The IHR @ 90

In 2011 the Institute of Historical Research turns 90. We are the oldest such Institute in the world. Since 1921 we have been running a unique open access library, seminars and conferences, innovative research projects, and through our fellowship and training programmes, supporting generations of younger scholars from around the globe.

To mark the Institute’s birthday we are hosting a year-long celebration of other notable milestones of 1921. In that year the first PhDs in history were awarded in the UK; Marie Stopes opened her first birth control clinic; Asa Briggs, one of the UK’s most distinguished historians, was born; as was the Duke of Edinburgh.

The History PhD: Past, Present and Future

Organised in partnership with the History Subject Centre at the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Historical Society, this conference is a particularly timely discussion in light of current pressures on the arts and humanities. Speakers from a range of universities and organisations will examine the PhD of the past, what it is like to do a history PhD in 2011, and how that experience may change in the coming years. For the full programme and registration details, click here.

The Birth of the Birth Control Clinic

In 1921 Marie Stopes opened the first of her pioneering birth control clinics. Her work and its legacy and the history of family planning are explored in this one day-conference organised in conjunction with the University of Exeter. Topics to be covered include Dora Russell, maternity provision in colonial India and the history of contraception. For the full programme and registration details, click here.

Lord Asa Briggs: A Celebration

Lord Asa Briggs, one of the country’s most distinguished living historians, turns ninety this year, and he and his remarkable contribution to academic history to the development of Victorian studies, the history of communication and his role in the growth of modern universities are considered and assessed in this one-day colloquium co-hosted with the British Association for Victorian Studies.

Princes Consort in History

2011 in the 150th anniversary of the death of Prince Albert and also the 90th birthday of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. In collaboration with the Society for Court Studies, we are bringing together a range of International historians to look at the peculiar yet influential institution of the Prince Consort from the early modern era through to the 21st century. Call for papers are now open - submissions from postgraduates and early career researchers are particularly welcome. Click here for full details.