About the Regional History Centre (RHC)
The RHC was established in 1997 to promote research into the history of Britain's South Western counties.
The Regional History Centre (RHC) was established in 1997 to promote research into the history of Britain's South Western counties, and to further an understanding of regionalism as a dynamic force in the shaping of domestic and international histories.
Taking the ancient city and county of Bristol as its hub, the Centre's area of expertise includes Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Dorset in England, as well as those parts of South Wales with which Bristol and Gloucester have enjoyed historic social and economic links. In recent years, the Centre has looked to broaden its horizons still further by making links with regions further afield in Britain and in Europe.
We are fully committed to public engagement and knowledge exchange and have developed strong links with a number of regional partners and institutions in the local history and heritage field. We have recently worked with the following partner organisations:
- Bristol Record Society
- M Shed, Bristol
- VCH Wiltshire
- VCH England’s Past for Everyone
- Holburne Museum, Bath
- Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust
- West of England and South West Women's History Network
- Avon Local History and Archaeology
- Railway and Canal Historical Society
- Bristol Festival of Ideas
- Redcliffe Press
The Centre is based on UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus within the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education. The core team consists of academic staff, postgraduate students and Visiting Research Fellows.