History UK and The National Archives’ Higher Education Archive Programme (HEAP) are teaming up to explore how archivists and historians have adapted their research projects and ways of working as a result of closures and restrictions on access. We are currently inviting expressions of interest in contributing case studies and more general reflections:
Panel discussion and networking: Wednesday 21 April 2021, 2-4pm (online)
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
The circumstances of 2020-1 have exacerbated pre-existing challenges across our sectors, particularly in terms of access to archive and library materials. Yet it’s also shown us innovation, resilience, and the importance of mutual learning by archivists and historians alike.
History UK and The National Archives’ Higher Education Archive Programme (HEAP) are inviting reflections on the ways archivists and historians have adapted research projects and practices as a result of closures and social distancing. The aim is to explore how changes made for COVID-19 can and should be used to address longstanding issues of accessibility and equity, and to provide practical guidance for those needing to reframe or rethink their research. We want to hear about your personal experiences, as well as creative solutions and thoughts on how to make them sustainable.
We plan to compile a series of blog posts and videos of experiences to help us and our communities explore and build on what we have learned about a blended approach to research and collections access. These will be shared online in advance of a Research Resilience event, in which we will come together to discuss, network, and learn from each other.
We are inviting expressions of interest in writing a short blog post or video on your experiences of having to rethink research and/or access to collections. This may include, but is not limited to:
- approaches to reframing research projects, whether as a result of COVID-19, or because of caring responsibilities, disability, or structural barriers
- practical and sustainable ways of making archive and/or library materials more accessible
- ideas for breaking down barriers between researchers and archivists
No need to be an expert, just able to capture your experience and try to join us at the event itself for questions and discussion.
Send a brief (c.100 words) overview of the experience you’d like to share to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 29 January. If this deadline is too soon, let us know – we can be flexible.
Please note that we may have to review the timing of the event if pandemic measures seem likely to compromise attendance levels or our ability to run it effectively.