Whose Past? History, Public Engagement and the Future of the historical disciplines
An ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre Event
Wednesday, 22nd February 2012, 1.00-4.30pm,
University of Manchester, Roscoe 1.010,
Lunch will be included.
Places can be booked via the Manchester eprog system. Students and
researchers at Liverpool, Lancaster and other institutions should book a place by
Public interest and engagement with history has grown over the past decade. In
part this has been driven by new media that provide a much more direct link
between the interested public and historical sources (for instance through the
availability of census and family records on-line, or the efforts by museums and
libraries to digitize their collections). The production of history-based content by
traditional media, in particular radio and TV, has both accompanied and
stimulated this interest.
But how can historians forge links between their own research and this wider
audience? How can the historian’s expertise – a critical engagement with the
past – contribute positively to this growing public engagement? Such questions
are crucial, particularly at a time when the historical disciplines are being asked
to demonstrate the ability to speak to a broad audience. The challenge is to do
so in ways that enrich both way in which the public engages with the past, and
the very ways in which history is researched.
This workshop will invite historians with a proven track record of public
engagement and experts in the production of historically-based content for
public audiences to discuss with students and researchers how the profession
can meet these challenges.
This event will be of particular interest to doctoral students in the historical
disciplines who are interested in thinking how best to generate an impact from
their research, or those interested in pursuing careers not in academia, but in
history-related public facing professions beyond their graduate studies.
The ESRC North West DTC is the UK’s largest postgraduate social science
training centre, providing PhD students in the Universities of Manchester,
Lancaster and Liverpool with access to quality research training. The DTC funds
63 new postgraduate studentships per year to support research and training at
doctoral level, amounting to more than £15 million of investment over the five
For more information see: http://www.nwdtc.ac.uk