Peterhouse historians such as Herbert Butterfield, Maurice Cowling, David Knowles, Hugh Trevor-Roper and Tony Wrigley have played a prominent role in the intellectual development of the modern historical profession. The College currently has five Fellows in History, who cover, between them, ancient, medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary history and who teach across British, European and extra-European history and the history of political thought. As a result, most supervisions in your first and second year, and many in your final year, may take place in College.The Peterhouse History Society meets regularly and is organized by our undergraduates. It invites distinguished speakers from outside Cambridge to talk about their work in an informal setting. The Ward Library – named after one of the editors of The Cambridge Modern History – houses one of the most complete collections of modern historical literature in the University, tailored to the needs of undergraduate historians.
For a student's perspective on life as a Historian at Peterhouse, have a look at the JCR's alternative prospectus.