The Social History Society runs a network specifically for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) historians. The network was launched in 2018 in anticipation of the under-representation, structural inequalities and racism highlighted by the Royal Historical Society’s report on Race, Ethnicity and Equality. Our initiative followed a plenary panel on ‘History and Diversity’ held at our 2018 annual conference, which discussed some of the difficulties facing BME historians in the UK.

The network combines a mixture of virtual and physical opportunities to discuss emerging issues, share experiences and find support. It is open to anyone who self-identifies as belonging to a BME group, whether they be a professional historian, an independent scholar, or a student. Members do not need to be members of the Social History Society.

Following common usage, by “BME” we are referring to non-White people who are descended, through one or both parents, from Africa, the Caribbean, Asia (the Middle-East to the Pacific Islands), Australasia or Latin America.

If you would like to join the Social History Society BME Network, please send an email to: