The VAHS New Researchers are currently planning a number of events for the 2013/14 academic year. These will include workshops and ‘Shut Up and Write’ meet-ups for the new VAHS writing group. Keep an eye on the website for details of the next Shut Up and Write session.
Monday 9th June 2014
Meet the Archivist
Monday 9th June, 12:30-14:00, Bloomsbury Room G35, Senate House
This event has been co-organised by one of the newest member of the VAHS New Researchers, Alice Kirke, and the History Lab. It is a great opportunity to hear from archivists about the type of work they do, how and why they became archivists and the projects they are engaged in. Whether you are interested in archives as a career or want to get a glimpse at the ‘other side’ of the profession, this is your chance to meet two archive professionals, hear about their work and ask questions.
The two archivists are:
Janine Stanford, a Project Archivist at The Children’s Society Records and Archives Centre. She is working on the ‘Unexplored Riches in Medical History’ project which aims to catalogue and preserve the records of residential children’s homes, giving a fascinating insight into the history of childhood diseases, treatments, medical care and social health in the 19th and 20th centuries. Janine will give an overview what archivists’ do, what it is like as a career, and ways to enter the profession.
Alexandra Hall, the Education Outreach Officer at the Institute of Education Archives and is working on engaging new audiences with the National Union of Women Teachers archive collections. Their records connect with issues around campaigning and citizenship as well as providing an insight into the role of women teachers in the history of education. Alex creates resources, programmes and workshops for school children, teachers, adult learners and the local community. With her background in teaching and museum education, she will talk about the push to engage new audiences and the different ways in which archivists, historians and educators approach archives.
If you are interested in attending please register with Alice Kirke via e-mail: by Monday 2nd June.
New Researchers were well represented at our fifth international research conference. This year we were especially pleased to be able to recognise the excellent work done by new researchers through the CGAP New Researchers Paper Prize, won by Claudia Soares, and the VAHS New Researcher Paper Prize, won by Gareth Millward. We also secured funding for two fully funded new researcher bursaries: Emily Baughan won the Economic History Society Bursary and Marie-Luise Ermisch won the History Workshop Journal bursary. To find out more about the conference see our conference storify.
VAHS New Researcher workshops have been held at universities across the UK on a wide range of topics. These have included child poverty, imperial benevolence and campaigning in contemporary society. For reports on each of these workshops, see here.
New Researchers have always been encouraged to share their work at in VAHS seminars. These seminars have been on topics ranging from religious and medical charity to student volunteers in interwar Romania. Since 2009 these seminars have been recorded, you can listen to these and find a list of older seminars by new researchers here.
The first VAHS New Researchers conference panel took place at the 2012 History Lab Conference. George Campbell Gosling, Sarah Flew and Chris Moores each gave papers addressing the theme of ‘agency’ in different areas of voluntary action history. You can read the panel abstracts here.