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Research seminar 2011-12 programme and venue (update)


The 2011-2012 IHR research seminars are just around the corner.  Last month I updated this site with a list of seminar groups who had already posted their new programme online and new locations due to the relocation of the IHR.  It looks to be a fantastic and diverse programme yet again.  So here is a quick update for the other seminar groups that have now released information about their 2011-2012 series:

Archives and Society

Mainly ST274, Stewart House


British Maritime History

Location to be announced


Comparative Histories of Asia

Holden Room 103, Senate House and STB8 Stewart House 


Conversations and Disputations: Discussions among Historians

Senate Room, Senate House


Economic and Social History of the Pre-Modern World, 1500-1800

Mainly Athlone Room 102, Senate House


Film History

various in Stewart House


Histories of Home




Gordon Room, Senate House


Metropolitan History

Gordon Room G34, Senate House


Modern French History

various in Senate House, South Block


Modern German History

Mainly Gordon Room G34, Senate House, South Block


Modern Religious History



Parliaments, Politics and People

Room ST274, Stewart House


Postgraduate and Early Career

Torrington Rm. 104 and Holden Rm. 103, Senate House, South Block


Rethinking Modern Europe



Socialist History

Bloomsbury Rm. G35, Senate House, South Block


Society, Culture and Belief, 1500-1800

Athlone Rm. 102, Senate House, South Block


Women’s History


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More photographs from the IHR move


As promised some more pictures from the recent IHR move.  Does anyone have any requests for photographs from elsewhere in the old or the new IHR?


The Low Countries Room


The staircase


Looking into the Germany Room

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A few photographs of the IHR taken during the move


The Wolfson Room

The Germany Room

The England Room

Library corridor (heading towards Wolfson)

Empty shelving in the library

Benefactors and Donors sign


 More photographs to follow soon…

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IHR relocation update


Goodbye ‘old’ IHR

The IHR is now relocated into its temporary space on 2nd and 3rd floors of the South Block of Senate House.  The library can be found on floor 3 sharing a site with the Institute of Classical Studies Library.  The Director, development office  and administrative staff can also be found here.  The Publications, IHR Digital and two research centres CMH and VCH are located across the upper and lower mezzanine areas which are accessible from the 3rd floor of Senate House.

We are currently setting up a new postgraduate area in the mezzanine.

The 'new' IHR library

IHR library

 For members with lockers these can be found in the basement of Senate House.  Take the stairs or elevator to Senate House basement and turn right.  The lockers are located along the corridors.

We are still waiting for our signage to be delivered.  For the time being we have temporary signs posted.

We are very happy to receive comments on our new surroundings.  Please let us know how we might improve them further. 


Directions to the IHR: Enter the South Block of Senate House and take either the stairs or lifts to the third floor (to your left opposite the Senate House main reception).  When you reach the third floor the IHR reception is directly in front of you as you exit the lifts.   

The library is directly behind the reception desk.  Please ask our receptionist for further directions if required.

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Research seminar 2011-12 programme and venue


We are rapidly approaching the start of a new academic year and therefore a new season for our research seminar programmes.  Most of the seminars for the next year will still run in the Senate House building in which the IHR is located but will likely have a room change due to the temporary relocation. 

Below are a list of seminar groups that have released details of their new programme and venue location.


British History 1815-1945

Venue: Bedford Room G37 Senate House


British History in the Long 18th Century

Venue: various (see webpage)


Contemporary British History

Venue: Kings College London, Strand Building, History Dept., 8th Floor, seminar room


Education in the Long 18th Century

Venue: Court Room, Senate House, South Block (except session 19 November)


European history 1150-1550

Venue: various (see webpage)


History of Education

Venue: various (see webpage)


History of Gardens and Landscapes

Venue: various (see webpage)


Latin American History

Venue: various (see webpage)


Oral History

Venue: various (see webpage)


Psychoanalysis and History

Venue: various (see webpage)


Voluntary Action History

Venue: Torrington Room (104), 1st floor, South Block, Senate House

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IHR Library reopens


The IHR Library reopened on the 3rd floor of the Senate House South Block on 3rd August, as planned.  During the move process extra space for books became available.  This meant that the Welsh, Byzantine and main Spanish collections were added to the material available on open access.

