A partnership of The National Archives, Royal Historical Society, and the Institute of Historical Research, ‘History and Archives in Practice’ (HAP) is where historians and archivists come together to consider shared interests in archive collections, their interpretation and use. 

History and Archives in Practice (HAP) is an annual event, building on its partners’ long experience of bringing archivists and historians into close conversation.

From 2024 and beyond, HAP endeavours to partner with UK archives and institutions who similarly specialise in the bringing together of archivists and researchers. Each year we will draw on aspects of UK collections and emerging research being undertaken, integrating these into the annual event programme. This new format enables a formerly London-based conference to take place at archive centres across the UK.

With this in mind, and looking ahead to 2024, we are taking HAP across the nation and are very excited to announce that we have partnered with Cardiff University, who will not only be hosting the annual History and Archives in Practice event in 2024, but who will be collaborating with us in the planning and organisation of the day, while also showcasing the exciting breadth collections and innovative research that is being undertaken across the institution and Wales itself.  

We are also delighted to share with you all the theme for HAP24, which  is ‘Historical Legacies: collecting history, historical collections and community voices’. 

‘HAP24: Historical Legacies’ looks to the future (through the past) to discuss the impact of legacies past, present, and future. The event provides opportunities to reflect on the durability of legacies (historical, physical, digital), the democratisation of history, and our collective responsibility in working with communities to ensure that our collections and our practices are rooted in co-creation and collaboration. 

Deadline: Friday 15 December 2023.

If you have any questions at all, please email: research@nationalarchives.gov.uk

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