History Day 2020
History Day 2020
History Day 2020 took place on Thursday, 19 November. This page links to recordings and pre-made content from the event.
Libraries, museums, archives and history organisations from across the UK and beyond came together online to share collections and resources. Contributions can be explored via the Discover collections archive page. You can view recordings of the sessions below.
History in the Making: Archiving 2020 for the Future
The session brought together projects and organisations that began work to archive key events in 2020 such as the lockdown and Black Lives Matter. With five micro-presentations representing a variety of archiving projects, this session showcased a variety of responses to the events of 2020.
- Jason Webber (UK Web Archive/British Library, chair)
- Fiona Courage (Mass Observation)
- Rhoda Boateng (Black Cultural Archives)
- Julia Alcamo (All We Have: Stories from the pandemic)
- Brendan Cormier (V&A)
- Will Massa (BFI)
The ‘micro-presentations’ from each of the contributors will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Audience members will also be invited to contribute to an interactive segment to create their own “archive” of the year 2020.
The John Rylands Library – Let’s Talk about Food: In Conversation on the New World
Be the first to watch a new film and take part in a live Q&A around the food adventures of European settler colonists in the Americas. Historian Dr Rachel Winchcombe (University of Leeds) and plant scientist Professor Amanda Bamford (University of Manchester) discuss how the same foods are now shaping debates about sustainability and environmental change. Filmed on location in the beautiful and historic surroundings of The John Rylands Research Institute and Library.
Archives Portal Europe
This session presents the new interface of Archives Portal Europe, with new tools for research, including crowdsourcing work.
Introducing the Archives Hub
Jane Stevenson, JISC
This webinar introduces the Archives Hub, a service for you to search across archive descriptions held at over 350 institutions across the UK.
The National Archives – Live Twitter chat
The National Archives‘ records specialists will be tweeting about their areas of expertise and their favourite items in the collections. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions to specialists during this time. The National Archives’ Research team will also be tweeting about other resources, programmes and events that might be of interest to historians and students.
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine – Decolonising the LSHTM Archives
In response to LSHTM’s decolonisation project and the Black Lives Matter movement, the archives have begun to re-examine the collections we hold, the stories we tell and the role we can play in critically engaging with the School’s colonial legacy. In this session, the LSHTM Archivist & Records Manager will give a brief outline of our Decolonising the Archives principles and action plan, and Dr Lioba Hirsch, Research Fellow on the Decolonising LSHTM: History and Legacy project will provide an overview of the project which aims to understand the consequences of LSHTM’s engagement with the British Empire for research, teaching and the institutional development of the School. There will be a short Q & A session.
Exploring History in the Digital World
This session brought together libraries, archives and history organisations to showcase their latest digital projects and discuss the impact of the closure of cultural institutions during lockdown. We explored the behind the scenes work to make collections available, the engagement of new audiences and how institutions are using the experience to work towards developing a sustainable future for digital history.
- Jane Winters (School of Advanced Study, chair)
- Jonathan Blaney (IHR, British History Online)
- Katherine Howells (The National Archives)
- Maria Castrillo (Senate House Library)
- Linda Arnold-Stratford (British Library)
- Mia Ridge (British Library)
The session included ‘micro-presentations’ from each of the contributors followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.
Working Class Movement Library – Begin the World Over Again: radical thoughts & actions for radical times
Join a team of artists from Walk the Plank, members of the Library’s writing group and academic guests from the University of Salford as they introduce and discuss six podcasts about the Working Class Movement Library’s collection, parallels with our contemporary situation and what the future might look like. The podcasts will be available to listen to after the event.
Science Museum – Collecting Covid -19: the challenges of collecting objects, archives and ephemera during the pandemic
The Science Museum Group has been collecting objects, archival material and ephemera relating to the current pandemic since before the lockdown. In this session there will be with a virtual panel of staff from the Group, including the Keeper of Medicine and others, to discuss the challenges of creating such a collection at this difficult time, specifically the practicalities, ethical issues, emotional concerns, intellectual approaches to decide what to collect, political aspects, the role of social media, and the unforeseen benefits arising from coordination within the Group and with other organisations collecting similar material. The panel would then be able to answer participants’ questions.
Explore collections with this range of collection tours…
Guildhall Library is taking part in History Day 2020, a day of online interactive events for students, researchers & history enthusiasts to explore library, museum, archive and history collections across the UK & beyond.
Join us for an interactive talk where you will have the opportunity to find out more about our collections and resources.
The John Rylands Research Institute and Library – Tour and Q&A
Join us online for a live lockdown tour around the most popular spots in The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester. Meet virtually members of our Visitor Engagement Team who will share stories around the architecture and history of the library. Then catch up with Curators to find out more about resources and how to tailor your research around collections held here.
