History Day 2022

History Day 2022

History Day 2022 took place on Thursday, 17 November. The theme was Human Discovery: Experiencing Science. We explored collections on the history of science and technology in its broadest sense, including the everyday experiences and impacts of science and technology on ordinary people.

Discover collections

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 Day 2022 was part of the Being Human festival.


People’s health histories and public policy

17 November, 11.00-12.30 GMT | Online 

Can history help us analyse past medical crises and shape public health policy? What can history collections reveal about these histories? This session explored the history of vaccinations and health crises and how understanding this can help to navigate and deal with modern medical crises. We explored how library, archive and museum collections capture and document the effects and public experiences of health policy.

The session consisted of a series of lightning talks followed by a discussion, highlighting how the work of historians and collections professionals contributes to our understanding of these histories.


The session was chaired by Professor Philip Murphy, Director of History and Policy at the Institute of Historical Research.

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Everyday Technology Firsts: Panel Discussion and Interactive Session 

17 November, 14.30-16.00 GMT | Online 

How has new technology transformed the lives of ordinary people over through history? In this session people were invited to share their own ‘Everyday Technology Firsts’, and discover stories from collections and projects. Memories, pictures and stories were shared on our special Padlet and on Twitter, using hashtag #TechFirsts.


The session was chaired by Professor Catherine Clarke, Director of the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community at the Institute of Historical Research.

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