On 19th November 2020, 10:00-17:00, online via zoom there will be a day of interactive events for students, researchers & history enthusiasts to explore library, museum, archive and history collections across the UK & beyond This year, History Day coincides with the Being Human festival, the UK’s national festival of the humanities, whose theme for 2020 is New Worlds. Over 50 libraries, museums, archives and history organisations across the UK will come together online to take part in talks and share collections & resources. Join us and collaborators across the globe to explore new worlds through some of the UK’s most treasured collections and how we are capturing history for the future. Find out more at the History Collections blog. More information about the contributions from other organisations will be available soon SESSION 1 – History in the Making: Archiving 2020 for the Future 10:00-11:00 GMT The session will bring together projects and organisations that have begun work to archive key events in 2020 such as the lockdown and Black Lives Matter. With five micro-presentations representing a variety of archiving projects, this session will showcase a variety of responses to the events of 2020. Contributors: Jason Webber (British Library, chair) Fiona Courage (Mass Observation) Rhoda Boateng (Black Cultural Archives) Julia Alcamo (All We Have: Stories from the pandemic) The ‘micro-presentations’ from each of the contributors will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Audience members will also be invited to contribute to an interactive segment to create their own “archive” of the year 2020. SESSION 2 – Exploring History in the Digital World 14:00 – 15:00 GMT This session will bring together libraries, archives and history organisations to showcase their latest digital projects and discuss the impact of the closure of cultural institutions during lockdown. We will explore the behind the scenes work to make collections available, the engagement of new audiences and how institutions are using the experience to work towards developing a sustainable future for digital history. Contributors: Jane Winters (School of Advanced Study, chair) Jonathan Blaney (IHR, British History Online) Katherine Howells (The National Archives) Claire Séguret (Bibliothèque nationale de France) Isabel Holowaty (Bodleian Library) Maria Castrillo, (Senate House Library) The session will include ‘micro-presentations’ from each of the contributors followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. SESSION 3 – New Approaches to Local and Community History: Show & Tell Organised in conjunction with the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community 16:00-17:00 GMT This session will showcase innovative new projects and creative approaches to documenting local and community history. Each contributor will highlight one object which represents some aspect of their local and community history work and practice. Contributors: Catherine Clarke (IHR, Centre for the History of People, Place and Community, chair) Gary Tuson (History Begins at Home) Tom Hughes (Dumfries and Galloway Museum) Aimee Baruwa (Young Historians Project) Tom Hughes (Dumfries and Galloway Museum) Daniella Gonzalez and Claire Kennan (British Association for Local History) Colin Hyde/Helen Foster (Unlocking Our Sound Heritage/East Midlands Oral History Archive) Following ‘micro-presentations’ from each contributor, we will invite session participants to share their own ‘Show and Tell’ object on screen. Throughout History Day, we will also encourage followers on social media to do their own ‘Show & Tell’ to highlight the importance of documenting local and community history.
How to book: Register online at: https://www.history.ac.uk/events/history-day-2020