The Wiles Lectures were founded in 1953 by Mrs Austen Boyd of Craigavad, Co. Down, in memory of her father, Thomas S. Wiles of Albany, New York. Acting with the advice of the then vice-chancellor of Queen’s, Sir Eric Ashby, and of Sir Herbert Butterfield, then master of Peterhouse, Cambridge, Mrs Boyd generously endowed a trust fund to support an annual series of lectures ‘to promote the study of the history of civilisation and to encourage the extension of historical thinking into the realm of general ideas’.
The fund brings to Belfast each year an expert in a particular field of historical scholarship to deliver four lectures on successive days, related to the lecturer's research and reflecting on the wider implications of their work for historical understanding.
The Wiles Trust also supports other scholarly activities at Queen's, including a series of Wiles Colloquia on historical topics, convened by members of School staff.
For more information, contact the Chair of Trustees, Prof. Peter Gray.