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Dr. Richard Baker, FHG, AIH, IHGS Principal to retire

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Wednesday 1st July 2020

Having worked at the Institute for almost 32 years our Principal, Dr Richard Baker, is to start his well earned retirement at the end of this July. 


Richard joined IHGS in 1988. He became the Institute’s Vice-Principal in 2004, and Principal in 2010. He is an Academician of the Académie Internationale d’Héraldique and President of the International Federation of Schools of Family History. He became a Trustee of the Heraldry Society in 2013 and is responsible for their society’s examinations programme. Richard will also be the President of The International Congress of Heraldic and Genealogical Sciences, to be held at Cambridge in 2022, and will remain a popular figure at heraldic and genealogical events around the UK. 

All the Trustees, staff and tutors thank Richard for his years of service and wish him a happy retirement. We extend our best regards to him and his family in the future. Whilst plans for honouring Richard's time at IHGS have had to be postponed due to current circumstances, we hope they will go ahead in due course. 

Richard is to be succeeded by Dr David Wright, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Society of Genealogists. He is well known to genealogists for his East Kent Probate Index as well as for his several books on Kent genealogy, including Tracing Your Kent Ancestry which was published in 2016.