The Society is governed by its Royal Charters and Statutes, the earliest of which date back to 1751. Its business is managed by the Society's Council (a board of trustees), which meets formally four times a year.

Council Membership 2018-2019

Elected members:

  • Paul Drury, MRICS, IHBC (President), Chair
  • Stephen Dunmore, OBE, BA (Treasurer)
  • Chris Scull, MA, MCIfA (Director)
  • Heather Sebire, PhD, MCIfA, FSAScot (Hon Secretary)
  • Holly Trusted, PhD (Vice-President)
  • John Maddison, BA, PhD, Hon. Dr of Arts (Vice-President)
  • Duncan Brown, BA, MCIfA
  • Emma Carver, MPhil, FSAScot
  • Dr John Cooper, DPhil, FRHistS
  • Elizabeth Hallam Smith, CB, PhD, FRHistS, FRSA
  • Alan Lloyd, DPhil
  • Barney Sloane, BA

In attendance:

  • John Lewis BSc (General Secretary)

Meetings Schedule

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