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  • How can early career historians engage a diverse range of audiences with their research?
  • How can we collaborate with different communities in the research process and knowledge sharing?
  • How can we communicate our research widely and effectively within and beyond academia?

Historians/Audience/Communities is a free event organised by History Lab Plus that aims to address these questions for the early career historian. 

Featuring a keynote lecture on ‘Histories, Publics and Power’ by Professor Catherine Fletcher (Director of the Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage, Manchester Metropolitan University), the event will provide the tools and time to look outward, make connections, and think beyond the traditional parameters of academic work. 

The main programme for the day will comprise of a series of talks from our event partners: Manchester University Press, Archives Plus, Manchester Histories, and the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE (Race Archives and Community Engagement) Centre, University of Manchester.

A ’History Open Mic’ will follow in the evening at the Portico Library on Mosley Street.



10:00-10:15 |Welcome from HistoryLab+  

10:15-11:15 | Histories, Publics and Power with Professor Catherine Fletcher (Director of Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage Manchester Metropolitan University) 

11:15-11:30 | Break (Tea/Coffee provided) 

11:30-12:15 | Publishing for Academic and Commercial Audiences: Manchester University Press 

12:15-13:15 | Engaging with Local Archives and Local People: Archives Plus, Manchester Central Library (talk and tour of the archives)

13:15-14:15 | Lunch (please note that lunch is not provided) Reconvene at MCL at 14:15 

14:30-15:15 | Working in Partnership with Communities: Manchester Histories 

15:15-16:00 | Lianne Smith, Archivist and Library Manager at the Amhed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre University of Manchester 

16:00-16:15 | Break (Tea/Coffee provided)

16:15-16:45 | On Screen: Short film screening 

| Closing remarks: Dr Kathy Davies (Early Career Historian and Outreach and Partnerships Officer, HistoryLab+)

Evening History Open Mic at the Portico Library 18:30 - 20:30 

An informal social event that invites historians, heritage professionals, librarians, local history enthusiasts, and any other volunteers to take the stage for up to 5 minutes and share a bit of themselves. You might introduce your work, tell a story or personal anecdote, perform a song or musical piece, give a poetry reading, or even open yourself up to 21 questions from the audience. You’re also welcome to just come along to watch. No pressure, the choice is yours. The event is open to all participants and spectators. Drinks will be available to purchase from the bar, but food will not be served.

All welcome- this seminar is free to attend but booking in advance is required.

Registration for this event will close on 22 June 2023.