Dr Richard Allen elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
St Peter's Archivist, Dr Richard Allen, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Dr Allen, who is an Associate Member of the History Faculty, was elected to the Fellowship in recognition of his contribution to historical scholarship. His research concerns the ecclesiastical history of northern France in the High Middle Ages, with a particular focus on ducal Normandy (911-1204). He works primarily with charters and other such administrative records, and has published widely on topics ranging from ecclesiastical rivalry, through excommunication, the nature of episcopal power, the Cistercian abbey of Savigny, and the role of relics in the Middle Ages.
Founded in 1868, the Royal History Society has become the foremost society in the UK working with professional historians and advancing the scholarly study of the past. Its former Presidents include such influential figures as Sir Frank Stenton (1880-1960) and Dame Janet Nelson (b. 1942), as well as Gerald Aylmer (1926-2000), who was Master of St Peter's between 1978 and 1991.
Richard arrived at St Peter's in May 2015 and is responsible for managing the college's archives collections, which contain a wide range of historical records relating to the college's institutional memory, from Governing Body minutes to photographs, student files and building plans. He is also responsible for looking after the college's collection of artwork, including the Duncan Grant Collection, and its silverware.
Richard serves as a Trustee of the Oxford Historical Society.