The 8 July 2021 marks the exact date 100 years ago of the IHR’s opening ceremony. 

To celebrate our centenary we are planning a day-long global online birthday event- starting at 11am BST with a final panel at 6pm (BST). We will be bringing together leading historians from around the globe to celebrate our centenary. 

From Osaka to Lagos via Cape Town and Washington, our panellist will comment on the state of the discipline within their country or region, consider the opportunities for collaborations and creating connections, and what part the IHR should play, as the UK’s national centre for the study of history, for the next 100 years. 

Chairs include Dr Diya Gupta, Professor Mary Vincent and Professor Catherine Clarke

The day will also include messages from IHR Centenary Patrons- Shahidha Bari, Mary Beard, Sir David Cannadine and Roly Keating.

Professor Jo Fox
, Dean of SAS & Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Public Engagement with the University of London- former IHR Director will open the day. 

Join us for what will be a celebration of the discipline of history as we think back and look forward.


Session 1: 
11am - 12.15pm BST
: Dr Diya Gupta(IHR Past and Present Fellow: Race, Ethnicity, and Equality in History)

Session 2
: 2.00 - 3.15pm BST

ChairProfessor Mary Vincent (Professor of Modern European History, University of Sheffield, UK)

  • Professor Vivian Bickford-Smith (Emeritus Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Dr Eva Namusoke (Writer, Historian, and Consultant, Institute of Commonwealth Studies Fellow, Kampala, Uganda)  
  • Dr Cécile Feza Bushidi (Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer, The MacMillan Center Council on African Studies
    Department of the History of Art, Yale University, USA)
  • Dr Felix Oludare Ajiola (Lecturer in the department of History & Strategic Studies, University of Lagos, Nigeria)
  • Professor Amina Elbendary (Amina Elbendary (Associate professor & chair of Arab and Islamic civilizations, The American University, Cairo)  

Session 3: 6.00 - 7.30pm BST

Chair: Professor Catherine Clarke (Director of the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community- IHR)

This session will end with a few words from the newly appointed IHR Director Professor Claire Langhamer

All welcome

This event is free to attend, but booking is required. It will be held online with details about how to join the virtual event being circulated via email to registered attendees 24 hours in advance.