History Collections
Find out more about history collections and History Day

History Collections

Find out more about history collections and History Day

For organisations


History Day is a free one-day event bringing together students, researchers and anyone with an interest in history with collections professionals from libraries, archives, museums and research organisations.  It is a free annual one-day event that is created collaboratively between the Institute of Historical Research and Senate House Library.

History Day 2022 will be on 17 November 2022. Organisations are invited to sign up:

The event will be fully online, and we are offering a range of ways for you to get involved, to enable as many people as possible to take part. The theme is “Human Discovery: Experiencing Science.”  We encourage you to interpret the theme in its broadest sense, including the everyday experiences and impacts of science and technology on ordinary people. This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s national festival of the humanities, taking place 10–19 November 2022. For further information please see beinghumanfestival.org. Organisations are invited to share pre-made content for our ‘Discover Collections’ gallery (see example from last year’s event).
  • The content should be collections-focused, enabling researchers to explore and be inspired.
  • Themes could include:
    • Impacts of science and technology on ordinary people.
    • Experiences of scientists
    • Medical breakthroughs
    • Archaeological breakthroughs
    • Scientific policy
    • Responses to medical crises
    • Unexpected sources for researching history of science and technology
  • Content can be shared with us to host, or you can share a link to your own website or video channel. Pre-made content can take multiple forms: for example, blog posts, image galleries, audio or video.
  • The day will include some live sessions with interactive elements, and we encourage you to join in on the day, and on social media. Further details will be available nearer to the time.
The deadline for signing up to take part is Friday 30 September. Contributions will need to be submitted by 28 October. If you’d have any questions, please get in touch with us through our contact form.

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