A day in the life, your life: History Day 2016

It’s not just his story, but her story too. It’s our story in fact, and the annual History Day created by Senate House Library (SHL), the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and the Committee of London Research Libraries in History has come around again to extend the pleasure and relevance of historical research to all of us.

Are you thinking of doing some historical research, perhaps for a final-year dissertation, postgraduate work, or out of personal interest? Are you an information professional who want to meet other librarians and archivists working with historical collections? Do you want to hear librarians, archivists and leading historians discuss the state of the discipline?

History Day is a unique event for undergraduate and postgraduate students, early-career researchers and anyone interested in history. Join us on 15 November to meet librarians and archivists from across London (and beyond) to find out what they have to offer you and your research.

You can participate in a series of historical debates and panel sessions, including a discussion on public history with Professor Lawrence Goldman (IHR), Dr Alix Green (Essex) and Dr Suzannah Lipscomb (NCH). The day includes an open history fair showcasing libraries, archives and organisations, offering individual advice for your research.

‘It seems particularly timely to be hosting a discussion on public history by leading practitioners, given the recent debates on historical commemoration and the prominence of history in the TV schedules’, explains Dr Matthew Shaw, the IHR librarian.

Jordan Landes, SHL’s research librarian in history says ‘History Day is special in providing researchers with direct contact with so many librarians and archivists in one place, opening the doors to outstanding collections in London and beyond.’

Panel sessions include:

  • Public history, 10.30–11.15am (Professor Lawrence Goldman, Dr Alix Green and Dr Suzannah Lipscomb)
  • Libraries versus archives! 11.30am–12:30pm: Dr Julian Harrison(British Library); Isobel Hunter (The National Archives); Victoria Northwood (honorary secretary, British Records Association); Dr Richard Espley (SHL) and Lesley Ruthven, Goldsmiths)
  • Digital research, 2–2.45pm
  • Keep calm and use business archives! 3.15–3.45pm: Dr Roy Edwards


History Day takes place on 15 November 2016 in Senate House, Malet Street, London, W1CE 7HU, 10am–4pm.

For all enquiries, please contact historyday@london.ac.uk, or 020 7862 8771 for press enquiries.