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Making History is the product of a one-year Institute of Historical Research (IHR) project (funded by the University of London’s Vice-Chancellor’s Development Fund).
The aim of the project was to develop a major online resource tracing the ‘Making of History’ in the past century and more, including audio recordings of interviews with historians, statistical material, an image gallery, and newly-commissioned contextual essays and studies.
It should be stressed that the selection of particular historians, journals, organisations, projects and even themes is recognised as being necessarily highly subjective, and certainly does not indicate that any IHR stamp of approval is being conferred on those represented here.
Rather, the intention has been to provide an introduction to the development of the subject and, it is hoped, to open a debate as to further inclusions, as to the criteria behind the selections and indeed as to the value of the resource per se. Suggestions and feedback are very welcome.
Four main areas have been focused upon:
Historians – the individuals who have loomed large in the discipline, and shaped its progression and development, for example the great economic historians of the 1920s and 1930s, many of whom were based in the University of London, and the leading lights behind the foundation of the journal Past and Present in the 1950s.
Organisations and projects – the institutions and organisations which have played a leading role in the practice and teaching of history, from the ground-breaking department of local history established at the University of Leicester in 1948 to the IHR itself, as well as the great research projects in the development of the discipline, including the History of Parliament and the Victoria County History.
Themes – the dominant themes and movements which have emerged since the beginning of the 20th century, including the question of the future and the lessons can the profession draw from its own history.
The project officer (Danny Millum) has been responsible for commissioning articles, conducting interviews and assembling content for the resource, under the supervision of Dr Matthew Davies (Centre for Metropolitan History, IHR) and Dr Jane Winters (Publications Department, IHR), and reporting to an Advisory Board including representatives from the Royal Historical Society and the University of London Heads of History.
The design and implementation of the website have been performed by the IHR Web Team, and particularly Martin Steer.
The help of the following in providing the articles and interviews found on this website is gratefully acknowledged:
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