The Gerald Aylmer seminar 2015: Secret histories

The Gerald Aylmer seminar 2015: Secret histories


27 February    
All day


Senate House, University of London
Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

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Hosted by the Royal Historical Society, the Institute of Historical Research, The National Archives and The British Library, the seminar will be held in the Wolfson Conference Suite, The Institute of Historical Research, Senate House.

Secrets are both an invitation and a challenge to archivists and historians. They demand our attention, but present us with a range of methodological and interpretive problems. This year’s Gerald Aylmer Seminar will address key questions raised by secrecy in history. How do archivists and historians engage with private and official secrets? How do we move between different categories of blocked communication? What do attempts to conceal information tell us about issues of power and sensitivity in various historical contexts?

The programme has three panel sessions with short presentations and open discussion. The event is free but space is limited. reserve a place, please complete the booking form and send it to

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