History seminars at the IHR

Archives and Society

Convenors: Jenny Bunn (University College, London), Alan Crookham (The National Gallery), Valerie Johnson (The National Archives), Jenny Haynes (The Wellcome Trust) 

For information and enquiries, please contact: Valerie Johnson (The National Archives) on valerie.johnson@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk

Venue: Olga Crisp Room 102, 1st floor, IHR, North block, Senate House unless otherwise stated


Time: Tuesdays, 5.45 pm


Some podcasts from this seminar are available online

Autumn Term 2014
DateSeminar details
30 September Recent Research in Archives and Records Managemen

Various (University College, London)

Fabiana Barticioti -Tracing steps: an exploration on documenting theatrical dance in the UK.
Madelin Evans – Exploring the influence of the architecture and environment of reading rooms on handling of archives by readers
Tito Magrini - Expanding Context: Personal/Artist Archives and the Importance of Documenting Sites of Creation.
Nancy Charley – Archive Access and Memory
Fiona Laird: From Syphilis to Tadpoles: An experimental investigation into expressions of personality in the archive.
Kat Petersen - "Nobody's Grandmother Lives There": The role of the archive for the community on Ascension Island

Venue: Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR, North block, Senate House

14 October Digital Sensitivity Review

Tim Gollins (Glasgow/TNA)

11 November The Aesthetic Archive

Michael Takeo Magruder ( King's College, London)

25 November Commemoration of the First World War

Leah Chapman (The National Archives / Imperial War Museum)

9 December Collection and Concealment: Archiving the Transgressive at Senate House Library, University of London

Richard Espley ( Senate House Library, University of London)

Spring Term 2015
DateSeminar details
20 January Information Governance for Social and Economic Research Best Practice: The Administrative Data Research Centre for England project

Elizabeth Shepherd and Alexandra Eveleigh ( University College, London)

3 February Company numbers: a key resource in tracing businesses and their records.

Alex Ritchie (The National Archives)

27 February The Gerald Aylmer seminar 2015: Secret histories

Hosted by the Royal Historical Society, the Institute of Historical Research, The National Archives and The British Library.   
Secrets are both an invitation and a challenge to archivists and historians. They demand our attention, but present us with a range of methodological and interpretive problems. This year's Gerald Aylmer Seminar will address key questions raised by secrecy in history. How do archivists and historians engage with private and official secrets? How do we move between different categories of blocked communication? What do attempts to conceal information tell us about issues of power and sensitivity in various historical contexts?

The programme has three panel sessions with short presentations and open discussion.

The event is free but space is limited. To reserve a place, please complete the booking form via the link below and send it to research@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk

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3 March The Challenges of the Franko B Archive

Bex Carrington and Jo Elsworth tbc (Bristol Theatre Collection)

17 March Archiving the Arts

Fleur Soper (The National Archives)