Research

Thursday 8 May 2008

PRESS RELEASEIHR/03/08 Date issued: 7th May, 2008For immediate release


1 May 2008

The Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Director, Professor Miles Taylor from 1 October 2008. Professor Taylor is currently Professor of Modern History and Head of Department of History at the University of York, and is a specialist in the Victorian period. He replaces Professor David Bates who left the Institute after four and half years in mid-March.

Professor Taylor says, ‘I am excited by the challenge of leading the IHR. It has a richly deserved reputation as the national centre for history in the UK, and an increasingly important international profile. In an age of global scholarship our subject needs more than ever a home for the exchange of ideas, learning and resources, and nowhere in the world is quite as well placed for that role as London’s IHR.’

For further information please contact:• Andy Williamson, University of London – E:; T: (020) 7862-8020• David Garner, Press Officer, University of York – E:; T: 01904-432153

Notes:The Institute of Historical Research is one of ten member Institutes of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. The Institute was founded in 1921 by A F Pollard and is home to three important Research Centres – the Victoria County History, the Centre for Metropolitan History and the Centre for Contemporary British History. It hosts a substantial open access library with over 300 periodicals and over 170,000 books, including a comprehensive collection of the chief printed primary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles and western Europe and valuable material on the Americas. In addition, it hosts over 50 seminars, runs two taught postgraduate programmes and offers doctoral supervision in a wide range of historical subjects. It publishes the journal Historical Research and a good many books operates widely used range of web-based and digital resources. It administers Fellowships and funding, runs specialist research training programmes and animates a variety of conferences and workshops. The IHR Development Office has raised over £13m in support of the study of history.