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Bookings are now closed for the IHR & SHL Sessions, but there is still time to register for the external sessions taking place. You can also be involved by following #HistDay20 on twitter.

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

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)  
  • Brendan Cormier (V&A) 
  • Will Massa (BFI)

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) 
  • Maria Castrillo, (Senate House Library) 
  • Linda Arnold-Stratford (British Library)
  • Mia Ridge (British Library)

The session will include ‘micro-presentations’ from each of the contributors followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. 
Please note that this session is fully booked, but will be recorded and made available after the event has taken place.

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)
  • 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. 

Find out more at the History Collections website. More information about the contributions from other organisations are listed on the programme. You need to sign up for those separately where you see a Sign-up link.

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.