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Join us on the afternoon of Friday 15 July for the culmination of the IHR’s year-long Centenary celebrations: a festival of history in all its forms, bringing together stalls from organisations across the UK, mini-events and workshops, networking and social spaces, and an evening panel discussion on The Future of History.

Come along and meet historians, discover resources and projects, and join the conversation about the next hundred years of history – and beyond. 

Tea and coffee will be available throughout the afternoon in both the IHR and Macmillan Hall.

Keep in touch via on Twitter @IHR_History #OurCentury. 

There is no need to register for the day activities during the festival, but registration for the concluding evening event is essential.

Festival Programme at the IHR

IHR Library Tours

Meet outside IHR reception at the entrance to the IHR. The tour will introduce the IHR library’s collection of historical sources. 

Tours will begin at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

Memories of the IHR

Join us in the IHR Common Room and online to share your fondest memories of the IHR.

Share your memory online via the IHR Online Memory Wall.

Talking History

Join us in the IHR Wolfson Conference Suite 3:30-4:30pm for presentations with:

  • Daniel Snowman- discussing historians he’s known. 
  • David Manning- focusing on seminar convenors and the history of the seminars 
  • David Bates- focusing on his professional life-time's relationship with the IHR
  • Amara Thornton- discussing her work on women who attended the seminars early on in the Institute’s history 


Explore the exhibition showing highlights from the IHR’s London collections and resources.

Festival Programme in Senate House

History Festival

Location: Macmillan Hall
Time: 2:00 - 5:30pm

Join us in the Macmillan Hall to discover what you can learn about the discipline.

Future History Manifesto: Zine-Making Workshop

Location: Macmillan Hall
Time: 2:00-5:30pm

What’s your vision for the future of history? What should history research and practice look like in 100 years’ time? What are your hopes for the field? Drop into this workshop at any time during the afternoon, to make your ideas into your very own zine.

Future History Beetle Drive: 15 July 2122

Location: Macmillan Hall
Time: 2:00-5:30pm

What happened on 15 July 2122 – one century in the future from today? Drop by the Future History Beetle Drive and use our clever game grid to write your own mini history of the future…

Senate House as an Historical film venue

Departing from Macmillan Hall, Philip Murphy, the director of History & Policy, will lead a series of 25-minute tours of Senate House, exploring the various uses to which the building has been put as a location for the filming of dramas and historical movies. Films referenced in the tour will include The Day of the Triffids (1963), An Englishman Abroad (1983) Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) Richard III (1995) and No Time to Die (2021).

Tours at 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 4:30pm.

Scavenger Hunt

Time: Throughout the afternoon
Place: Start by picking up your quiz sheet in Beveridge Hall.

How well do you really know the IHR? Follow the clues around the building to find out in the fastest time and win a suitably erudite prize!

The Future of History- Evening panel discussion

Location: Beveridge Hall
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Register: via the event page.

Since 1921, the IHR has championed the value of history and has supported historians working within, and beyond, the academic discipline. In this roundtable we look to the future, asking what it holds for history and history-making. Our invited panel will offer their own perspectives on the challenges and possibilities facing future generations of historian before we open the session up for discussion and debate.

The event will be followed by a reception to which everyone is invited.

This session will be chaired by IHR Director, Professor Claire Langhamer.


  • Emma Griffin (Professor of British History at UEA & President Royal Historical Society)
  • Michael Wood (Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester)
  • Janina Ramirez (Research Fellow in History of Art, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford)
  • Valerie Johnson (Director of Research and Collections at The National Archives)
  • Olivette Otele (Professor of the History of Slavery at the University of Bristol and Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society)
  • Rana Mitter (Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, and a Fellow of St Cross College at the University of Oxford)
  • Mel Jones (Education and CPD manager at the Historical Association)

Booking is required for this event.

More information and how to register can be found on the event page.