The Master of the Rolls is Chair of the Forum on Historical Manuscripts and Academic Research. Membership comprises experts in academic research and/or knowledge and experience of private archives.
Four members of the Advisory Council whose backgrounds are more closely aligned to historical manuscripts/private archives and academic research form part of the Forum on Historical Manuscripts and Academic Research whilst also remaining part of the full Advisory Council.
These members are Dr Bendor Grosvenor, Dr Elizabeth Lomas, Ms Hillary Bauer and Ms Lesley Ferguson. The three additional members are Dr Christopher Ridgway, Curator at Castle Howard, Dr Clive Cheesman, Chair of the Friends of The National Archives and Dr Ian Mortimer, historian and historical biographer.
The Chief Executive is also a member of the forum, on an ex officio basis, as the Historical Manuscripts Commissioner.