55 years championing the humanities

55 Years Championing the Humanities

Guest post written by our CEO Tom Clark.

Tom shares his thoughts on Boydell & Brewer’s unique place in the academic landscape, and how he plans to build on the press’ history of publishing excellence.

To build a better future, we must understand who we are, where we came from and how to live and work with each other. The humanities have so much to teach us about these things.

I’m proud to be joining Boydell & Brewer as we mark our 55th anniversary year. Since historian Richard Barber founded Boydell Press in 1969, our publishing has grown beyond its roots in European medieval studies to encompass musicology, literature, and history, from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. The research community has always been at the heart of what the press does. 

Our journey so far

1969: Boydell Press is founded by historian Richard Barber 

1978: merge with D.S. Brewer, founded by medievalist Derek Brewer 

1989: partner with University of Rochester to found University of Rochester Press 

1996: acquire Tamesis Books, founded by hispanists John Varey and Alan Deyermond   

1997: partner with University of York, Centre for Medieval Studies to found York Medieval Press 

1998: acquire Camden House, founded by scholars James N. Hardin and Gunther J. Holst 

2008: acquire James Currey Ltd, whose founder was instrumental in bringing the work of African writers to new audiences 

2015: become employee-owned, to ensure our long-term independence 

2022: partner with Durham’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies to found Durham University IMEMS Press 

2023: begin working with Indian publisher Manohar to bring South Asian scholarship to new audiences 

It is important to me that, being employee-owned, we are inherently people-focused business. That puts us in the perfect position to recognise our interdependence with the academic community by continuing to invest in and champion their work. Researchers, libraries and publishing partners will remain at the heart of our strategy for the next 55 years of market-leading publishing. 


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