Call for participation
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.
History and Archives in Practice (HAP) is a new annual event, building on its partners’ long experience of hosting events bringing archivists and historians into close conversation.
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 is ‘Collecting Communities: Working together and with collections’ and we now invite you to participate with a talk, panel or activity for our new-look event.
HAP2023 will take place at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, on Wednesday 29 March 2023. Then, from 2024 we’ll be taking HAP across the country, partnering with UK archive centres, large and small, to learn more about their collections and good practice in the archives.
HAP2023 speaks to the diverse and unique nature of historical research – creating new possibilities for researchers and practitioners to collaborate, co-produce and reconsider how we work with history and archives. This event acts as a space in which colleagues at any career stage and from diverse specialisms can share, learn and network, embracing new ways to exchange knowledge while also exploring unique and varied ways of working with history.
HAP2023 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).
We now invite proposals for ‘History and Archives in Practice, 2023’, on the theme of ‘Collecting Communities: Working together and with collections’. We welcome submissions from historians and archivists alike, especially those recently or currently involved in collaborative projects. Contributions to HAP2023 will explore the intersection between history, archives, collections and research, and reflect on shared practice across and between disciplines.
HAP2023 is particularly keen to to highlight and support smaller organisations, underrepresented collections and marginalised voices, as well as new and emerging research. Topics of discussion may include:
- Collecting the contemporary (for example: born digital collections, collecting contemporary events and/or historicising the contemporary: how are archivists and historians working together when creating a collection?)
- Designing a project: how are historians and archivists using collections to shape programmes of research and engagement?
- New ways of engaging with archives: insights into contemporary collecting practices and their use in historical research
- Working with diverse collections and sensitive histories
- Cross-sector collaborations
- Promoting and accessing collections
- Working with and/or building research communities
- Advocating for history: working with and/or in smaller organisations, researching underrepresented collections, championing new research, and the value of greater appreciation of the past.
Please submit an abstract (300 words) by Friday 16 December using this form.
The new format of ‘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. Suggested formats include:
- 20-minute papers
- Interactive workshops
- Full panels on a chosen topic (3-4 speakers with chair, 15-20 minutes per speaker)
- Introductions to specific collections and their potential for historical research
- Demonstration and handling sessions, introducing attendees to selected items from your collections, and their potential in research
- Other proposals and formats for communicating activity, experience and research are also welcome as we look to move on from traditional conference models
Previous seminar topics:
2021: New Ways to Work – future directions for archival and historical practice (watch the short videos from our speakers here)
2020: Co-production and collaboration in the archives (listen to audio recordings of the 2020 seminar)
2019: Digital and the archive
2018: Diversity among the documents? The representation of BAME communities within the UK’s archives
2017: Strongroom to seminar: archives and teaching in higher education
2016: The Experience of the Archive