History Collections
Find out more about history collections and History Day

History Collections

Find out more about history collections and History Day

History Day 2018

History Day 2018 took place on 27 November 2018 and included a history fair and a series of drop-in talks.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, we brought together blog posts about history collections on the theme of Women’s history in the lead-up to History Day 2018.


History Fair

  • Archives Hub
  • Archives Portal Europe
  • Association of Performing Arts Collections (APAC)
  • The Barbers’ Company
  • Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
  • British Library
  • British Records Association
  • Brunel University Special Collections
  • Business Archives Council
  • Churchill Archives Centre
  • CILIP Library and Information History Group
  • CILIP Local Studies Group
  • City, University of London Archive and Special Collections
  • Copac
  • Dana Research Centre and Library, Science Museum
  • EILC Engineering Institutions’ Librarians’ Committee
  • The Feminist Library
  • Geological Society Library
  • German Historical Institute London
  • Gladstone’s Library
  • Guardian News & Media Archive (Guardian Foundation)
  • Guildhall Library
  • Historic England Archive & Library
  • History of Parliament Trust
  • History UK
  • Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Library
  • Institute of Classical Studies Library
  • Institute of Historical Research
  • King’s College London Library Services
  • The King’s Fund (Information and Knowledge Services)
  • Lambeth Palace Library
  • Layers of London
  • Library and Museum of Freemasonry
  • Library of the Society of Friends
  • The Linnean Society of London
  • London Metropolitan Archives
  • London School of Economics
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Marx Memorial Library & Workers’ School
  • The National Archives Library
  • National Maritime Museum, Caird Library & Archive
  • National Portrait Gallery: Heinz Archive & Library
  • Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
  • Queen Mary University of London Archives
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Royal College of Nursing Library and Archive Service
  • Royal College of Physicians library and archives
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Library
  • The Royal Society
  • Salvation Army International Heritage Centre
  • Senate House Library
  • Shakespeare’s Globe
  • SOAS (University of London)
  • Special Collections & Archives, Goldsmiths University of London
  • The Stationers’ Company
  • TUC Library at London Metropolitan University
  • UCL Library Services
  • University of Cambridge – Archive Collections
  • University of Leicester Library
  • University of Manchester The John Rylands Library
  • University of Westminster Archive
  • Warburg Institute
  • Wellcome Library
  • Wiener Library
  • The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries




Talks programme

Watch here
Video of sessions ‘Using archives and libraries’ and ‘Archiving Institutions’. Unfortunately videos are unavailable for the subsequent sessions.


Using archives and libraries

  • Katie McElvanney (Cambridge University Library) and Katya Rogatchevskaia (British Library), Collaboration between researchers and libraries: training and collection-based projects
  • David Luck (London Metropolitan Archives), Archive references- grasping nettles and standing on quicksand

Archiving Institutions

  • Speaker cancelled
  • Anne Archer (BT Heritage & Archives) and Karen Sampson (Lloyds Banking Group Archives), Explore business records
  • Dongkyung Shin (KCL), Partnerships in Universities: a central role of the University of London at the end of empire

Digital tools and methods

  • Amy Todd (IHR), Layers of London; a online, map-based history project with a dynamic public engagement programme
  • Harry Raffal (University of Hull), Research Using Web Archives and Archived Websites: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Louise Seaward (Bentham project, UCL), What next after digitisation? Handwritten Text Recognition of historical documents with Transkribus

Researching people across collections

  • Paul V. Dudman (University of East London), The Past in the Present: Orienting Research, Scholarship and Practice in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies around Archives and History
  • Howard Falksohn (Wiener Library), Kathrin Pieren (Jewish Museum London), Daniel Albon (London Metropolitan Archives), Clare George (Institute of Modern Languages Research / Senate House Library), Jewish history, the Holocaust and refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe
  • Magda Oldziejewska and Gail Chester (Feminist Library) and Susan Croft (Writer, Curator, Director of Unfinished Histories), Feminist libraries and archives: working at the intersection of archiving, art and activism

From fiction to truths: different uses of sources

  • Kate Morrison (Writer), Building fiction from fragments: writing a Black British character from historical archives.
  • Anna Faherty (Writer and consultant, Strategic Content / Honorary Lecturer, Department of Information Studies, UCL), Constructing engaging stories from library and archive material
  • Galadriel Ravelli (University of Bath), Making history through judicial archives: challenges and opportunities of judicial sources


Women’s History

Blog posts about history collections on the theme of Women’s history compiled in the lead-up to History Day 2018.