History Collections
Find out more about history collections and History Day

History Collections

Find out more about history collections and History Day

History Day

History Day is a free event bringing together students, researchers and anyone with an interest in history with collections professionals from galleries, libraries, archives, museums and research organisations.

History Day took place on Thursday, 23 November 2023 in-person with contributions online.

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Information on this site is produced in collaboration with the History Research Libraries Committee and other History Day participants. Find out more on the About us page.

 

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History Day 2023

On 23 November, Senate House Library and the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) hosted History Day 2023. History Day is a free annual event bringing together students, researchers and anyone with an interest in history with collections professionals from...

Spies, Lies and Deception through the lens of the IWM Library collection

This blog post was written by Jane Rosen and Dominic Hewett, Research Support Librarians at IWM London, for History Day 2023 and explores library material relating to the IWM’s current exhibition IWM’s new exhibition Spies, Lies and Deception opened in October with...

Northern Ireland: Living with the Troubles

This blog post was written by Kaili Smith and Charlotte Willsmore, Research Support Librarians at IWM London, for History Day 2023 and explores library material relating to the IWM's current exhibition In May 2023, the Imperial War Museums (IWM) opened the exhibition...

The Act of (Not) Eating in the Middle Ages

This blog post was written by Maisie Brewster, one of the Library Graduate Trainees at the Warburg Institute Library, for History Day 2023 and explores library material relating eating in the Middle Ages. The act of drinking and eating is first and foremost to...

Discover Historical Collections at History Day 2023

History Day is a free event for students, researchers and history enthusiasts alike to explore collections from 50+ libraries, museums, historical organisations and archives. This year we return to an in-person fair for the first time since 2019, while retaining...

History Day 2022

Now in its ninth year, this free one-day event aims to bring together students, researchers, and anyone with an interest in history, with information professionals from libraries, archives and research organisations. Inspired by this year’s Being Human Festival theme...

Special Collections Relating to the Muslim World: Exploring Rare Books on Optics, Medicine and an Early Printed Qur’an

This blog post was written by Naureen Ali, Cataloguer and Adlib System Officer at the Ismaili Special Collections Unit (The Institute of Ismaili Studies) as part of a series of posts on the theme of ‘Human Discovery: Experiencing Science’ for History Day 2022.  The...

A Sneak Peek at Discover Collections 2022

History Day is a free annual event, produced by the Institute of Historical Research and Senate House Library, which brings together a wide range of libraries, museums, archives, and organisations with students, researchers, and anyone with an interest in history. The...

Exploring the history of medicine and health

This blog post is part of a series of posts on the theme of ‘Human Discovery: Experiencing Science’ for History Day 2022. In our first session for History Day 2022, we are exploring how history helps us analyse past medical crises, shape public health policy, and how...

Our brain is electric: Glenside Hospital Museum, Bristol

This blog post is from Glenside Hospital Museum as part of a series of posts on the theme of ‘Human Discovery: Experiencing Science’ for History Day 2022. Glenside Hospital Museum, with support from the Royal Society, discovered three historic pioneers of brain...

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