Social, Economic and Cultural History Research Day

Social, Economic and Cultural History Research Day

Thursday 16th November, 9:30-12:00

Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room, Senate House Library


This research day will focus on Senate House Library’s extensive collections relating to social, economic and cultural history in Britain and other parts of the world, with a particular focus on hidden and underused material. These resources can support research on a wide range of topics including transatlantic history, welfare and social reform, the temperance movement, history of education, the evolution and development of the city of London, enslavement and the origins and development of industrial societies.

This session will be led by a team of specialist staff from Senate House Library and external academic leads. It will consist of an overview of the subject area, followed by case studies outlining current or recent research based on the collections. There will also be an opportunity to see a sample of original items from this area of the collections, and to talk to specialist library and academic staff about potential research topics the collections can support.


The research day is addressed to:

  • 3rd year undergraduates looking for MRes topics
  • Masters students seeking PhD projects
  • PhD students looking for ECR projects
  • Academic staff looking for large-scale projects for research council funding
  • Commercial digitisation partners



9:30 – 10:00       Tea, coffee and registration (Durning Lawrence Library)


10:00 – 10:05     Welcome and Introduction


10:05 – 10:20     Maria Castrillo (Head of Special Collections & Engagement, SHL) and Richard Espley (Head of Modern Collections, SHL): Collections overview


10.20 – 11:05     Case Studies      


Peter Jones (Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study): 'Stray Voices': the unsettled history of homelessness

Jordan Landes (Research Librarian for History, SHL): Transatlantic history: crossing collections

Matt Coneys (Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study): Pilgrimage, print and the economy of salvation


11:05 – 11:40     Viewing of collections


11:40 – 12:00     Plenary discussion and next steps


12:00                 Close

Event details

  • 16 November 2017 09:30
  • Various Speakers
  • Free, but with limited spaces
  • Senate House Library Event


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