The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) is a world-renowned centre promoting the study of history through academic research, the provision of primary resources and support offered to historical scholars.
The heart of the IHR is a 200,000 volume open-access library, specialising in the history of Britain, Western Europe and North America, from the fifth century to the present featuring an unparalleled collection of printed primary sources.
These collections have been digitised as British History Online and in recent years the IHR has become a digital operation as much as a physical space with 25 major resources online and over 5 million unique users annually.
In 2008, a professional Archivist completed a small-scale survey with recommendations for the IHR Archives, which was generously funded by the Friends of the IHR. One of the key outcomes was a report detailing the steps needed to properly catalogue and conserve the collection as well as guidance on data protection and privacy.
However, at that time, the IHR was preparing for the redevelopment of its premises and was subsequently relocated to the South Block of Senate House until autumn 2014. Since moving back, the Archive has become
a high priority and had recently received a matched funding award from the Foyle Foundation for £25,000 in support of the project.
The IHR applied to the Trust for funding to unlock the Foyle grant and support an Archivist who would manage the conservation and cataloguing process, and integrate the Archive into the IHR Library’s
The Convocation Trust awarded £50,000 towards this project.