Seminars & Events

Check back here regularly for forthcoming seminars from IHR Public History and affiliated events.


21 October, 5:30pm – What is public history in light of the recent refugee crisis?

Prof David Feldman (Pears Institute, Birkbeck, University of London) Prof Peter Gatrell, (University of Manchester), Susie Symes (19 Princelet Street), Juliano Fiori (Save the Children)

As part of a series of seminars addressing the question of “What is public history?”, our first seminar of the academic year will examine the role of history in the context of the recent refugee crisis.

Venue: Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR, North block, Senate House


29 October, 10:00am-5:00pm – Public History Workshop

The Royal Historical Society in partnership with the Public History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research

It is anticipated that the workshop will become an annual event, which every second year will also celebrate the award of one postgraduate and one undergraduate prize in public history, in conjunction with the Historical Association.  Part of the workshop will be devoted to discussing how a vibrant community of research and practice can be developed in Britain and what support students and early-career researchers need. The idea behind the workshop is to give those at the beginning of their academic lives a supportive forum to share their ideas, make contacts and help shape the future of the field.

The workshop is free and refreshments will be provided on the day, but no travel bursaries are available for this first running of the workshop.

Keynote speakers:

Professor Justin Champion, Professor of the History of Early Modern Ideas at Royal Holloway, University of London, and President of the Historical Association.

Professor Pamela Cox, Professor of Sociology, University of Essex, and presenter of the BBC series Shopgirls: the True Story Behind the Counter and Servants: the True Story of Life Below Stairs.

Professor Ludmilla Jordanova, Professor of History and Visual Arts and Cultures, Durham University, Trustee of the Science Museum Group and chair of its collections and research committees, and author of History in Practice and the Look of the Past. Visual and Material Evidence in Historical Practice.

See the event page for full programme and booking (places are free but must be reserved)


19 February 2016, 5:15pm – Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage

Rosie Sherrington (Historic England), Alison Oram (Leeds Beckett University), Justin Bengry (Birkbeck, University of London and Leeds Beckett University)

‘Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage’ is a collaborative initiative between Leeds Beckett University and Historic England to explore the relationship between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) history and the country’s buildings and spaces. The project aims to show that LGBTQ heritage is a fundamental part of our national heritage and to improve knowledge of, and access to, this diverse history. As part of this project we are using crowd sourcing techniques in the mapping the widest range of historical LGBTQ locations across England. A key feature of this initiative is engagement with the community, who are encouraged to identify sites of LGBTQ historical significance including everything from commercial and leisure locations, interiors and outside spaces, national historic sites and even domestic spaces in both the recent and more distant past. When completed the project will include not only the interactive map, but also an online exhibition, guidance packs for heritage and community groups, a teaching pack for use in schools, and other outputs. After the recent success of the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern being listed as Grade II on the basis of its significance to LGBTQ history and heritage, we hope to recommend further locations for listing and amend the descriptions of currently listed buildings to identify their LGBTQ historical significance.
Website: historicengland.org.uk/prideofplace
Interactive Map: mapme.com/prideofplace

Co-hosted with the Public history and Digital history seminars Starting at the earlier time of 17:15

Venue: Room S246, 2nd floor, South block, Senate House

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