The London Centre for Public History was established at Royal Holloway in 2016 to create a space for public discussion of history and heritage and promote greater collaboration and communication between public historians across the UK and beyond, whether they work in universities or in more public-facing institutions or are unaffiliated. The LCPH was founded and initially directed by Dr Anna Whitelock, who is now head of Royal Holloway's Department of History.

The Centre emerged from Royal Holloway's MA in Public History, which was the brainchild of the late Justin Champion, and remains closely linked with this pioneering programme and with the Historians for History website.