Day School in Local History, Winter 2017
The Institute of Historical Research is delighted to announce the return of its training programme for local historians, now in its sixth year. In 2017 we have a brand new format; we shall be holding two day schools: a winter school in February, which will cover local history in general, and a summer school in July, devoted specifically to London history. Both will follow the established pattern of blending exciting and inspirational reports and lectures on recent and ongoing local history projects with practical instruction and workshops in skills and techniques for developing study of your own localities.
The theme of the winter school this year is 'Local history from things: material culture and objects'. We shall be exploring how to use everyday objects to explore the history of local areas. Often overlooked or disregarded, material culture nevertheless has an enormous amount to offer the local historian; our world is constantly defined and constructed by the spaces we inhabit and the things that we use. To understand people in the past it is every bit as important to be able to appreciate things as the written word; it is vital to equip ourselves with the skills to do this and to recognise how objects both shape and are shaped by our horizons and aspirations.
The school is open to all those keen to expand or update their skills in local history research.
Through practical advice and example, students of the school will learn how to broaden and enrich their own local history projects, as well as having the opportunity to meet specialists and other researchers and to discuss their own work.
Speakers will include:
- Dr Nick Barratt (University of London)
- Kris Strutt (University of Southampton)
- Stephanie Ostrich (Museum of London Archaeology)
For those attending from outside London we recommend booking accommodation for the summer school either in University of London halls of residence or in inexpensive local hotels. Details of both are available from the University of London Housing Service.