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Gerald Aylmer seminar, 2020: 'Co-production and collaboration in the archive'

Event type
Conference / Symposium
Event dates
, 9:30AM - 4:15PM
The National Archives Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU
+44 (0) 20 8876 3444

What are the opportunities, and challenges, of working collaboratively with archivists, academics and community groups?

Join us for the 2020 Gerald Aylmer Seminar which this year takes as its theme ‘Co-production and collaboration in the archive’. Through the day we’ll discuss, analyse, and learn from, a range of collaborative projects—as seen from the perspectives and experience of archivists, historians and community practitioners.

The day will be structured around three elements relating to the Structure, Practice and Value of co-production and collaborative work. These three areas enable us to consider the ‘life cycle’ of a range of co-produced projects: from origins and planning, to their operation, to lessons learned, and value added once a project is completed.

In addition to these themes, we’ll pose (and ask speakers and attendees to address) three key questions for the day: ‘what is co-production’; ‘when is co-production most effective’, and ‘what implications does co-production have for the value and ethics of research?’

In keeping with this year’s theme, there will be time for panel and audience discussion throughout and we invite attendees to consider any thoughts on the conference topics in advance of the day.

The Gerald Aylmer Seminar is an annual one-day symposium jointly convened by The National Archives (TNA), the Royal Historical Society (RHS) and the Institute of Historical Research, University of London (IHR).

The Seminar brings together historians and archivists (broadly defined) to discuss topics of mutual interest, particularly the nature of archival research and the use of collections. Running since 2002, the seminars are named for the historian Gerald Aylmer (1926-2000), who was president of the Royal Historical Society and Chairman of the Historical Manuscripts Commission.

Full programme of speakers available via the Eventbrite booking page