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IHR Bulletin November 2020

Welcome to the IHR Bulletin for November 2020. Here we provide news from the Institute, plus updates on current and forthcoming IHR activities and events.

Join us for History Day, 19 November

History Day 2020: join us online on 19 November for a day of celebrating and discovering history collections. There will be a range of live sessions and pre-made content from over 50 libraries, archives, museums and other organisations. Sessions include collection and resource tours, Q&As and panel discussions on subjects including Archiving 2020, Local and Community history and Digital history. 

The event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s national festival of the humanities.​ 

Sign up to attend History Day

IHR Library opening from 5 November

Despite new lockdown restrictions in England, the IHR Library currently remains open and available for booking in line with the timetable since late September: Monday to Wednesday, 11:00 to 15:00.
Information on how to book a desk for an appointed day is available here. Library staff are also able to offer a limited enquiry and scanning service. Opening times may change so please do check via the website or via the IHR Twitter account.

IHR announces new Partnership Seminars, 2021-22

We are delighted to announce a series of new online Partnership Seminars, in collaboration with historians of all kinds and with institutions across the UK and internationally.
Designed as a space for timely interventions in current and emerging research areas, the Partnership Seminars will open up inter-disciplinary and cross-sector dialogues, bring together different approaches and expertise on selected themes, and forge new collaborations and networks across the UK and beyond. 
After an open call for proposals, we were overwhelmed by the number and high quality of applications, and thank all those who took time to prepare submissions. We are delighted to have been able to increase capacity to support ten Partnership Seminars. 
The seminars for 2021-22 range from environmental humanities and histories of the Anthropocene, to history of health, medicine and wellbeing, global histories, politics and risk, and seminars on historical practices, resources and challenges for the profession.
A full listing is available, with further details of the seminars and the convening teams (and institutions) added to the IHR website shortly.

Full listings and details here

Researching British History online

The video of our recent training workshop, ‘Researching British History online’ (29 October), is now available.
Co-organised by the IHR and Senate House Library, the workshop provides introductions to four key resources for studying British and Irish history: the Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH), British History Online (BHO), Mass Observation Online, and the IHR’s Library’s new guide to ‘Teaching British histories of race, migration and empire’.
The workshop also created a listing of 30 additional digital resources for studying British history which is free to download here.
Other new event videos include ‘Reading and writing historic buildings’, the latest training session from the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community (CHPPC), and ‘Digital publishing in the 2020s’, jointly hosted by the IHR and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

Forthcoming events in November and December

A listing of all forthcoming Institute events is available via the website. They include academic seminars from the IHR’s extensive seminar series, plus workshops, book launches and training sessions.

Highlights in November and December include: the regular IHR Fellows’ Seminar, which showcases new research from the Institute’s 2020-21 early career fellows; the next two sessions in the CHPPC’s research training programme; and a panel discussion marking the launch of Utopian Universities, a new essay collection on global higher education in the 1960s (10 December).
See full IHR Events listings here

The IHR Annual Fund and internship programme, 2020-21

Last year, our Annual Fund donors helped us raise just over £30,000; a wonderful contribution to the work taking place at the IHR. Such support also shows a faith in the IHR and its people that is inspiring.

We now turn to this year’s fund, which will be slightly different to the last. Given that we are all still working from home, we’re unable to send or receive post (which unfortunately means we won’t be able to process cheques). The appeal will therefore take place entirely online and via email. 

If you would like to support a great variety of activity across the IHR by making a donation to the Annual Fund you can do so here. Thank you.
In October, we launched our IHR internships programme for which we need to raise £5,000 to provide approximately 10 paid internships to early career historians in 2021. 

Since then, we have raised £2,300! Thank you to our generous supporters. 

If you would like to learn more and make a donation to this programme, please follow this link.
Learn more and donate

Research and teaching online: IHR guides and resources

To assist with online teaching and research at this time, the IHR has put together a set of downloadable guides and webpages.

IHR Publishing 

Available from 30 November: Sarah Goldsmith’s Masculinity and Danger on the Eighteenth-Century Grand Tour rethinks the Tour as a rite of passage for the social elite.
This is the latest title in the New Historical Perspectives series, from the IHR and Royal Historical Society, published by University of London Press. 
Masculinity and Danger on the Eighteenth-Century Grand Tour will be available as a free Open Access pdf, via JSTOR OA, in hard and paperback print, and as an ebook.
Now available: Ibstock, a VCH Short title from the Victoria History of Leicestershire, by Pamela J. Fisher.
The latest addition to the VCH Short series was published in late October and is available in paperback print.
Ibstock is a large village 15 miles north-west of Leicester and the subject of the third VCH Short from Leicestershire. In the 1620s its church was held by William Laud, later archbishop of Canterbury, and Ibstock is now home to one of the UK's biggest brick manufacturers.
The November 2020 issue of the IHR journal, Historical Research (out soon), will include articles by the early career historians Mimi Goodall and Jack Sargeant who were winner and runner-up in this year’s IHR Pollard Prize. Mimi’s article considers sugar consumption in British America, 1650-1720, and Jack’s the 1649 treason trial of the Leveller, John Lilburne.
The November issue will also include Keith Allcorn’s study of the early nineteenth-century trade in exotic plants and text versions of this year’s Historical Research Lecture, ‘Writing histories of 2020: first responses and early perspectives’, with contributions from Richard Vinen, Claire Langhamer and Kevin Siena.
Visit the IHR Publications page

History & Environment: a new blog series and call for posts

Starting in January 2021, we launch a new series of essays on the IHR blog dedicated to current research on histories of the environment. The series will feature think pieces and provocations from historians well known for their work on the global history of environment and climate.
In addition to these commissioned articles, we also invite submissions from scholars working in this area, with a particular focus on early career historians. Our series invites historians to showcase their research on climate change, the environment, and ecology, as well as reflect on its relationship to current debates. If you’d like to share your research please read the call for posts and get in touch.
Other recent posts from the IHR blog, ‘On History’, include a listing of resources relating to Black British History; Matthew Kerry’s study of perceptions of fascism in mid-century Spain; Philip Carter on early modern petitions added to British History Online; and Catherine Clarke’s introduction to the IHR’s new MOOC in ‘Applied Public History: Places, People, Stories’.
The IHR MOOC—a free ‘Massive Open Online Course’—was launched on 12 October with University of London WorldWide, on the Coursera platform.
Led by the IHR’s Centre for the History of People, Place and Community, ‘Applied Public History: Places, People, Stories’ introduces learners to understanding and interpreting the past today, and engaging diverse communities in the practice of making and sharing histories.
The course draws on project case studies, expert insights and diverse perspectives to model exciting approaches to researching and sharing the history of places and people. We hope it will be of use as a professional development opportunity, for academics interested in exploring approaches to public history and impact, historians working in a wide range of contexts (heritage sector, museums, etc.) and individuals interested in local and community history.

Keeping in touch with the IHR

Keeping in touch is now more important than ever.

News and updates are available via the IHR’s Twitter account. Our blog, ‘On History’, also includes regular commentaries on Institute activities and essays from guest historians. You can also contact us via social media or via the website.

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