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Home Truths: secrets and discoveries in family history

There are secrets kept and discoveries to be made in every family's history. With the growth of digital resources, it’s never been easier to uncover hidden pasts close to home.

 

Join leading family historians and IHR staff for this panel & workshop on how we research our family histories. Part of the 2019 Being Human Festival.

Event type
Workshop
Event dates
, 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Address
London Metropolitan Archives
Speakers
Dr Alison Light, author of 'Common People' (2014) and Honorary Professor at UCL, Dr Mark Curthoys, Senior Editor at the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Dr Julia Laite, Reader in Modern History at Birkbeck, University of London, and Director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre
Contact
ihr.events@sas.ac.uk
020 7862 8740

About this event

There are secrets kept and discoveries to be made in every family's history. And with the growth of digital resources, it’s never been easier to uncover hidden pasts close to home.

 

'Home Truths' is an opportunity for people researching their past to meet and discuss family history with academics and archivists working in this field. Organised as a panel discussion and workshop, we'll explore why we're so interested in unexpected discoveries, how to write about our families, and the ethics of family history: for example what responsibilities do we have to protect the wishes of our ancestors who sought to keep certain things secrets? Family historians are all specialists in their personal subject and we’ve much to learn from one another.

 

This is an event in the 2019 Being Human Festival (14-23 November) on the theme of ‘Secrets and discoveries’. It’s organised by the Institute of Historical Research with London Metropolitan Archives.

 

About the speakers and workshop facilitators

Professor Alison Light is a writer and historian. She is an honorary professor in the Department of English at University College, London, Honorary Professorial Fellow at Edinburgh University and a Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford. She is the author of the much-acclaimed Mrs Woolf and the Servants and Common People. The History of an English Family (2014), which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Her new book, A Radical Romance. A Memoir of Love, Grief and Consolation is published with Penguin in October 2019.

Dr Mark Curthoys is Senior Editor at the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and a member of the Oxford History Faculty. Mark is a specialist on researching personal histories, especially with access to digital resources. As Senior Editor he makes regular decisions on when to include personal stories in a work of national history.

Dr Julia Laite is Reader in Modern History at Birkbeck, University of London. She has recently been given a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award to run a series of workshops on migration, crime and family history. Julia is the Birkbeck Director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre and oversees various public history projects.

For the Institute of Historical Research: Dr Hannah Elias, Academic and Public Engagement Manager, and Dr Philip Carter, Senior Lecturer in British History.