A day in the life, your life: History Day 2016

Wednesday 26 October 2016

It’s not just his story, but her story too. It’s our story in fact, and the annual History Day created by Senate House Library (SHL), the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and the Committee of London Research Libraries in History has come around again to extend the pleasure and relevance of historical research to all of us.

Are you thinking of doing some historical research, perhaps for a final-year dissertation, postgraduate work, or out of personal interest? Are you an information professional who want to meet other librarians and archivists working with historical collections? Do you want to hear librarians, archivists and leading historians discuss the state of the discipline?

History Day is a unique event for undergraduate and postgraduate students, early-career researchers and anyone interested in history. Join us on 15 November to meet librarians and archivists from across London (and beyond) to find out what they have to offer you and your research.

You can participate in a series of historical debates and panel sessions, including a discussion on public history with Professor Lawrence Goldman (IHR), Dr Alix Green (Essex) and Dr Suzannah Lipscomb (New College of the Humanities). The day includes an open history fair showcasing libraries, archives and organisations, offering individual advice for your research.

‘It seems particularly timely to be hosting a discussion on public history by leading practitioners, given the recent debates on historical commemoration and the prominence of history in the TV schedules’, explains Dr Matthew Shaw, the IHR librarian.

Jordan Landes, SHL’s research librarian in history says ‘History Day is special in providing researchers with direct contact with so many librarians and archivists in one place, opening the doors to outstanding collections in London and beyond.’

Panel sessions include:

  • Public history, 10.30–11.15am (Professor Lawrence Goldman, Dr Alix Green and Dr Suzannah Lipscomb)
  • Libraries versus archives! 11.30am–12:30pm: Dr Julian Harrison(British Library); Isobel Hunter (The National Archives); Victoria Northwood (honorary secretary, British Records Association); Dr Richard Espley (SHL) and Lesley Ruthven, Goldsmiths)
  • Digital research, 2–2.45pm
  • Keep calm and use business archives! 3.15–3.45pm: Dr Roy Edwards

History Day takes place on 15 November 2016 in Senate House, Malet Street, London, W1CE 7HU, 10am–4pm. For all enquiries, please contact historyday@london.ac.uk, or 020 7862 8771 for press enquiries.


Notes to editors

1. The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) was founded in 1921 and is one of nine institutes that comprise the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. The Institute’s mission is to promote the study of history and an appreciation of the importance of the past among academics and the general public. It offers a wide range of services both onsite and remotely which promote and facilitate excellence in historical research, teaching and scholarship in the UK, by means of its library, events programmes, fellowships, training and publications. It is a leading centre for the creation of digital resources for historians, and promotes the study of London history through its Centre for Metropolitan History and the Victoria County History.

2. Senate House Library (SHL) is one of the world’s most significant collections in the arts, humanities and social sciences. With its partner libraries of the institutes of the School of Advanced Study, it provides services to readers from the School of Advanced Study, the colleges of the federal University of London, and from regional, national and international research communities. All are welcome to join the Library. The Library and its collections have been continuously developed since the 1870s. It now holds more than two million printed books, thousands of printed and electronic journals, and the highest proportion of historic collections of any university library in the UK. Learn more about Senate House Library at http://senatehouselibrary.ac.uk/.

3. The School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, is the UK’s national centre for the promotion and support of research in the humanities. SAS and its member institutes offer unparalleled academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. In 2014-15, SAS: welcomed 805 research fellows and associates; held 2,073 research dissemination events; received 23.1 million visits to its digital research resources and platforms; and received 213,456 visits to its specialist libraries and collections. The School also leads the UK’s only nationwide festival of the humanities: Being Human. Find out more at www.sas.ac.uk or follow SAS on Twitter at @SASNews

4. The University of London is a federal University and is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse universities in the UK. Established by Royal Charter in 1836, the University is recognised globally as a world leader in Higher Education. Its members are 18 self-governing institutions of outstanding reputation, together with a number of prestigious central academic bodies and activities. Learn more about the University of London at http://www.london.ac.uk