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About History and Archives in Practice (HAP)

History and Archives in Practice (HAP) is the new and rebranded version of the Gerald Aylmer Seminar run in partnership by The National Archives, Institute of Historical Research and Royal Historical Society

From 2023, HAP provides a new format and greater focus on the collections that lie at the heart of our work. It’s where historians and archivists come together to consider shared interests in archive collections, their interpretation and use. We hope you’ll join us for this first meeting of History and Archives in Practice.

#HAP23: ‘Collecting Communities; Working together and with Collections’

The theme of #HAP23 theme – ‘Collecting Communities: Working together and with Collections’ – showcases and celebrates the diverse and unique nature of historical research. Over the day, we’ll learn about 14 projects in which historians and archivists are working together to recover, interpret and present our past. 

Our speakers represent a broad range of universities and archives, large and small, from across the UK. Panels consider the rediscovery, digitising and creating of collections; the locating collections in places and communities; and collaborative working between historians, archivists and the public. Together they introduce new work in histories of the voluntary sector, unpaid labour, business, conflict, slavery and empire, family life, migration, contemporary politics and climate change, among others. In this showcase of projects, we’ll focus especially on practice – how historians, archivists and their communities work best together - to provide insights and experiences for attendees to carry into their own work.

A provisional programme for History and Archives in Practice 2023 is available to view now.

Participation is free and a limited number of bursaries, of up to £100, are available to support travel (for attendees based outside London), or to help with other costs (such as childcare) to enable attendance. If you wish to be considered for a bursary please register for the event via the 'book now' button above and then complete the bursary application form, by Friday 24th February 2023Applicants for bursaries will be notified of outcomes by Friday 3 March 2023.

#HAP23 is a space in which colleagues at any career stage and from diverse specialisms can share, learn and network, embracing new ways to exchange knowledge and exploring unique and varied ways of working with collections. We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of sex, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion (or lack thereof).

#HAP23 is an in-person event at the Institute of Historical Research. 

Please note that bookings for this event will close on 22 March 2023.