Sophie Bacchus-Waterman elected as Associate Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Date 22 July 2024

The Royal Historical Society Council has elected 221 new Fellows, Associate Fellows, Members and Postgraduate Members. Among them is St John's Special Collections Photographer, Sophie Bacchus-Waterman.

Sophie Bacchus-Waterman

Sophie Bacchus-Waterman is the College's Special Collections Photographer, responsible for the imaging of manuscripts and early printed books in connection with the Library Digitisation Project. Alongside her work in the Library, Sophie is writing the first solo biography of Elizabeth Boleyn, Anne Boleyn's mother and Elizabeth I's maternal grandmother, for publication with The History Press.

Speaking of her election to the Royal Historical Society, Sophie said:

'I was honoured to be accepted into the Royal Historical Society, to join such a wonderful community of historians. In my role as Special Collections Photographer at St John’s College in Oxford, I have been digitising manuscripts and early printed books from our Library’s collection for the past two years. It is a privilege to make these items available online, and the response to the Digitisation Project has been fantastic. Outside of my work at St John’s College, I am currently writing the first solo biography of Elizabeth Boleyn, Anne Boleyn’s mother, for The History Press, and I have several forthcoming papers on my research due out over the next year. I am so proud to have been accepted as an Associate Fellow at the RHS, at this stage of my career'.

Congratulations, Sophie!