Senate House History Open Day

The next event will be on Friday 27 November 2015, 10am -4pm. This third History Day will include an open history fair showcasing libraries, archives and organisations from around London there to offer you advice, as well as one-on-one research clinics and training sessions. We hope you will stop by the free event to learn more about the research resources available to you. If you have any recommendations or comments tweet the School of Advanced Study at #histday15.

*Register here on Eventbrite*

In addition to the coverage of a wide range of historical subjects, there will be a special feature: an American Trail highlighting American collections in London*. To learn more read this blog post. Did you know that the TUC Library collections at London Metropolitan University have material on American trade unions or that the Wellcome Library has collections on Native American history? Find out more on the day!

Participating organisations confirmed so far

  • Archives and Records Associations’ (ARA) Section for Business Records*
  • Birkbeck Library
  • Bishopsgate Institute Library and Archive Collections
  • Black Cultural Archives
  • British Library*
  • Business Archives Council*
  • Dr Williams’s Library
  • German Historical Institute Library
  • Goldsmiths University of London (Special Collections)
  • Guildhall Library
  • Heinz Archive and Library, National Portrait Gallery
  • History Lab
  • History Lab Plus
  • Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Global Law Library*
  • Institute of Historical Research*
  • King’s College London Library Services*
  • Lambeth Palace Library*
  • Library of the Society of Friends*
  • London Metropolitan Archives
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Library & Archive Service*
  • LSE library services and The Women’s Library @ LSE*
  • The National Archives*
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • Queen Mary, University of London (Archives)
  • The Royal Society, Collections
  • School of Advanced Study, University of London*
  • Senate House Library*
  • School of Oriental and African Studies Library
  • Society of Antiquaries Library and Collections
  • TUC Library Collections at London Metropolitan University*
  • UCL Institute of Education Library*
  • UCL Institute of the Americas, Library Services and Special Collections*
  • Warburg Institute
  • Wellcome Library*
  • Wiener Library

*participating in American Trail


  • History Fair – open all day 10:00-16:00


Research clinics (drop-in one-on-one guidance)

  • Finding the research training you need    10:00-12:00
  • Canadian Studies resources  10:00-12:00
  • Using the collections at the National Archives   10:00-16:00
  • Building your bibliography and keeping it up to date  10:00-12:00
  • Caribbean Area Studies Resources  11:30-15:00
  • Improving your online search skills   13:00-16:00
  • Help with American Resources at the British Library  14:00-15:00
  • Using IHR’s digital resources  15:00-16:00


Panel sessions

Libraries Panel   10:00-11:00

Chair: Dr Nick Barratt (Senate House Library)

  • Library Classification and Research: Alison Gage (Senate House Library) and Michael Townsend (IHR library)
  • Locating uncatalogued collections: Dr Richard Espley (Senate House Library)

Archives Panel 11:30-12:30

Chair: Dr Chris Lewis (King’s College London)

  • Archive arrangement and Research: Dr Ruth Frendo (IALS, Senate House Library)
  • Working the Archives: a User’s Guide: Dr Adam Chapman (Victoria County History, IHR)

Digital Research Panel  14.00-15.00

Chair: Professor Jane Winters (IHR)

  • An introduction to IHR digital resources and big data projects: Sarah Milligan, Jonathan Blaney, Simon Baker (IHR)

North American Panel  15:00-16:00

  • Advice for researchers interested in North American research. Further details will be available soon.


For more information, visit: University of London School of Advanced Study


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