Workshop: Family history and academic history

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On Saturday 14 July 2018, we’ll be hosting a workshop at Leeds City Museum, entitled ‘Family history and academic history – the value of collaboration’. This will explore the ways in which family historians, genealogists, academic historians, archives and libraries can collaborate. These groups are not distinct – many people fall into a number of these categories. The workshop will consider how we can bring together different kinds of knowledge (about one’s own family, or a special social context) and different people across various groups and institutions.

Our programme, below, includes historians from a wide range of backgrounds, including our own group of family historians, with whom we’ve been collaborating. Our keynote speaker is Tanya Evans (Macquarie University).

Registration is now open, with a small charge of £10 (or £5 for students). Refreshments, lunch and a drinks reception are included.


Programme: Family history and academic history: The value of collaboration

Saturday 14th July 2018, Leeds City Museum

9.30-10am:  Refreshments and registration

10-11am: Keynote lecture:

Tanya Evans, Macquarie University: ‘The value of collaborating and co-creating knowledge on the history of fractured families with family historians’

11-11.30am: Tea and coffee break

11.30am-1pm: Talks:

Julia Laite, University of Birkbeck: ‘Who stands in Family History’s Shadows?  Digitization, ethics, and the family history industry’

Mike Esbester, University of Portsmouth, ‘Crowd-sourcing, family history & the British railway accident: An introduction to the ‘Railway Work, Life & Death’ project’

Cynthia Brown, independent oral historian, and Mary Stewart, British Library, ‘Exploring encounters between families, their histories and archived oral histories’

Nick Barratt, ‘From navel-gazing to naval history: the changing relationship between family historians, archives and academic researchers’

1-2pm: Lunch

2-3pm: Family historians and the ‘Living with Dying’ Project: Interactive workshop session and presentation of research

3-3.30pm: Tea and coffee break

3.30-4.30pm: Roundtable panel discussion:

Aoife O Connor, FindMyPast/University of Sheffield

Ross Horsley, Leeds Local and Family History Library/MESMAC

Alison Fell, University of Leeds

Jackie Depelle, Specialist Family History Tutor

Amanda Reed, Creator of the Gypsyville Heritage Group

4.30-5pm: Drinks reception