Books and journals are now held in three locations – open access, onsite store and offsite store.  The online catalogue clearly indicates where individual items are held.  An overview of which collections are located where can also be found here: and on noticeboards in the Library.  Items marked onsite store can be requested in person, by phone or email.  Request forms can be handed in at the library enquiry office or reception. Fetches will be carried out at 9am, 11am, 2pm, 4.30pm on weekdays and 2pm on Saturdays.  Items marked offsite store will be available within 1-2 working days by pre-ordering in person, by phone or email.

As before, the Library has desks, computer, microform and printing facilities, and also now has the benefit of being located in an area which has been recently refurbished.  IHR reception staff continue to be present at the entrance, which is now shared with the Institute of Classical Studies Library.

We expect to operate in this location for the next two academic years, during which time the IHR’s North Block home will undergo a long overdue full rewire and refurbishment.

If you have any questions or queries please contact us on or on 020 7862 8760.

We look forward to seeing you in our new premises.


Jennifer Higham

IHR Librarian

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IHR Relocating: Some thoughts


Matt Phillpott
IHR History SPOT Project Officer

Today will be the last time that I step into my 3rdfloor office in its current form.  Soon I will be in new digs along with the

Crates in a third floor office

rest of the Institute elsewhere in Senate House.  As I look at all the crates filled with IHR materials that currentlysurround me, the empty desks, and the echo of empty halls now that the library books have gone, I can’t help but feel a little sad.  Yes, in two years time we will be returning to a brand new IHR (which is an exciting thought) but there are so many memories of the old (which I suppose it now is) that makes leaving a little difficult. 

Personally, I’ve only worked at the IHR since 2010 but my relationship with the Institute begins some five or six years earlier.  My introduction to the IHR occurred during a research training trip to London as part of my History MA course at the University of Hull.  I clearly remember being led through the sliding glass doors at the Reception and walking up the marble staircase to the third floor.  It was in the corridor behind

The Germany Room

a locked door that we were given a brief introduction to the IHR and VCH (Victoria County History).  The same location where I currently sit, writing this post.  Since then I have made extensive use of the England room and have enjoyed the occasional meal in the common room.  The various seminars and conferences that I have attended have often been made all the better by being surrounded by shelves full of library books.  Somehow it feels right that a seminar should take place in such a location. 

Whilst the Institute has modernised and re-invented itself over the years it has also maintained its core purposes which are also reflected in the rooms and corridors in which it has lived and thrived.  The reference library as a place for silent and serious study; the common room for relaxed discussion; the seminar rooms for presentations and more serious questioning all continue to this day.  The temporary relocation will of course provide a challenge for us to maintain these characteristics that make the IHR what it is.  I believe (and hope) that together we will rise to that challenge and when the IHR returns in two years time it will be even better prepared to carry out its mission.  In the meantime I look forward to getting used to my new digs and rediscovering the IHR all over again. 

Empty shelves outside the England room

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IHR relocation update



The IHR library will be closing from Thursday 28th July 2011 until Wednesday 3rd of August when it will open in its new location in the south block.  The opening hours remain the same as they are now.  Both the new IHR reception area and the Library will be staffed from 3 August.  The remainder of the staff will move in the weeks following.

The IHR North block will continue to be open with a staffed reception desk but without the library throughout this period.  However, from Wednesday 3rd August and until we have moved all the remaining staff (which we estimate will be completed by August 19th), we will be open to the public at 9am and will close at 18.30 each evening.

Thank you for bearing with us during this turbulent period.

Elaine Walters

Institute Manager

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Library move starting today


The move of the library collections going into closed access will start today. As this affects material on all floors there is likely to be alot of disruption and the lift will be difficult to access. The move of the collections remaining on open access is expected to begin from Tuesday 26th July and as previously announced the library will close completely between 28th July and 2nd August. Details of new locations of the collections are available here:

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Library closure dates (update)


There has been a slight change to the IHR Library closures this summer since our previous announcement.  It is now planned that the IHR Library will be closed from Thursday 28 July to Tuesday 2 August inclusive.

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