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History Day 2022

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A day of online interactive events for students, researchers & history enthusiasts to explore library, museum, archive and history collections across the UK & beyond

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History Day is a day of online interactive events for students, researchers & history enthusiasts to explore library, museum, archive and history collections across the UK & beyond.

This year the theme is Human Discovery: Experiencing Science. We will be exploring collections on the history of science and technology in its broadest sense, including the everyday experiences and impacts of science and technology on ordinary people.

Libraries, museums, archives and history organisations from across the UK and beyond will come together online to share collections and resources. Join us and collaborators across the globe to explore these collections with two interactive sessions and a wide variety of content featured in our Discover Collections gallery and on social media using the hashtag #HistDay22.


People’s health histories and public policy  

17 November, 11.00-12.30 GMT | Online 

Can history help us analyse past medical crises and shape public health policy? What can history collections reveal about these histories? This session will explore the history of vaccinations and health crises and how understanding this can help to navigate and deal with modern medical crises. We will explore how library, archive and museum collections capture and document the effects and public experiences of health policy. 

The session will consist of a series of lightning talks followed by a discussion, highlighting how the work of historians and collections professionals contributes to our understanding of these histories.   

The session will be chaired by Professor Philip Murphy, Director of History and Policy at the Institute of Historical Research.  



Everyday Technology Firsts: Panel Discussion and Interactive Session 

17 November, 14.30-16.00 GMT | Online 

How has new technology transformed the lives of ordinary people over through history? Join this session to share your own ‘Everyday Technology Firsts’, and discover stories from collections and projects. When did you first get a telephone – or a cordless ‘phone, or a mobile? What labour-saving appliance was a game-changer for you or your family? Do you remember your first email? Whether you were an early adopter or a late-starter, join the conversation and share your memories, pictures and stories on our special Padlet or on Twitter, using hashtag #TechFirsts

The session will be chaired by Professor Catherine Clarke, Director of the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community at the Institute of Historical Research.   



For more information, go to the History Collections website and make sure to follow the hashtag #HistDay22 on social media.

History Day 2022 is part of the Being Human festival.


Find out more at the History Collections(Opens in new window) website. More information about the contributions from other organisations are listed on the programme.

History Day is a free annual one-day event that is created collaboratively between the Institute of Historical Research and Senate House Library(Opens in new window).