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27 July: 12.00-18.00 | Woburn Suite, Senate House South Block
28 July: 09.00-15.00 | Wolfson Conference Suite, Senate House North Block

History Lab+ is a national network of early-career historians, of people in the latter stages of a PhD or with a PhD in History or a related discipline, working within or outside of academia. It is affiliated with the Institute of Historical Research. History Lab+’s committee works with the Institute of Historical Research, learned societies, and academics and other professionals across multiple sectors to provide members with tailored support including training, opportunities to network with each other and with more established professionals, resources, and a programme of events showcasing recent historical research and projects. We define early career as broadly as possible and aim to be an open and inclusive organization. This event is our first annual conference. 

Ours is a time of challenges. The value of historical caretaking, research, and teaching is increasingly being measured and questioned. Jobs are scarce and too often fixed-term; never has it been more expensive to pay for accommodation and utilities, even to eat. It is surely time to tackle an urgent, complex question head-on: how, where, and why do humans ‘make’ history? This conference will address the histories of 
  • traditional and non-traditional research and learning spaces: libraries and archives; schools, universities, and homes; museums; minds; virtual realities;
  • academic disciplines;
  • history and History pedagogies;
  • the historiographical canon, what and who it excludes;
  • how history has been shared or made public;
  • the role of history and historians within societies;
  • industrial action in the academic, heritage, and publishing sectors;
  • health and history-work;
  • history making.

It will also explore the future of historical research by considering projects that apply atypical methods and/or technologies, involve collaboration between job sectors or countries, are interdisciplinary, and have attracted new audiences.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Sarah Wride (History Lab+ Co-Chair; University of York)
  • Coreen McGuire (History Lab+ Diversity Officer; Durham University)
  • Laura Flannigan (History Lab+ South Regional Ambassador; University of Oxford)
  • Mike Reeve (History Lab+ Committee; Open University)
  • Jaipreet Virdi (University of Delaware)
  • Kate Wilcox (Institute of Historical Research)
  • Ruth Slatter (Institute of Historical Research)


To be considered for a bursary for travel and accommodation expenses please contact the History Lab+ Conference team at:

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

Registration for this conference will close on Friday 21 July 2023