The Gerald Aylmer Seminar

The Gerald Aylmer Seminar is an annual one-day symposium jointly convened by The National Archives, The Royal Historical Society and The Institute of Historical Research.

Running since 2002, the seminars are held in memory of Gerald Aylmer (1926-2000), who was president of the Royal Historical Society and Chairman of the Historical Manuscripts Commission.

The purpose of the Gerald Aylmer Seminar is to bring together historians and archivists to discuss topics of mutual interest, particularly the nature of archival research and the use of collections.

Gerald Aylmer Seminar 2020: Co-production and collaboration in the archives

Listen to audio recordings of the 2020 seminar

What are the opportunities and challenges of working collaboratively with archivists, academics and community groups?

‘Co-production and collaboration in the archives’ was the theme of 2020’s seminar. During the day we discussed, analysed and learned from a range of collaborative projects, as seen from the perspectives and experience of archivists, historians and community practitioners.

The day was structured around three elements relating to the structure, practice and value of co-production and collaborative work. There were panels and opportunities for audience discussion throughout and we invited attendees to consider any thoughts on the conference topics in advance of the day.

Previous seminar topics:

2019: Digital and the archive

2018: Diversity among the documents? The representation of BAME communities within the UK’s archives

2017: Strongroom to seminar: archives and teaching in higher education

2016: The Experience of the Archive