The Gerald Aylmer Seminar 2017

24 Feb 2017, 09:00 to 24 Feb 2017, 17:00
Conference / Symposium
IHR Wolfson Conference Suite, NB01/NB02, Basement, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

The Gerald Aylmer Seminar 2017
Strongroom to Seminar: archives and teaching in higher education

The Gerald Aylmer Seminar 2017 will consider the role of archives in higher education teaching. It will focus on the critical questions which surround how academics and archivists can build on a strong tradition of collaboration to engage in creative and innovative pedagogical practice. Just as teaching methods have evolved within higher education, so have the expectations of the modern student. In a digital world, the experience of how a new generation of researchers interact with archival resources has changed dramatically. What then is the role of document based teaching in this shifting landscape? How can technology be used to enhance the learning experience? What other insights does teaching with archival material in higher education bring?

Following the keynote by Professor Jo Fox, the seminar will offer three themed sessions in which speakers will address issues from multiple archival and scholarly perspectives. Session one ‘creator as teacher’ focuses on an established collaboration between archivists and academics based on the works of John Ruskin, who left his extensive collection with the specific aim of it being used as a resource for educating future generations. Other speakers will reflect on their innovative teaching practices involving archival material, including the use of digital collections and data sets, and the ways archivists can take an increasingly active role in shaping students’ engagement with archival collections. 

The seminar is free and open to all, but advanced registration is required.
All lunch and refreshments will be provided.

For a provisional programme please click here

To compliment the Gerald Aylmer Seminar 2017, The National Archives, in collaboration with the IHR and RHS, are running a professional development workshop on teaching using archival collections.

The aim of this event is to network with peers involved in undergraduate teaching, discuss shared experienced, and address key issues surrounding the practical implementation of innovative pedagogical practice. Learning from the experience of a number of academic and archival professionals, attendees should leave with new and refreshed ideas about how to integrate document based learning into their teaching.

All history postgraduates or early career researchers who teach in higher education (or will be in the near future) are welcome to attend

This is a free event with places offered on a first come, first served basis. Tea and coffee on arrival and lunch are included.

This event will be held on Saturday 25 February at The National Archives in Kew, one day after the Gerald Aylmer Seminar.

To book your place at this event please click here.


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