Following HAP23, which took place at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London (Wednesday 29 March 2023) we are looking to take HAP across the country and partner with UK archive centres, large and small, to learn more about collections and good practice in the archives.

We are inviting organisations and institutions to submit their interest in becoming a partner for the forthcoming HAP24 event.
Please complete the form by Friday 7th July.

Please note that you must be able to host #HAP24 in March 2024.

The form asks organisations to consider the following:

  • Why partner with HAP?
  • Details about the proposed venue (including accessibility provisions)
  • Technical provisions
  • Catering provisions
  • Access to and engagement with collections.

‘History and Archives in Practice’ encourages a wide range of formats that best showcase a collection and the experience / lessons of collaborative working between archivists and historians on shared projects. We are particularly keen to to highlight and support smaller organisations, underrepresented collections and marginalised voices, as well as new and emerging research. 
About ‘History and Archives in Practice’:

A partnership of The National Archives, Royal Historical Society, and the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, ‘History and Archives in Practice’ (HAP) is where historians and archivists come together to consider shared interests in archive collections, their interpretation and use. 

Central to HAP is a focus on archival and research ‘practice’: creating opportunities to demonstrate and discuss how we work with historical collections, and what historians and archivists can achieve collectively. By making ‘practice’ central to HAP, we’ll also make more of collections – with time to learn about selected archives and how historians and archivists work better together.

The theme for HAP2023 was ‘Collecting Communities: working together and with collections’ and took place at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, on Wednesday 29 March 2023. You can find out more about our HAP23 and watch the recording of the events in the IHR Events Archive.

In addition to our in person event, which explored 14 projects where historians and archivists are working together to recover, interpret and present our past, we also had video contributions from international projects and organisations. We then met online to continue our conversations on the intersections between history, archives, collections and research, and reflect on shared practice across and between disciplines. These videos can be found on YouTube.

HAP is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of sex, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion (or lack thereof). You can find out more about our collective goals, the history of our collaboration and our values here.