Big Ideas seminar series

The Big Ideas seminar series is convened by and hosted at The National Archives throughout the academic year. The seminars welcome speakers from institutions across the UK and internationally to present their cutting-edge research. The seminars are open to the academic and research community, as well as the heritage and archival sector.

The aims of the seminar series are:

  • To build a research community around The National Archives, and encourage the exploration of new research at both a theoretical and practical level with us, as part of our Independent Research Organisation status.
  • To introduce new theories and innovative methods that may be of interest to or that can be incorporated into the work of seminar attendees.

The seminar series is free to attend but you must sign up in advance to secure your place. You can listen to Big Ideas seminars, including those of previous years, as a podcast series online.

Big Ideas is generously supported by the Friends of The National Archives.

This year’s theme title is ‘Research Practices: Exploring methodologies for innovation and social change’. At this year’s series, we will invite speakers from a range of disciplines to discuss their research practices with a focus on exploring the link between methodology and social impact. As well as unpacking research processes, we aim to highlight the opportunities and challenges that arise from a variety of innovative approaches to research.

Seminar programme 2018-19

Tuesday 9 October 2018 – The John Blanke Project: Art Archive Action: Imagining the Black Tudor Trumpeter

Michael Ohajuru (Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK)

Thursday 1 November 2018 – Participatory record-keeping and the Rights in Records project

Greg Rolan (Monash University, Australia)

Thursday 6 December 2018 – Supporting Practitioner Research in the Museum

Emily Pringle (Tate, UK)

Thursday 7 February 2019 – Environmental Intelligence…or…Forecasting the future of forecasting

Alberto Arribas (Met Office Informatics Lab, UK)

Thursday 14 March 2019 – Learning from experience: co-producing research to maximise impact

Victoria Hoyle and Elizabeth Shepherd (Department of Information Studies, University College London, UK)

Book your place here

Further seminars in this series will be announced during the academic year. Listen to our podcasts of Big Ideas talks from previous years.