Historian in Residence

  • Status : 5 years, 4 PA per month
  • Salary : Voluntary
  • Closing date : 01/11/2023
  • Interview date : 10/11/2023

Overview of the role

The College is seeking to appoint a Historian in Residence (HiR) 

The range of a HiR’s work generally includes: 

  • achieving closer engagement between historians, public and professions
  • providing background knowledge to help those grappling with complex policy issues.
  • assisting historians to formulate research questions which have public relevance. 
  • using historical analyses to raise questions and contribute to debate about current issues, to inform policy making, avoid reinventing the wheel and repeating past mistakes. 

The post is voluntary, and the appointee should expect, with the agreement of his or her employer, to spend an average of 1 p.a. / session per week in the role. 

The post holder will work with the team of Associate Registrars, Associate Deans, Specialist Advisers and report to the Registrar. 

The post will appeal to consultant psychiatrists in any specialty who have academic research qualification/experience in history of psychiatry.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work alongside the Archivist and Honorary Archivist in interpreting or displaying the College’s historical artefacts.
  • Contribute to academic development of the History of Psychiatry Special Interest Group
  • Liaise with special interest groups, faculties and College committees when they seek advice on an issue of history or ‘history and policy’. 
  • Work collaboratively with Archivist when questions arise about the history of psychiatry.
  • Help ensure that psychiatrists who use historical material to contribute to policy debate and College publications use high quality historical analyses in a sound manner.

How to apply

If you would like to be considered for this post, please submit a CV and a covering letter demonstrating experience (one A4 side) to

For any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Francis Maunze, Archivist –

Please see attached the full JD for this role.

Closing date: 1 November 2023

Interview date: 10 November 2023 via Microsoft Teams/Zoom

Interviews are likely to be around 30 minutes and it is unlikely that we would be able to offer an alternative date. (you can include this statement if necessary)

The College values a diverse and inclusive workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, reflecting the population it serves.


Historian in Residence - Job description - October 2023