The Linnean Society of London
The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest learned society devoted to the biological sciences, and has in its care several internationally important collections, including those of the Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus, and the Society’s founder, Sir James Edward Smith. Designated a collection of outstanding importance by the Arts Council England in 2014, the holdings of the Linnean Society (which include library, archive and biological material) provide an unsurpassed resource for the study of natural history.
Join us on History Day for an introduction to select items from the collections, led by Will Beharrell (Librarian), and Liz McGow (Archivist), followed by a Q&A and discussion session with the wider Collections Team, including Isabelle Charmantier (Head of Collections) and Andrea Deneau (Digital Assets Manager).
LSE Library – Stats and more: Recently digitised economic history material London
Join Indy Bhullar, Curator for Economics and Social Policy, as he introduces some of LSE Library’s newly digitised Economic History collections. This includes full runs of some key statistical and official publications on a wide variety of topics, covering the 19th – 20th centuries and that can aide researchers of many hues. Titles in the collection include the Labour Gazette, The Annual Report of the Registrar General and plenty more.
Jisc – Old world science, new world science: History Day 2020 collection tour
Royal College of Nursing Library and Archives – A Virtual Tour of the RCN Archives
As part of the Institute of Historical Research and Senate House Library’s History Day 2020, the RCN Archives Team are excited to be hosting a one-off virtual tour of the collections in their care. The RCN Archives house over 150 years of Nursing history – representing everything from the daily lives of working nurses to the political campaigns that shaped the sector as a whole. At this event we’ll be introducing you to the treasures of the collection, including the letters of Florence Nightingale, and the service scrapbooks First World War military nurses.
There’s so much to explore, and we can’t wait to show you around!
Treasures from Bromley House Library
Discover the secrets of Nottingham’s hidden library! Founded in 1816 as Nottingham Subscription Library, the organisation moved 5 years later to Bromley House, where we are still based today. Join Anja Thompson-Rohde, the Librarian for Special Collections and Conservation, as she introduces this hidden gem and shows a few of the more unusual and beautiful books from our 200 years of collecting.
King’s College London Archives & Special Collections
Welcome to King’s College London’s Archives & Special Collections! This informal session with staff from the Foyle Special Collections Library, the College Archives and Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, explored the huge range of material held in the collections – printed books, pamphlets and periodicals, maps and manuscripts, slides and photographs, objects and artefacts, and original documents dating from the 15th century to the present day. It told researchers how to access the collections during the COVID-19 pandemic and the digital resources available online to support research, particularly in:
- World history
- Languages and literatures
- History of science
- Medicine and nursing
- Military and defence studies
- Travel and exploration
- History of Modern Greece
- Empire and Commonwealth
- History of King’s College London and its merged institutions
LSE Library – A guided tour of LSE Library Archives
This 20 minute talk will introduce some of the main archives and special collections at LSE Library. These will include collections in the Women’s Library as well as the Hall-Carpenter archives, material relating to welfare and social security, Brexit, peace and internationalism, and more. We will also outline some of our digital holdings and explain how to find archives using our catalogue.
New Approaches to Local and Community History: Show & Tell
Organised in conjunction with the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community
This session will showcase innovative new projects and creative approaches to documenting local and community history. Each contributor will highlight one object which represents some aspect of their local and community history work and practice.
- Catherine Clarke (IHR, Centre for the History of People, Place and Community, chair)
- Gary Tuson (History Begins at Home)
- Aimee Baruwa (Young Historians Project)
- Tom Hughes (Dumfries and Galloway Museum)
- Daniella Gonzalez and Claire Kennan (British Association for Local History)
- Colin Hyde and Helen Foster (Sounds at the University of Leicester)
Following ‘micro-presentations’ from each contributor, we will invite session participants to share their own ‘Show and Tell’ object on screen or via the online chat. Throughout History Day, we will also encourage followers on social media to do their own ‘Show & Tell’ to highlight the importance of documenting local and community history.
History of Parliament for Local Historians
The History of Parliament’s published volumes, blogs and digital resources offer a treasure trove of information for local historians. A video describing the constituency data included in our volumes and how this information can be used to research and tell local histories will be available to view throughout the day. We will host a live Q&A session with specialists from our range of time periods, explaining how the History of Parliament works for Local Historians.
Protests and Suffragettes virtual walking tour
Celebrating Rent Strikers and Scottish Suffragettes: Mary Barbour and other Strong Women of the Clydeside
Protests and Suffragettes is a creative project led by a team of artists, activists, & local historians working to recover & re-voice the histories of women activists in Glasgow UK. Join digitally for a virtual tour of Govan, Glasgow, UK as we highlight and celebrate the work of Mary Barbour and the women who made up her ‘army’. Learn about the 1915 Rent Strike Campaigners, Govan’s Suffragettes, and other important Clydeside activists – from their own words.
A ‘watch party’ will be held on Facebook with a Q&A in the chat afterwards.