Monday 8 July

Archival Education: What Can We Learn From History?

Dr Elizabeth Shepherd, University College London

Dr Elizabeth Shepherd has been Professor of Archives and Records Management in the Department of Information Studies at University College London (UCL) since 2011. Her research interests are in rights in records, links between records management and information policy compliance, and government administrative data, including the UK Research Council-funded project, MIRRA. She is researching the life and work of pioneering women archivists in early 20th Century England, and is author of the monograph, Archives and archivists in 20th century England (Ashgate, 2009). See

Elizabeth Shepherd

Elizabeth’s keynote will consider the history of archival education, emerging alongside 19thcentury European national identity and national archives. It will focus on developments in England which led to the establishment of university programmes at the University of Liverpool and UCL in 1947 as part of the post-war rebuilding and the gradual shift from history to the information sciences. The paper will trace the spread of archival education across the Anglophone world in the later 20thcentury. How has archival education responded to societal issues in the past? Is archival education as an academic discipline in a university valid in an era of grass roots and community endeavour? Our doctoral programmes have expanded significantly, but is this sustainable in view of a profession sceptical of the value of higher qualifications for archival practice and shrinking funding for higher education?


Thursday 11 July

An Education: History, the Law and the Archive

Emeritus Professor Carolyn Steedman, University of Warwick

Carolyn Steedman is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Warwick, UK. She  the author of Dust (2001), Poetry for Historians (2018) and many other books. History and the Law: A Love Story will be published by CUP later this year.


Carolyn Steedman will explore the idea of an archival education and suggest why the relationship between archive–history–law can be written as a kind of love story.