The Society was established in 1936 to promote, in the province of Ulster, the study and dissemination of Irish history in all its aspects. It is a non-political and non-sectarian body.

  • We hold regular public lectures and history events to promote new research in Irish history.
  • We host an annual public JC Beckett Memorial Lecture given by a leading historian.
  • We co-publish the research journal Irish Historical Studies, jointly with our sister organisation, the Irish Historical Society.
  • We promote interactions and connections between historians of Ireland, the wider history and heritage sector and the general public in the province of Ulster.

The current officers of USIHS for 2021-22 are:

Committee for 2021-22:

Dr Sophie Cooper (QUB); Dr Elaine Farrell (QUB); Prof. Peter Gray (QUB); Prof. David Hayton (QUB); Dr Andrew Holmes (QUB); Dr Leanne McCormick (UU); Mr Trevor Parkhill; Mr Stephen Scarth (PRONI); Dr Andrew Sneddon (UU); Ptof Diane Urquhart (QUB)

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For information about how to become a Member, please contact the Secretary.

USIHS is affiliated to the Irish Committee for Historical Sciences

Read our revised Constitution here: USIHS Constitution_FINAL_19.06.14

See our previous JC Beckett Lectures here: beckett-lectures-since-1999

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