Providing Public History: Challenges and Opportunities

Event Date: 10 June 2011
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road Campus

Providing Public History: Challenges and Opportunities

a workshop to launch the Centre for the Historical Record

The Centre for the Historical Record is a new initiative at Kingston University which promotes collaborative research and knowledge exchange between historians, archivists, curators, heritage providers and the public. By acting as a forum for debate the CHR also plans to provide a central location where historians, other professional and public researchers, and all those who are devoted to preserving, displaying and presenting historical artefacts, can meet to share their common concerns and formulate new strategies.

To mark the launch of this new Centre, we are inviting people with an interest in the future of public history to join us for a workshop and discussion of the challenges and opportunities facing providers and researchers in the 21st century, and to contribute to the direction this important new Centre should take. Speakers from the Museums, Archives and Heritage sector will share their experiences of engaging with public history and there will be ample time for discussion and networking.


Welcome By Professor Julius Weinberg (Vice-Chancellor Kingston University).

Session 1 Museums, Galleries & Public History

Ludmilla Jordanova (King’s College, London) –
Historians and Museums (AUDIO HERE)

Martha Fleming (Kingston University & Natural History Museum) –
Natural History, Global History (AUDIO HERE)

Tim Boon (Science Museum) –
Public History at the Science Museum (AUDIO HERE)

Quintin Colville (National Maritime Museum) –
Naval history, National Heritage and Public Display: a case study of the National Maritime Museum (AUDIO HERE)

Panel 1 discussion.

Session 2 Privacy, Public History and Medical Archives

Simon Chaplin (The Wellcome Library) –
How Public? Medical History and Open Access (AUDIO HERE)

Julian Pooley (Surrey History Centre) –
Private Minds, Public Histories

Mark Stevens (Berkshire Records Office) –
Broadmoor Revealed: High Security Patients and Their Stories (AUDIO HERE)

Jennifer Haynes (The Wellcome Library) –
Private Papers? Access, Ownership and individual Rights in Archival Collections

Panel 2 discussion.

Session 3 Digitisation, Heritage and History

Jane Golding (English Heritage) –
Historic Environment Records: meeting the challenge and opportunities for local engagement (AUDIO HERE)

Paul Carter (The National Archives) –
From Private to Public: the Poor Law enquiries into medical neglect (AUDIO HERE)

Sarah Hutton (The National Archives) –
The dictatorship of the archivist? (AUDIO HERE)

Closing Comments

Andrew Foster (The Historical Association)


For more information please contact: Dr Nicola Phillips []

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