History and Archives in Practice, 2024

Call for a fourth partner for #HAP24

Following HAP23, which took place at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London (Wednesday 29 March 2023) we are looking to take History and Archives in Practice (HAP) across the country and partner with UK archive centres, large and small, to learn more about collections and good practice in the archives.

We are inviting organisations and institutions to submit their interest in becoming a partner for the forthcoming HAP24 event. Please complete this form by Friday 7th July. Please note that you must be able to host #HAP24 in March 2024.

The form asks organisations to consider the following:

  • Why partner with HAP?
  • Details about the proposed venue (including accessibility provisions)
  • Technical provisions
  • Catering provisions
  • Access to and engagement with collections.

‘History and Archives in Practice’ encourages a wide range of formats that best showcase a collection and the experience/lessons of collaborative working between archivists and historians on shared projects. We are particularly keen to to highlight and support smaller organisations, underrepresented collections and marginalised voices, as well as new and emerging research.

About ‘History and Archives in Practice’

A partnership of The National Archives, Royal Historical Society, and the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, ‘History and Archives in Practice’ (HAP) is where historians and archivists come together to consider shared interests in archive collections, their interpretation and use.

Central to HAP is a focus on archival and research ‘practice’: creating opportunities to demonstrate and discuss how we work with historical collections, and what historians and archivists can achieve collectively. By making ‘practice’ central to HAP, we’ll also make more of collections – with time to learn about selected archives and how historians and archivists work better together.

The theme for HAP2023 was ‘Collecting Communities: working together and with collections’ and took place at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, on Wednesday 29 March 2023. You can find out more about our HAP23 and watch the recording of the event here.

In addition to our in-person event, which explored 14 projects where historians and archivists are working together to recover, interpret and present our past, we also had video contributions from international projects and organisations. We then met online to continue our conversations on the intersections between history, archives, collections and research, and reflect on shared practice across and between disciplines. These videos can be found here on YouTube.

HAP is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of sex, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion (or lack thereof).

HAP values

Collaboration and community: A collective endeavour between the Institute of Historical Research, Royal Historical Society and The National Archives, History and Archives in Practice brings together communities of researchers (archivists and historians) to discuss topics of mutual interest, in particular the nature of archival research and the use of historical collections.

Growing practice: This annual event prioritises research practices and encourages innovation and experimentation. It provides a space in which those of all stages and specialisms can share, learn and network, embracing new formats by which we can exchange knowledge while also envisaging unique and varied ways of working with history.

Possibilities: This collaborative event endeavours to highlight the diverse and unique nature of historical research – both demonstrating and creating new possibilities for researchers and practitioners to collaborate, co-produce and consider how we work with history and archives.

You can also learn more about what HAP means to us by watching these videos by Philip Carter, Claire Langhamer and Pip Willcox.

Previous seminar topics:

2021: New Ways to Work – future directions for archival and historical practice (watch the short videos from our speakers here)
2020: Co-production and collaboration in the archives (listen to audio recordings of the 2020 seminar)
2019: Digital and the archive
2018: Diversity among the documents? The representation of BAME communities within the UK’s archives
2017: Strongroom to seminar: archives and teaching in higher education
2016: The Experience of the Archive