The Gerald Aylmer Seminar

The Gerald Aylmer Seminar is an annual one-day symposium jointly convened by The National Archives, the Royal Historical Society and the Institute of Historical Research.

Running since 2002, the seminars are held in memory of Gerald Aylmer (1926-2000), who was president of the Royal Historical Society and Chairman of the Historical Manuscripts Commission.

The purpose of the Gerald Aylmer Seminar is to bring together historians and archivists to discuss topics of mutual interest, particularly the nature of archival research and the use of collections.

Gerald Aylmer Seminar 2018 – book your place

Friday 1 June 2018

Diversity amongst the documents? The representation of BAME communities within the UK’s archives

This year’s seminar brings together leading archivists and historians to discuss and debate how Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) communities are represented in UK archives.

Speakers will address how the researching and writing of inclusive histories demand the creation, cataloguing, and use of diverse archives, with a focus on archives that chronicle BAME lives, institutions, and initiatives. The keynote lecture will be delivered by Professor Hakim Adi, from the University of Chichester.

Questions that the seminar will address include:

  • How have archives captured social, cultural, and political change?
  • How do we ensure that modern-day social and demographic development is represented?
  • What has been the impact of collections and collecting on the historical profession?

The seminar is free to attend but you must book your place in advance. Book your place now.