Event type
Other Events
Event dates
, 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Online- via Zoom
020 7862 8740

A day of online interactive events for students, researchers & history enthusiasts to explore library, museum, archive and history collections across the UK & beyond  

This year, History Day coincides with the Being Human festival, the UK’s national festival of the humanities, whose theme for 2020 is New Worlds. Over 50 libraries, museums, archives and history organisations across the UK will come together online to take part in talks and share collections & resources. Join us and collaborators across the globe to explore new worlds through some of the UK's most treasured collections and how we are capturing history for the future.  

Find out more at the History Collections blog. More information about the contributions from other organisations will be available soon

SESSION 1 - History in the Making: Archiving 2020 for the Future

10:00-11:00 GMT

The session will bring together projects and organisations that have begun work to archive key events in 2020 such as the lockdown and Black Lives Matter. With five micro-presentations representing a variety of archiving projects, this session will showcase a variety of responses to the events of 2020. 


  • Jason Webber (British Library, chair) 
  • Fiona Courage (Mass Observation) 
  • Rhoda Boateng (Black Cultural Archives) 
  • Julia Alcamo (All We HaveStories from the pandemic) 

The ‘micro-presentations’ from each of the contributors will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Audience members will also be invited to contribute to an interactive segment to create their own “archive” of the year 2020.  

History in the Digital World

14:00 – 15:00 GMT

This session will bring together libraries, archives and history organisations to showcase their latest digital projects and discuss the impact of the closure of cultural institutions during lockdown. We will explore the behind the scenes work to make collections available, the engagement of new audiences and how institutions are using the experience to work towards developing a sustainable future for digital history.   


  • Jane Winters (School of Advanced Study, chair) 
  • Jonathan Blaney (IHR, British History Online) 
  • Katherine Howells (The National Archives) 
  • Claire Séguret (Bibliothèque nationale de France) 
  • Isabel Holowaty (Bodleian Library) 
  • Maria Castrillo, (Senate House Library) 

The session will include ‘micro-presentations’ from each of the contributors followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. 

eApproaches to Local and Community History: Show & Tell

Organised in conjunction with the Centre for the History of PeoplePlace and Community 

16:00-17:00 GMT

This session will showcase innovative new projects and creative approaches to documenting local and community history. Each contributor will highlight one object which represents some aspect of their local and community history work and practice. 


  • Catherine Clarke (IHR, Centre for the History of People, Place and Communitychair) 
  • Gary Tuson (History Begins at Home)  
  • Tom Hughes (Dumfries and Galloway Museum)  
  • Aimee Baruwa (Young Historians Project)
  • Tom Hughes (Dumfries and Galloway Museum) 
  • Daniella Gonzalez and Claire Kennan (British Association for Local History)
  • Colin Hyde/Helen Foster (Unlocking Our Sound Heritage/East Midlands Oral History Archive)  

Following ‘micro-presentations’ from each contributor, we will invite session participants to share their own ‘Show and Tell’ object on screenThroughout History Day, we will also encourage followers on social media to do their own ‘Show & Tell’ to highlight the importance of documenting local and community history. 

To see the full programme of events for the day visit the History Collections website. Full details of additional sessions being run by other organisations and virtual collection tours are available.

To secure your place at History Day 2020, use the ‘book now’ button above. Don’t forget to indicate which sessions you will be interested in attending. 

All welcome
 This event is free, but booking is required. History Day 2020 will be held online with details about how to join the virtual event being circulated via email to registered attendees 24 hours in advance. 

Each sessions online waiting room will be open 15 minutes before the start of each session.