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Special Series

We host special themed events considering the latest currents in historical scholarship and pressing issues facing our discipline.


About our special series

The IHR hosts special themed series and events in London and around the UK. Our special events, public lectures, workshops, walks and concerts consider the latest currents in historical scholarship and the most pressing issues facing our discipline. 

Recent themes have included Suffrage and Activism and History in Twenty-First Century. We're currently planning our 2020 series on History and the Environment, watch this space for future announcements. 

We also host a series of IHR@ events around the UK. IHR@ combines research training, networking and panel debates held in partnership with a host university. Recent events include IHR@Sheffield and IHR@Manchester. We are currently planning similar events in Swansea and Belfast.

IHR@ series

IHR@Manchester (July 2019) brought together historians and ECRs from the north-west to discuss research practices and debate history in an age of fake news.

Digital research training, IHR@Manchester (July 2019)

Using the IHR's Bibliography of British and Irish History to identify publications relating to the history of Manchester.

ECR networking with IHR director Jo Fox, IHR@Manchester (July 2019)

ECRs and history librarians discuss their work at the John Rylands Library, Manchester.

'Being a historian in an age of fake news', IHR@Manchester (July 2019)

With specialists from Manchester, Liverpool John Moores, Indiana and the IHR; chaired by Hannah Barker, director of the John Rylands Research Institute.

Inclusive Histories at the IHR (2018-19)

This year, our inclusive histories series focused on histories of race, Black British and Asian histories, and racial inequalities in our discipline.

'Where do we fit in? Black and Asian British History on the Curriculum'

Co-hosted and presented in partnership with the Runnymede Trust.

'Where do we fit in? Black and Asian British History on the Curriculum'

A sold out, viral event attended by over 400 people at London's Senate House in December 2018.

Where do we fit in? Black and Asian British History on the Curriculum'

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan performed a brilliant spoken word poem on 'British Values.'

'Black and Asian British History on the Curriculum'

Spoken word poets responded to our panel of experts, including Caleb Femi.

AfroCrowdUKxIHR (March 2019)

'AfroCROWDUKxIHR: Black Lives in England 1500-1800' was a Wikipedia workshop, held at the Institute, and led by Kelly Foster and Dr Miranda Kaufmann


Miranda Kaufmann speaks about her Wolfson Prize nominated book, Black Tudors.

'"Time Come" Britain's black futures past' (June 2019)

The 2019 Historical Research lecture, sponsored by Wiley, was given by Rob Waters in conversation with Kennetta Hammond Perry.

Recent Special Series, 'History Today at the IHR' (May-July 2018)

'History Today at the IHR' brought together 16 historians over 4 weeks to discuss history and religion, history and languages, propaganda and broadcasting.

History Today at the IHR (May-July 2018)

Panellists David Olusoga and Helen Castor discuss public history and television.

History Today at the IHR (May-July 2018)

Paul Lay (editor of History Today), and historians Tom Holland, Eleanor Parker and Alec Ryrie, discuss history and religion.

IHR Suffrage series (February-November 2018)

Marking the centenary of women's enfranchisement, we held a series of talks, panels, concerts and walking tours on the theme of women's activism, 1918-2018.

Suffrage series: 'Public Commemoration and Women's History'

In May 2018 we hosted a panel on public commemoration of historical women, including Caroline Criado Perez on her campaign to feature Jane Austen on £10 note.

Suffrage series: 'Songs of Suffrage' concert (November 2018)

A concert of women's music and voices from the era of suffrage campaigning, performed by the Berkeley Ensemble and the broadcaster Kate Kennedy.

Suffrage series: 'Songs of Suffrage' concert (November 2018)

The concert concluded with a 140-person rendition of the suffragette anthem, 'March of the Women'.