Who we are

About the British Commission for Military History

The British Commission for Military History (BCMH) was founded in 1965 as the national branch of the International Commission for Military History. It serves as a forum for the discussion and promotion of military history in the broadest sense, without restriction as to period or region.

The object of the BCMH is to promote through research, publication and discussion the understanding of military history in the broadest sense, without restriction as to period or region. To support this, the Commission publishes the British Journal for Military History, a pioneering Open Access, peer-reviewed journal, which delivers high quality scholarship in military history to an audience beyond academia.

The BCMH hosts a number of conferences throughout the year. Recent themes have included ‘The pre-modern Battlefield’, ‘Indian Armies’ and ‘The Great War at Sea 1914-1919′. Additionally, the BCMH hosts and organises the annual and highly successful ‘New Research in Military History’ conference for postgraduate and early career historians.

The membership of the Commission has always been diverse and applications are welcomed from those working in military history in universities, museums, archives, defence and the armed forces as well as the media, heritage and cultural studies as well as independent scholars and private individuals with an interest in the subject.