History Day 2022

History Day 2022

History Day 2022 will take place on Thursday, 17 November.

This year the theme is Human Discovery: Experiencing Science. We will be exploring 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 will come together online to share collections and resources. Join us and collaborators across the globe to explore these collections with two interactive sessions and a wide variety of content featured in our Discover Collections gallery and on social media using the hashtag #HistDay22.

History Day 2022 is 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 will explore the history of vaccinations and health crises and how understanding this can help to navigate and deal with modern medical crises. We will explore how library, archive and museum collections capture and document the effects and public experiences of health policy.

The session will consist 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 will be 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? Join this session to share your own ‘Everyday Technology Firsts’, and discover stories from collections and projects. When did you first get a telephone – or a cordless ‘phone, or a mobile? What labour-saving appliance was a game-changer for you or your family? Do you remember your first email? Whether you were an early adopter or a late-starter, join the conversation and share your memories, pictures and stories on our special Padlet or on Twitter, using hashtag #TechFirsts.

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