Event type
Summer School
Event dates
- , 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
020 7862 8740

The IHR's 2020 Summer School -- 'History Now' -- runs at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, between Monday 13 and Friday 17 July 2020.

The School explores the most exciting and important topics facing History and historians today.

How do we use and misuse the past in the present? How does history shed light on the urgent questions we face today? How do historians think about time, place and space? How is History being shaped by digital technologies? How might History change in the coming decade? 

The IHR Summer School combines lectures, masterclasses, seminars, hands-on training, field trips and student presentations.

The five-day School is taught by a combination of the IHR’s specialist academic and training staff, plus guest lecturers who are leading historians in their field. They’ll provide an expert guide to today’s themes, both in theory and practice.

The IHR Summer School is designed for researchers at all career stages, and people looking to better understand key issues facing History, present and future.

For the IHR 2020 Summer School we’re bringing together people who know the past matters, now more than ever. 

Teaching on 'History Now' will be led by the Institute's academic staff and senior fellows, and by guest lecturers from academia, heritage, publishing and the media. In a relaxed and welcoming environment, we'll explore some of the key areas of current historical research, and the changing ways in which we can engage with the past. Themes include:

  • History and the environment
  • Public history
  • History and activism 
  • Digital history
  • Race and 'decolonisation'
  • History and locality, space and place
  • New histories of time
  • Gender and identity
  • The future of history 

We'll also be making use of the IHR's central London location to undertake visits to local museums and galleries to see history in practice.
'History Now' will provide a guide to those starting out on their research, and an opportunity for established teachers and researchers to refresh their knowledge of current and forthcoming themes in historical practice.

Standard Admission: £650

This price includes refreshments and lunch, but does not cover any accommodation costs.
To see a list of accommodation to book visit the History Now staying in London website.

Full guide to 5 days of teaching & activities