The Economic History Society exists to support research and teaching in economic and social history, broadly defined. It does this through publications, including the Economic History Review and a range of textbooks and study packs, through conferences and workshops, through the finance of research fellowships and research grants, and through bursaries and prizes for younger scholars.

The Society also acts as a pressure group working to influence government policy in the interests of history, alongside other societies, such as the Social History Society, the Agricultural History Society, the Urban History Group and the Association of Business Historians, and in concert with professional bodies such as the Royal Historical Society, the Historical Association, History UK (HE) and the Academy of Social Sciences. In addition, the Society regularly liaises with funding bodies such as SHEFC, the AHRC and the ESRC.

The membership of the Society is ultimately the main source of our income and vitality, and hence of our means to respond to, and to serve, the needs and interests of the subject in the coming decades. We hope that you will consider joining and contributing to the future development of one of the oldest, established professional societies of historians in the world.

Member benefits

  • Access to electronic copies of the Economic History Review from its inception in 1927 to current issues, through the redeveloped Economic History Society website: the premier journal in the field (with a 2-year Impact Factor of 1.187, and a ranking of 2/89 in History; and 167/353 in Economics in 2017) containing over 1,000 pages per volume: research articles, historiographical surveys, book reviews, reviews of periodical literature and annual lists of publications. If you have any problems with your access, please contact Alice Whiteoak.
  • A discount on a printed copy of the current Economic History Review volume.
  • Occasional Special Issues of the Economic History Review
  • Access to podcasts, including the Tawney Lectures and Teaching Podcasts.
  • A whole range of new web-based networks, discussion groups and services.
  • Access to small grants, fellowships and prizes.
  • Discounts on select book purchases with a number of publishers
  • The Annual EHS Conference, for which members are entitled to a discounted registration fee.

Further information about joining the Society can be obtained from the administrators. Membership can be applied for online – see below. Payment may be made by direct debit or credit card; (details can be found on the application form).

Individual Membership

  • Online Membership, with digital access to the Economic History Review£21

Student Membership

Student membership including subscription to the Economic History Review is open to full and part-time students, including postgraduates at higher education institutions in the UK and other EC countries.

  • Online Student Membership, with digital access to the Economic History Review £11

Joint Membership with the Economic History Association

Subscriptions to the Economic History Review and the Journal of Economic History

  • Online Joint Membership, with digital access to both journals – £44
  • Online Joint Membership, with digital access to both journals and a printed copy of the Journal of Economic History – £51

Membership Renewals

Memberships are entered on a rolling basis, and renew automatically once a year. Members will be sent a renewal notice 1 month before auto-renewal.

How to join

New applicant members may click here to join online.

Two payment options are available:

  • Stripe – card payments for all members
  • GoCardless – direct debits for members with a UK bank account

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For existing members, correspondence about personal membership and change of address etc should be directed to Alice Whiteoak.

Membership Options

The Society offers Online Membership, providing digital access to the Economic History Review through our website and a direct link to Wiley Online Library.

If you would like to receive a printed copy of the Economic History Review, please contact us. This service is provided by a third-party.

Gift Aid

The Inland Revenue has ruled that the Economic History Society can reclaim the tax paid by members on their subscription to the Society under the Gift Aid Scheme. This means that we can recover 25p for every GBP1.00 you pay or have paid in subscription to the Society over the previous five years. If you wish to participate in the scheme, please complete and return the Gift Aid Declaration form.

Gift Aid Declaration Form


The Economic History Society does not offer Institutional membership. For Institutional subscriptions to the Economic History Review, please visit Wiley Online Library.