Free One Day Conference: Locating the Past (London, 29th Feb 2012)

This year’s Gerald Aylmer Seminar, sponsored by the UK National Archives, the Royal Historical Society and the Institute of Historical Research, is specifically focused on historical GIS. The event will include the UK launch of our new “Old Maps Online” web site, and an introduction to the field by our director who has been part of the organising committee.

It is being held at the Chancellors’ Hall, University of London Senate House, on Wednesday 29th February.

ATTENDANCE IS FREE BUT NUMBERS ARE LIMITED so please contact Ruth Roberts at the National Archives for an invitation.


9:30am ­ 9:50am: Coffee and registration

9:50am ­ 10:00am: Welcome by Colin Jones (Royal Historical Society)

10:00am ­ 10:30am: Introduction by Humphrey Southall (GBH GIS/Portsmouth),
providing an overview of the field.

10:30am ­ 11:45pm: Panel 1: SOURCES:
Three 15 minute presentations reviewing some of the sources available in
developing historical geographic information systems, followed by an open

Kimberley Kowal (British Library)
Dominic Fontana (Portsmouth University)
Andrew Hudson-Smith (CASA/UCL, Tales of Things: Electronic Memory project)

11:45am ­ 12:00pm: New approaches and technologies at The National Archives by David Thomas

12:00pm ­ 12:45pm: LUNCH

Three 15 minute presentations considering relevant research questions and applications, followed by an open discussion:

Ian Gregory (Liverpool University)
Richard Coates (University of the West of England)
Nigel Walford (Kingston University).

2:00pm ­ 3:15pm: Panel 3: AUDIENCES AND ENGAGEMENT:
Three 15 minute presentations on achieving wider public impact, followed by an open discussion:

Caroline Kimbell (The National Archives)
Bruce Gittings (Edinburgh University)
Nick Stanhope (HistoryPin).

3:15pm ­ 3:45pm: TEA BREAK

3:45pm ­ 4:45pm: Keynote speech: Place and the politics of the past by
Tim Hitchcock (University of Hertfordshire)

4:45pm ­ 5:00pm: Closing comments

Remember, attendance is free but numbers are limited so you MUST contact the National Archives for an invitation.

More about Chancellors Hall


About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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1 Response to Free One Day Conference: Locating the Past (London, 29th Feb 2012)

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