History for Ukraine is a 24-hour online History event to raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal.
It’s scheduled to take place over Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March, and will see a host of historians and genealogists, worldwide, each speak on their research and love of history for 15 minutes, and then take 15 minutes of audience questions.
Those who’ve already signed up to take part include:
- Professor Suzannah Lipscomb
- Dr Fern Riddell
- Professor Kate Williams
- Dr Janina Ramirez
- Charles Spencer, Earl Spencer
They will be joined by many other professional historians (including Fellows of the Royal Historical Society) and genealogists from around the world to offer a programme of informative talks and discussions on a huge variety of topics.
History for Ukraine is also supported by a number of prominent organisations, including The National Archives, Royal Historical Society and the Society of Genealogists, along with over 200 volunteers and local history groups.
History For Ukraine is the idea of genealogist Natalie Pithers, who describes the event as ‘a combination of Live Aid and Red Nose Day, but for history’. Natalie adds: ‘The people of Ukraine need our help now, and this unique event provides the history community with an opportunity to come together and help in the best way we can.’
Attendees will be asked to make donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal via a special JustGiving page. The event is provisionally scheduled to take place on Saturday 26th to Sunday 27 March 2022 (times and schedule to be finalised).
Would you like to get involved?
If you’re a Fellow or Member of the Royal Historical Society, and would like to get involved in the event as a speaker, please do let us know.
Natalie is still looking for historians to take part in the 24 hour event. If you wish to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and mark your email ‘Ukraine’ setting out your availability and the subject on which you’d like to speak. The RHS will then forward your expression of interest to Natalie.
Seeking historians in East Asia, Australasia, Latin and North America
History for Ukraine is currently especially seeking historians resident in East Asia, Australia, New Zealand as well as in Latin and central America and North America (west to east coasts of the US and Canada) to join the list of speakers for the 24-hour event.
Please do get in touch with the RHS, marking your email ‘Ukraine’ and we’ll put you in touch with the event organisers.
More information and publicity on History for Ukraine
- History for Ukraine website (in development)
- History for Ukraine Twitter
- History for Ukraine JustGiving page
- History for Ukraine YouTube page (for the live-stream event on 26-27 March):
Recent interviews with the organisers of History for Ukraine:
- Who Do You Think You Are?
- Family Tree Magazine
- Royal Historical Society statement on the Russian invasion of Ukraine (25 February)