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Prestigious Regius Chair in History celebrated on 300th anniversary

The Faculty of History and Oriel College, Oxford, celebrated 300 years since the prestigious Regius Chair in History was established at the University of Oxford by King George I in 1724 on Friday.

An afternoon of academic events and ceremony was followed by a formal dinner at Oriel College, where the chair has been based since 1866.

Professor Lyndal Roper, the incumbent Regius Chair, was appointed to the role in 2011 and is the first woman, and first Australian, to hold the post. Her research looks at early modern German history, gender history, the history of witchcraft, and visual culture.

Previous Regius Chairs include William Stubbs (1866–1884), Hugh Trevor-Roper (1957–1980), who was appointed Lord Dacre of Glanton by the end of his tenure, and Sir Michael Howard CBE (1980–1989).

Roper’s contributions have earned her Honorary Doctorates from the University of Melbourne and the University of Basel. She is also a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a Fellow of the Brandenburg Akademie der Wissenschaften.