Archive for July, 2010

The summer hiatus has proven very useful to completing work on several reports. The most significant of which is my analysis of the survey that I advertised back in May/June on this blog.

The results were fantastic. We received a response from 301 academics. Most were historians from across the UK but we also got some feedback from a few archaeologists, English scholars and historians from other parts of the world. A big thank you to everyone who took part!

The results show that there is indeed a strong interest in podcasting the IHR seminars (big relief here!) and that people are interested in the possibilities of interacting on an online space to further research and to make new contacts.

Particularly welcome was the potential for those outside of London to be able to take part in the IHR’s seminars. There were some concerns raised as well – issues related to plagiarism and the effect podcasting might have on the seminars themselves. This is all contained in the report which I have posted below.

As advertised with the survey one lucky respondent won a one year subscription to the IHR journal Historical Research. I am pleased to announce that our winner was Nell Darby. Congratulations!

I’m now on holiday for a week, enjoying what I hope will still be England’s sunniest summer for a long time. When I get back my main focus will be to work with ULCC on creating the platform and writing up lots of text to appear on the website.

More soon.

IHR Online Research Seminar Delivery Survey (29 July 2010)

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The IHR research seminars may have ended for the term but we are still in the process of editing audio recordings from the final sessions.  Today we have added an excellent mixture of historical topics.  We have papers recorded from a conference on Canadian military history by the Military History seminar group and a symposium on the Gordon Riots from the British Long 18th Century seminar group.  Finally, but not least we have the final paper from this year’s Voluntary Action History group discussing interwar inititives in the UK.

Each of these podcasts have been updated with our rebranded design – please do let us know what you think of it!




British Long 18th Century seminars podcast

23 June 2010
A symposium with Ian Haywood and John Seed (Roehampton), Tim Hitchcock and Matthew White (Herts)
Britain’s Lost Revolution: Remembering the Gordon Riots on their 230th Anniversary


Military History in Canada conference



Voluntary Action History Seminars

21 June 2010
Lesley Hall (Wellcome Library, London)
To Create Community: Some Contrasting Interwar Initiatives in the UK

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Well, what an exciting couple of days its been at the IHR.  Not only is the 79th Anglo-American conference in full swing (the topic is Environments, for those who haven’t had a look at the programme) but our new ‘History’ website was launched late on Wednesday (www.history.ac.uk/). 

These two events are important stepping stones for this project also.  For the second year running we are recording a selection of sessions from the Anglo-American conference.  So far all the recordings have gone well (although at least one session seems to have very low audio!).  The first plenary session has now been edited, and I’m well on the way to editing some of the other files.  These will be made available online very soon, so everyone can listen to a sample from what is proving to be a highly interesting (and potentially important) conference. 

For those of you who are wondering where the podcasts from last years conference can be found, well, watch this space.  The audio recordings have been lying hidden away in the IHR hard drives for the best part of a year.  However, as of last week all of these have been edited and are more or less ready to go. 

The second development this week, the new IHR website (definitely worth spending some time looking through this!) provides a glimpse into the future for the IHR podcasts.  The new layout and indexes will be taken up also by this project as part of our attempt to make the seminars more easy to find and search.  

More soon.  I’m off in search of free sandwiches 😉

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