After three years the IHR will be returning to its ‘home’ in the north block following completion of its £8m refurbishment. Everything is on track with the contractors ISG, ably managed by BDP, for the finishing of the works by mid- July 2014 which will allow the library, staff and other resources to move back during August and early September.
Most of the noisy works have now been completed including the shaft for a new lift for Senate House Library and structural works to the floors. Specialist lime plastering continues and will be finished by the end of January.
Designs for the library shelving and furniture and toilets are virtually complete and agreed.
BDP are working with ISG to set up a sample room on the third floor which will include completed ceilings, walls, decorations, floors, electric heater and lighting. We will include a picture of this in our next bulletin.
Fitting out of the space will commence around March/April. Site visits will be made regularly from that point on by IHR senior management.
Readers who are also members of SHL will be pleased to know that access between the 2 libraries will be available via the 4th floor, creating a united history collection for the first time.
Further postings will contain details of the approximate dates for library moves during the summer.
Interested in gardens as landscapes? Take a look at the new MA Landscape and Garden History at the IHR.
The course starts this Autumn every Thursday (10am-5pm) with the first session on 2 October. The lecturers are all well-respected academics in their fields and include Brian Dix (archaeology), Paula Henderson (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries), Sally Jeffery (Italian Renaissance and French seventeenth-century gardens), Michael Symes (eighteenth century), Rebecca Preston (interwar suburban gardens) and Brent Elliott (plant collectors and garden designers) and Barbara Simms who will be teaching American gardens and twentieth- and twenty-first century gardens.
The third term will be devoted to dissertation writing under the supervision of an appropriate academic.
Teaching will be undertaken at the Institute of Historical Research, but with practical sessions at Museums and libraries as well as visits to gardens in and around London including Chiswick House, Garden Museum, Tate Britain, British Museum, Painshill Gardens and Wisley. There will be an optional overseas visit to Italy for those that wish to take it. There will be a strong emphasis on tutor/student interaction in class. Visit http://www.history.ac.uk/study/ma-garden-history.
Level 2 point 10 on the University of London scale (£19,148pa inclusive of London Allowance; pay award pending)
Since its foundation in 1921, The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) has been an important resource and meeting place for researchers from all over the world. Full details of its extensive range of activities and services can be found atwww.history.ac.uk.
The Library is one of the most wide ranging and comprehensive collections of printed historical sources in the UK, and is designed for use by researchers at postgraduate level and above. Divided into national and topical collections, books are held in both open access and closed access locations, with a request service operated by Library staff. All material is reference only.
The Library holds in the region of 185,000 volumes and grows by about 2,000 volumes each year. The core of the Library is a comprehensive collection of the chief printed primary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles and western Europe, their colonial expansion, the subsequent history of north and south America, international relations and war. The printed sources are supported by very substantial holdings of bibliographies, archival guides, works of methodology and reference works, with biographical sources a particular strength. There is also a large collection of the most essential historical periodicals and a selective but significant collection of microforms. Electronic resources can also be accessed on site.
The IHR and its Library is temporarily located in the south block of Senate House to facilitate the refurbishment of its north block premises. The move back is due to take place in 2014 once work is complete.
The holder of the post will assist the IHR library staff, primarily in the selection and acquisition of new material, but also in the provision of services to users and in any other activities required to support the work of Library. The trainee will become familiar with the Innovative Millennium library system, and will also have some opportunity to work on the maintenance of the Library pages of the IHR website. The trainee will be encouraged to take full advantage of the programme of visits and other training which is available to all Senate House Libraries trainees.
The post will be available from the end of August 2014, for one year. The post is non-renewable and intended for applicants who plan to pursue a postgraduate course in library/information studies in autumn 2015.
Normal hours of work will be 9.00am-5.00pm Monday-Friday, which may be varied slightly by mutual agreement, but the Graduate Trainee will also be required to work one evening shift per week (2.00pm-9.00pm) and on one Saturday in five (9.30am-5.30pm). There are 25 days annual leave (in addition to University of London and public holidays), and time in lieu is given for working on Saturdays.
Applicants should have a degree in medieval and/or modern history or one with significant historical content relating to the collections of the IHR library, a competent level of IT skills, and some knowledge of a major western European language (other than English; French, German, Spanish or Italian preferred). Applicants should have good interpersonal skills, and be able to work independently and as part of a small team. They need to be prepared to work in what may well be a rapidly changing environment. They should be committed to a career in librarianship.
We shall be glad to answer enquiries sent to IHR.Library@sas.ac.uk.
Applications should include a full CV, covering letter, contact details for two referees, and the University’s forms for personal details and equal opportunities monitoring LINK TO ONLINE APPLICATION
THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 2nd February 2014.
The Access Policy for the IHR will be changing in Autumn 2013. Until now, Friendship and Membership have been unified and Friends have had access to the library through their Friends’ subscription. Access to the IHR will now be provided through a new membership scheme, outlined in the table below. The main differences will be:
All current overseas university academic staff and postgraduate students will have free access.
Friends will no longer have free access to the library included, but can get separate membership. Current Friends will have access until the end of their subscription year.
We will no longer offer free short-term visitor access, but there will instead be a daily rate.
Proof of residential address will be required before membership can be confirmed.
New IHR membership programme
Access to the IHR
All current postgraduate students and academic staff
Undergraduates with an academic recommendation
free by arrangement
Research staff of museums, libraries, galleries or similar
free by arrangement
annual or daily charge*
Commercial or private researcher
annual or daily charge*
*The membership rates for 2013/14 will be £45 annual membership, £5 day ticket