History Collections
Find out more about history collections and History Day

History Collections

Find out more about history collections and History Day

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

Save the dateThis year’s event will be held fully online on Thursday 19 November 2020 to coincide with the Being Human festival, the UK’s national festival of the humanities. It is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of Londonin partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.  

This is an exciting opportunity to draw in participants from across the UK and beyond and to promote collections more widely. The theme of Being Human this year is New Worlds and History Day will be using the theme to draw together a very diverse national programme and respond to recent events. The Being Human website has some ideas for contributors to be creative and diverse with the theme. 

Plan for the Day

We are planning three keynote sessions during the day and want to encourage online interaction and activities throughout the day on the theme of New Worlds, sharing digital resources, images and blogs via social media using the hashtag #histday20Further details confirming timings and keynote speakers/presenters will be shared nearer the time but the three sessions will be focused on: 

  • History in the making: Archiving 2020 for the Future
  • Exploring History in the Digital World
  • New Approaches to Local and Community History: Show and Tell

The final titles will be confirmed closer to the time. 

Share your ideas

We’d like to invite organisations to promote your collections during History Day on 19 November. If you are a publisher and want to participate, please see the separate information for publishers.

There are two pathways through which you can contribute: 

1. You can put on your own interactive session during the day.

Ideas for this could include: 

  • Create your own live interactive session 
  • Have a Q&A event about your collections  
  • Run a quiz about your collections  
  • Offer an online tour of your collections  
  • Give a flash talk about your collections

2. You can create content in advance that will be promoted during the day.

Ideas for this could include: 

  • Pre-recorded videos  
  • Podcast episodes  
  • Blog posts  
  • Share your collections on the day via social media  (we will provide opportunities for this in the course of the day)

There will be limited space for live events so we can’t guarantee to include all ideas on the day itself, but we will work out the best ways to showcase the variety of collections and try to reflect the buzz and interactivity of the physical event. We encourage you to think of short sessions that are 5-20 minutes in length. Your contribution should be aimed at a broad audience.

Contributions for interactive sessions during the day
Deadline – 21 August 2020

Contributions for content created in advance
Deadline – 9 October 2020

If you’d like to take part, please complete this form.

You are welcome to get in touch before then at historyday@london.ac.uk to discuss your idea.  

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