2021 – Research Resilience

Panel discussion and networking: Wednesday 21 April 2021, 2-4pm

You can read a reflection on the event, written by Caroline Sampson, The National Archives, here.

Advance materials

We asked archives professionals and historians to consider how they have adapted their ways of working as a result of closures and restrictions on access. You can read / watch their responses in advance of the panel discussion and networking event here:

About this event

Photo of researcher at The National Archives, following social distancing measures
© The National Archives

History UK and The National Archives’ Higher Education Archive Programme (HEAP) are teaming up to explore how archives professionals and historians have adapted their research projects and ways of working as a result of closures and restrictions on access.

The circumstances of 2020-21 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.

We’re coming together to discuss how archives professionals 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.

The event will take place online via the Zoom platform. We will circulate joining details one week before the event.

We have invited contributors to reflect on the topic of research resilience in a series of short blog posts and videos. We aim to share these resources at the beginning of April on this website. We will invite you to take a look at these resources prior to the event and be ready to share any thoughts, responses and questions on the day.

Provisional schedule (UK time)

14:00 Welcome

14:10 Panel discussion and Q&A

14:50 Break

15:00 Discussion in break out rooms

15:45 Wrap up

16:00 Event close

Booking is now open: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/research-resilience-tickets-142656676961

If you have any questions about the event, please contact research@nationalarchives.gov.uk

Unfortunately this event is now FULLY BOOKED: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/research-resilience-tickets-142656676961