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History Society- HISTSOC

HistSoc at Southampton
HistSoc at Southampton

The History Society is here to allow you to get the most out of both uni life and your degree! We work closely with the faculty to ensure that you are getting the support you need for you studies as well as providing you opportunities through sports and socials to let your hair down and enjoy your time outside of the lecture halls!

President – Charlie Bonham

Charlie’s primary role is to give direction and leadership to the committee and society as a whole. She is legally responsible for the society and, with the aid of the Vice President, sets the society’s agenda, chairs meetings and ensures everyone stays on task and works to a high standard. Any questions about the society please email me 

Vice President – Lauren Scanlon

Lauren is there to support all other committee members, including the President, in their roles. She works closely with the President to set the society’s long-term aims. When the President is unavailable in the short-term, the Vice President takes charge!

Secretary – Tasha Polston

Tasha attends to the general administrative running of the society and keeps on top of all society business. She maintains the society’s social media presence and email account, and also keeps minutes of all meetings. Tasha ensures that all of our members are kept up to date with upcoming events and runs the HistSoc tour abroad.

Treasurer – Freya Wenstrom

Freya’s primary responsibility is the management of the society’s finances. She is in charge of the allocation of the society’s funds, as well as general and long-term financial planning. Her role also includes applying for funding from SUSU.

Welfare Office – Sophie Provins

Sophie is in charge of the Society’s health and safety throughout the year. This will include risk assessing the major events, such as various trips abroad. However, her main duties are leading the Society’s employability agenda, organising careers events and workshops this year focusing on mental health.

Social Secretaries – Ellena Lockyer and Ben Brown

Ellena and Ben’s main role is to organise and run the society’s social events. Their aim is to provide an informal setting for members to meet each other and ensuring that our members have a memorable and fun-filled year. Ben and Ellena are also responsible for creating the HistSoc Membership Card, which has numerous deals and discounts with local establishments.

Sports Reps – Kate Dunn and Alex Walsh

Kate and Ben’s principal responsibility is managing HistSoc’s superb sports teams. They liaise closely with the team captains for football, netball, badminton and basketball to ensure the society thrives in intra-mural sports and other competitions. Ben and Kate are also in charge of, along with the captains and social secretaries, holding our infamous sports socials. They also advertise the sports teams to the society’s new arrivals!


This year HistSoc plans to come back louder and prouder than ever. We want to become a vocal representative of history students on campus, making sure that you get the university experience that you want. We will liaise closely with SUSU, course reps, and other societies, which we hope will bring you the diverse and dynamic university life that we all came here for. We want a HistSoc that is sensitive to the needs of history students but to do this we need your help. So if you have any suggestions or comments please drop us a line. This is YOUR society… be part of it!

The AGM will take place in April/May. This is where you can get the opportunity to hear about what HistSoc has achieved throughout the year. It also gives you the chance to become part of the HistSoc Committee for the following academic year.


Intramural is a great opportunity to play sport, for people of any level, and the Histsoc sports teams give you a chance to meet people on your course as well as have a great time playing and socialising. We currently have netball, football, basketball and badminton teams, which accept members of all abilities!. If you are interested in getting involved, join our Facebook page: Histsoc Sports 2018/19 ( for info on our different teams!


The trips abroad are an excellent way to add a little bit of culture and historical value to our society, not to mention the taste of international nightlife. Previous trips have included places such as Paris, Prague, Budapest and Berlin. With huge amounts of fun at excellent value, these trips are not to be missed!


This is the side that HistSoc is known for! Throughout the year, the HistSoc committee will be working extremely hard to make sure that we all have an amazing time through a variety of events and nights out, not to mention some unforgettable trips abroad!

In previous years HistSoc has put on some of the best socials known to Portswood. There have been a wide variety of themes, challenges, and locations. Not only can HistSoc provide messy nights out, we also host classy balls: one joint with the rest of Humanities at Christmas and our own HistSoc Summer Ball, both of which are always a huge success.

We understand that it is not everyone’s cup of tea to have lots of nights out, so we aim to provide other events, which will be fantastic and hilarious! In previous years we have done things like film nights and quizzes. This year we hope to repeat some of these fantastic events and get our lecturers to let their hair down and show off their knowledge in a staff/student quiz.


Whilst the majority of your time at the University of Southampton will be fantastic, there may be moments when you are feeling low, in trouble or in need of someone to talk to. The History Society wants to be able to do its part in helping you out if you are in need of some support.

We aim to provide a close link with the department so you can turn to your lecturers for academic help as well as older members within the society. This year we plan on organising ‘Tea and Talk’ evenings in partnership with MindSoc to address the growing issue of mental health and ensure that our members feel that they can talk to us about any issues or worries they may have - however big or small.

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with all of our socials, events and sports teams!

Alternatively, email with any questions!

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