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IHR Bulletin September 2020

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

Autumn events and workshops

Many of the Institute’s regular seminar series begin again – online – in the week commencing Monday 28 September. Details of individual series are available, as are single sessions via the IHR’s full calendar listing. New meetings will be added in the coming weeks.
See full events calendar listing
In September the IHR begins a series of partnership events for 2020-21 with the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture at Williamsburg, VA.
The first event (Weds 30 September) considers new history writing and digital publishing, and asks ‘What can historians do for themselves?’
With contributions by UK and US historians from the American Historical Association, African American Intellectual History Society, and the Sussex Humanities Lab. Booking here.
September also sees a new Autumn programme of online training from the IHR’s Centre for the History of People, Place and Community (CHPPC). Forthcoming topics include: ‘Analysing Settlement and Landscape’, ‘Reading and Writing Buildings’ and ‘The National Archives, the Medieval State, Early Modern Litigation’. You can catch up with our first event, ‘Cartography and Mapping for Publication’, 'as well as recordings of all the Centre workshops, on the CHPPC Events Archive page. Here you’ll also find details of the CHPPC seminar programme for Autumn 2020.
See the CHPPC seminar programme
The IHR’s annual workshop for new research students takes place online on Tuesday 29 September. This afternoon session will introduce the Institute’s resources, services and activities, and show how the IHR can help with your research – online and onsite. Booking here.

On 29 October, the IHR will host a training session on Researching British History Online. This will give you an overview of two digital resources and two library digital collections to support your research into British History. Whether you are looking to expand your bibliography or discover new resources and tools, this is the ideal session to get some new ideas on how to conduct research in an online environment.

The speakers will introduce you to the following resources:

The session will be particularly useful for students and staff at the University of London, but everyone with an interest in British History is welcome to attend. 

This session is organised collaboratively between the Institute of Historical Research and Senate House Library.

Book now
Selected IHR events are also added to the Institute's new Events Archive which now includes the 2020 Historical Research lecture (‘Writing histories of 2020’) and this year’s Gerald Aylmer Seminar (‘Co-production and collaboration in the archive’) with The National Archives and Royal Historical Society.

IHR Library and online guides

IHR Library staff are currently working on plans to provide limited reader access to the Institute’s reading rooms. The situation, of course, remains fluid and further updates will be made available on the IHR website (main homepage and Library area), as well as via Twitter channels for the Library (@IHR_Library) and Institute (@ihr_history). We recommend you check regularly for new announcements.
Library staff continue to extend the two crowdsourced guides launched online in recent months.
Our guide to ‘Teaching British histories of race, migration and empire’, in association with the Runnymede Trust, now includes links to over 100 free online resources. The guide to ‘Free and open content for research’ now links to 750 online resources of interest to students, lecturers and members of the heritage and GLAM sectors.
Resources range from primary source collections (text, image, maps and audio) to databases, online reference works and websites for research projects and historical societies.

Centre for the History of People, Place and Community

Recent additions to Layers of London include a set of late-1660s plans and maps to mark the 354th anniversary of the Great Fire. New Layers webinars from August and early September include ‘Material culture in Roman London’, ‘Uncovering Camberwell’, ‘DIY Building Archaeology’ and ‘London’s Prehistory’ – all are now available on the Layers of London YouTube channel.
This month also sees publication of the latest Red Book from the Victoria County History of Essex: St Osyth to the Naze: North-East Essex Coastal Parishes, edited by Christopher Thornton, which features on the IHR Blog, as does a 3D mapping project to recreate Leeds’ wartime history by CHPPC board member, Henry Irving of Leeds Beckett University.
On 12 October 2020, the IHR will be launching its first ever MOOC (a free ‘massive open online course’), created by the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community, in collaboration with University of London WorldWide, Coursera, and many exciting projects and partners. ‘Applied Public History: Places, People, Stories’ will introduce fascinating stories from history, explore projects which make history, engage others and do co-production in imaginative and effective ways, and enable participants to build their own toolkit. Stay in touch with the IHR online for further details and course links on the launch date.
Explore the Centre

Early modern petitions on British History Online

British History Online (BHO) recently completed its project to digitize and publish 2526 early modern petitions, as part of The Power of Petitioning project, led by Dr Brodie Waddell (Birkbeck) and Professor Jason Peacey (UCL). The final BHO set, 732 petitions submitted to the House of Lords, ranges from matters of state during the civil wars to personal requests for clemency.
The complete BHO series of petitions also includes submissions to magistrates in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Westminster and Worcestershire, between 1573 and 1799. As a project concerned with recovering ‘hidden histories’, this is an important new departure for British History Online and one we’re keen to pursue.

Bibliography of British and Irish History - new teaching resources for 2020-21

For the 2020-21 academic year, BBIH editors have created a new resource pack for history lecturers and students. Short videos and guides, for embedding in VLEs, explain how the Bibliography may be used in undergraduate teaching. Further videos for third-year undergraduates and MA / PhD researchers will be added shortly.
The next update of the Bibliography (available from early October) adds records of 4125 new publications (books, articles, chapters, theses) published in 2019 and 2020, plus links to 1200 academic reviews of books already listed in BBIH. More details forthcoming on IHR Twitter and the Blog.

New IHR publications as Open Access

Available from 30 September: Matthew Kerry’s Unite, Proletarian Brothers! is a study of radicalism during the Spanish Second Republic, 1931-6.
This is the latest title in the New Historical Perspectives series, from the IHR and Royal Historical Society, published by University of London Press. 
Unite, Proletarian Brothers! is available as a free Open Access pdf, via JSTOR OA, in hard and paperback print and as an ebook.

This month we republish Administering the Empire, 1801-1968 by Mandy Banton. An essential introduction to British colonial rule, Administering the Empire provides a comprehensive guide to Colonial Office records at The National Archives.
Administering the Empire is now available as a free Open Access edition from University of London Press.
This is the third IHR Open Access reissue of the summer, earlier titles being: European Religious Cultures, edited by Miri Rubin, and The Creighton Century, 1907-2007, 11 celebrated essays from the Creighton Lecture series, including contributions by Eric Hobsbawm, Keith Thomas and Jinty Nelson.

Historical Research

The new issue of the IHR’s journal, Historical Research (August 2020), is now available. Articles include Karina Urbach’s ‘Useful idiots: the Hohenzollerns and Hitler’ and Susan Doran on ‘1603: a jagged succession’.

IHR Partnership Seminars - application deadline 16 October

As part of its mission to support and facilitate history research and practice across the UK and beyond, the IHR has announced a new programme of online Partnership Seminars, to launch from January 2021.
The seminars will connect historians of all kinds, nationally and internationally, each with convenors from three separate institutions. We now welcome applications—from historians working collaboratively at universities, museums, galleries and other organisations—for the first three online Partnership Seminars. The final date for applications is 16 October 2020
More on the seminars

Keep in touch

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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