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.

Registration is now open for Gerald Aylmer Seminar 2021. This event is free to attend, but booking is required. It will be held online with details about how to join the virtual event being circulated via email to registered attendees 24 hours in advance. To register, please click here.

Gerald Aylmer Seminar 2021: New Ways to Work – future directions for archival and historical practice

The events of the past 18 months have fundamentally changed how, as archivists and historians, we now work – individually and collaboratively. In this year’s Gerald Aylmer Seminar we invite archivists and historians of all kinds to come together to take stock of the extent, implications and future of these changes.

Under the theme of ‘New Ways to Work – future directions for archival and historical practice’, we want to consider how archivists and historians are working now, having been forced to make difficult decisions, to adapt and often to innovate in what we do and how we engage with one another. But in addition to looking at what’s changed, we are also looking to future ways of working: how do we best move forward in a relationship that won’t ‘return to normal’.

Pre-event content:

Speakers will be responding to the theme of ‘New Ways to Work’ in short videos, to be released in early September.

Provisional programme:

A provisional programme is now available to download. Please note that the final programme will be sent to all those that register in advance.

Please only register for the GA Seminar if you are willing to participate in the break-out session.

Previous seminar topics:

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