University of Cambridge Faculty of History
It’s not the building that matters
King George I established the Regius Professorship of Modern History in 1724. At that time the only history studied in the University dealt with ancient Greece and Rome, so the holder did little to earn his £400 a year. When the examination (Tripos) system was established in the nineteenth century, History was for many years a branch of Moral Sciences. A fully autonomous Historical Tripos dates from 1875. Since then Cambridge has boasted a series of renowned historians such as Lord Acton, G.M. Trevelyan, Herbert Butterfield, Geoffrey Elton and J.H. Plumb.
The Faculty of History is one of the largest history departments in the world. The Faculty has consistently obtained the highest ratings in official evaluations for teaching and research. Its work spans three millennia, straddles the globe and exemplifies the rich variety of sub-disciplines that constitutes history today.
Over one hundred people pursue teaching and research within the History Faculty and Colleges of the University, as University Teaching Officers (UTOs), College Teaching Officers (CTOs), Junior Research Fellows (JRFs), or Post-Doctoral Fellows. In addition, we have close links and share teaching with colleagues in other Faculties and Departments, for example Classics, Politics and International Studies (POLIS), Divinity, History and Philosophy of Science (HPS), and Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (ASNC). Historians based at the Fitzwilliam Museum and University Library also regularly contribute to our teaching. However, the majority of lectures, supervisions and classes are given by UTOs and CTOs in the Faculty (around 50 and 30 respectively).