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IHR Summer School teaching staff


Teaching for the IHR Summer School brings together historians and researchers with a shared interest in the value and uses of 'History Now'.

Each day's course is run by a combination of IHR academic and research staff, working with leading historians as guest lecturers and speakers.

Who teaches on the IHR Summer School?

'History Now' teaching is provided by the Institute's academic staff, selected Senior Research Fellows, its digital and publishing staff, and by leading historians who offer guest lectures and research master classes. The annual programme is overseen by the School's co-directors, historians Dr Philip Carter and Dr Hannah Elias from the IHR.

IHR Summer School academic co-directors

Our academic staff

The IHR's academic and training staff cover a wide range of research interests, from early medieval Europe to late 20th-century Britain. They're also experts in approaches to the past, including public history; history, truth and fake news; digital history; history and public policy; and history and co-production.

IHR historians will curate each day of the Summer School and lead the afternoon seminars, training workshops and 'History extra' sessions.

IHR Summer School guest lecturers include:

Dr Adam Crymble is one of the UK's leading digital historians and a co-creator of the international Programming Historian website. Adam will contribute to the Thursday morning session (17th) on digital history and the use of new technologies in historical research.

Rachel Crossley is Director of the East End Women’s Museum, an organisation which began in 2015 as a social media campaign, and which is working towards moving to a permanent physical home in Barking in 2021. Rachel joins the IHR Summer School for the Wednesday morning panel discussion on 'History, Policy and Activism'.

Dr Lucy Delap is Reader in Modern British and Gender History at Cambridge University. Her research covers gender history, the history of feminism, print culture, labour history, disability and religion. She  is also a  leading member of the influential History and Policy network.

Lucy joins the Summer School to present the Wednesday masterclass on history and public policy formation.

Professor Catherine Hall is one of the UK's best-known historians of relations between Britain and Empire in the nineteenth century. She is Emerita Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History at University College London, and chair of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership at UCL.

Catherine will give the morning guest lecture on Monday 13th when we consider the relationship between History and Place.

Professor Ludmilla Jordanova is one of the UK's best known historians, with a specialism in the history of visual culture. She is the author of History in Practice (3rd edition, 2018) which is a key guide to historical research used by students and teachers worldwide. For the IHR Summer School, Ludmilla will give the 2020 'Historical Research Lecture in Historical Practice' (evening, Wednesday 15th July).

Sundeep Lidher is a historian of post-war British citizenship and immigration policy. A specialist in public engagement, she is also co-lead on the award-winning project, Our Migration Story ( Sundeep will contribute to the Wednesday morning session (15th) on 'History, Policy and Activism'.

Polly Russell is Lead Curator for Contemporary Politics and Public Life at the British Library. She is also a well-known food historian, journalist and history broadcaster for BBC television.

Polly will lead the Wednesday afternoon visit to the British Library. Here she will discuss her role as principal curator for the Library's major new exhibition, 'Unfinished Business: the Fight for Women's Rights', which opens in April 2020.

Our historical methods and training staff

The Institute is also home to staff members skilled in historical methods and training. They include specialists in digital tools, text analysis, digital and historical mapping, 3D imaging and printing, publishing and scholarly communications for historians. IHR technical staff will lead the afternoon training workshops.

IHR Summer School administrative staff