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History Day at DCDC21

Join us on Wednesday, 30 June (14:00-18:00 BST)
for History Day at DCDC21


History Day was created in 2014 to bring history collections closer to researchers of all kinds. For DCDC21, we are holding a special afternoon of free online events to showcase the value of collaborations between collections staff and researchers. 

The afternoon will start with a panel session featuring the Royal Society Library and the Salvation Army International Heritage Centre presenting their exciting recent projects that have created ground-breaking new research uncovering historical collections. 

There will then be a special iteration of the annual History Day fair, where you can discover history collections from across the UK and talk to the collections professionals that curate them. 

The afternoon will end with a virtual networking session for postgraduate and early career researchers hosted by  History Lab, the national network for postgraduate students in history and related disciplines.  

No matter if you’re a student, academic, independent researcher or fellow information professional, everyone is welcome. 

Important information

  • The History Day at DCDC21 event is free to attend and open to all.
  • If you have already registered, or plan to register for DCDC21, then your ticket includes access to History Day and you do NOT need to register separately.
  • History Day at DCDC21 will be held on the SpatialChat platform. You can find out about browser compatibility here. We encourage those attending to try out SpatialChat in advance.
  • Access to the virtual event space will be sent via email the day before the event. Delegates should ensure a correct email is given at registration, and should check junk folders if no email is received.


Click here to sign up for History Day at DCDC21

History Day Programme – Wednesday 30 June


14:00 – 15:00 – History Day: connecting researchers with collections 

Join us to learn about History Day, a free one-day event, organised by the Institute of Historical Research and Senate House Library, and how it brings together researchers with information professionals from libraries, archives and research organisations. Kate Wilcox (Institute of Historical Research) and Argula Rublack (Senate House Library), co-organisers of History Day, will introduce the event by showing highlights from the last History Day. We will then welcome our panellists, who will give short presentations on collection-based projects featuring partnerships between collections professionals and researchers. 

  • Ginny Mills (The Royal Society Library), Aaron Hanlon (Colby College, Maine) and Pamela MacKenzie (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin) will discuss the Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme, which offers the opportunity for early career scholars to exploit history of science collections at the Royal Society Library in support of their research in the field of intellectual history.  
  • Steven Spencer (Salvation Army International Heritage Centre) and Adam Millar (PhD candidate, University of Leicester) are working jointly on an ESRC funded collaborative doctoral award with the Salvation Army International Heritage Centre. Adam’s thesis explores the Salvation Army’s international settlements and colonies. 

This will be followed by a Q&A, chaired by Richard Espley, Head of Collections at Senate House Library. 


15:00 – 17:00 – History Day fair  

Come along to the special History Day exhibition area, where you can discover history collections from across the UK. Collections staff will showcase their collections on the virtual stands and be available to answer your questions and discuss your research or ideas for future projects.  

  • Archives Portal Europe
  • Armagh Observatory and Planetarium
  • Bethlem Museum of the Mind
  • Brunel University Archive and Special Collections
  • Guildhall Library
  • Institute of Historical Research
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Jisc
  • King’s College London Archives and Special Collections
  • The King’s Fund
  • London Metropolitan Archives
  • LSE Library
  • London School of Hygiene of Tropical Medicine Library and Archive
  • The National Archives
  • Oxford Brookes University Special Collections and Archive
  • Senate House Library

You will also be able to find out more about how you can participate in History Day 2021, taking place on 4 November.    


17:00 – 18:00 – History Day Social Hub 

This session will be hosted by History Lab, the national network for postgraduate students in history and related disciplines.  

This event is for postgraduate and early career researchers in History and related disciplines to connect, share experiences, and to foster new collaborations. The event will begin at 5pm on 30 June with a brief introduction from the History Lab Publicity Officers Natalie and Kerry in the Foyer.  After the introduction there will be five rooms available for you to enter and interact with other researchers. The five rooms are:

New starters and Early-stage Researchers

This room is a space for people who are starting a new project, in the early stages of their postgraduate career, or who will be beginning a PhD in the near future. You will be able to meet people at a similar stage to you and discuss both the aspects of research that you are excited about and anything that you find challenging. This room is an ideal place to find out what new research is going on across the UK, and to discuss any archives and collections that you plan on using during the course of your research.

Themes and Methodologies

Connect with people working on similar topics! This room will be divided into different historical themes and methodologies. Move around the room and find others who are interested in similar areas to you. Or alternatively, find people working on entirely different areas for a new perspective. If there is no group for the theme/methodology you are working on, you are welcome to create your own.

Time Periods

Like the themes and methodologies room, this room allows you to find people who are working in a similar chronology to you. The room will be divided into different historical periods for you to mingle and connect with your fellow researchers.

Life beyond Research

Life as a postgrad/ECR is not all about research. In this room, you will be able to share what you do in your free time, what other activities you take part in, and chat about your experiences of being a postgrad/ECR in the pandemic. We will provide some fun starter questions to get you thinking and chatting with others.

Collaborations and Engagement

At History Lab, we are dedicated to helping people to promote the History activities going on throughout the UK. If you have a call for papers, a research network, or a conference/seminar series that you would like to promote, you can do so in this room. You will be able to upload images and posters to shout out your event. You can also post text in the chat for others to see.  If you are looking for something new to get involved in, come and have a browse in this room to see if anything appeals!

Learn more about History Day 


History Day brings together students, researchers and anyone with an interest in history with professionals from archives, libraries, publishers and other organisations with history collections from the UK and beyond. It is a free event created collaboratively between the Institute of Historical Research and Senate House Library. 

You can learn more about History Day on the History Collection website.  

If you are an organisation interested in participating in History Day 2021, find out more about how to get involved

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