County Societies Symposium

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Date / time: 17 September, 10:00 am - 5:15 pm

Wolfson Conference Suite, Institute of Historical Research

County Societies Symposium

The County Societies Symposium, Saturday 17th September 2016. Responding to 21st Century Challenges

Organised by Victoria County History, British Association for Local History and the Royal Historical Society


REGISTRATION 10.00 – 10.30       tea and coffee

Session 1             10:30 – 12:00      Publishing: Challenges and Opportunities

 Chair: John Beckett (University of Nottingham)

Funding Historical Publishing in Times of Austerity: Can Crowd-Funding Fill the Gap?

– John Hudson (Head of Publishing, Historic England)

Local and National Funding of the Victoria County History – Professor Richard Hoyle

“No Further Work is Planned for Shropshire”: Rising to the Challenge of Funding the Shropshire Victoria County History – James Bowen (University of Liverpool)

Session 2             12:00 – 13:15      Public History, Heritage, ‘Impact’ and Local History Societies

 Chair: Claire Cross (BALH)

Dissolving Boundaries? Public History, Community Histories and the County Societies – Nicola Phillips (Royal Holloway, University of London)

England’s Immigrants 1330-1550 and Local History Societies: Lessons in Creating and Consuming History – Jessica Lutkin (Senior Researcher, England’s Immigrants Project)

LUNCH                 13:15 – 14:00      sandwich lunch provided

 Session 3             14:00 – 15:30      Local Responses to 21st Century Challenges

Chair: Vanessa Harding (Birkbeck)

The Modern Challenges Facing County Societies – Gillian Cookson (Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society)

Discussion groups to discuss the day’s themes and raise new issues

Rapporteurs: John Beckett, John Chandler, Adam Chapman

Session 4             15:30– 16:15       Challenges and Conclusions

 Chair: Vanessa Harding (Birkbeck)

Reports from discussion groups.

In attendance: Paul A. Carter (Website Manager, BALH) to answer questions on websites and social media.

Chair’s summary

County Societies Symposium 2016 Programme

County Societies Symposium Booking form 2016