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The events of the past 18 months have fundamentally changed how, as archivists and historians, we now work—individually and collaboratively. In this year’s Gerald Aylmer Seminar, we invite archivists and historians of all kinds to come together to take stock of the extent, implications and future of these changes. Under the theme of ‘New Ways to Work: future directions for archival and historical practice’, we want to consider how archivists and historians are working now, having been forced to make difficult decisions, to adapt and often to innovate in what we do and how we engage with one another. But in addition to looking at what’s changed, we are also looking to future ways of working: how do we best move forward in a relationship that won’t ‘return to normal’.


Pre-event content
We’re doing things a little differently this year. All of our speaker talks are available to watch in advance and our live event will be focused on speaker Q&A and discussion.

You can watch our YouTube playlist or follow links to individual videos. Each video is around 5-10 minutes long.

We would like to invite all attendees to watch these talks in advance and come along to the live event ready to participate in speaker Q&A and break-out room discussion.  

We’re incredibly lucky to have a selection of expert speakers from across the archives and history world reflecting on some of the changes of the past 18 months and what they mean for the future of archival and historical work. 

Virtual registration board
We may not be meeting in person this year but we’d love it if you could pop by our virtual registration desk to say hello.

Take a few moments to create a virtual badge – introduce yourself and share a photo, if you like. You can also take a look at who else is coming along to this year’s event.


Gerald Aylmer Seminar Programme

Our event programme is focused on speaker Q&A and break-out room discussion, and is now available to download.


We’re excited to hear from our audience at our live event – what do you think historical and archival practice should look like in the future? 


Please only register for the GA Seminar if you are willing to participate in the break-out session.

Background on the Seminar

The Gerald Aylmer Seminar is an annual one-day symposium jointly convened by and the Institute of Historical ResearchThe National Archives and the Royal Historical Society

The purpose of the Gerald Aylmer Seminar is to bring together historians and archivists to discuss topics of mutual interest, particularly the nature of archival research and the use of collections.



This event is free to attend, but booking is required. It will be held online with details about how to join the virtual event being circulated via email to registered attendees 24 hours in advance.

Image CreditThe National Archives, Mechanical flying machine, COPY 1/464 (34).