We are academics family historians archivists museum professionals local historians genealogists all passionate about history
‘Historians Collaborate’ emerged when a number of people who thought in similar ways got together to try make it easier to work together. They were:
I am a medieval historian by training, but in this field I am an author, broadcaster and historian best known for my work on BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are. My latest publication, The Restless Kings, explores the reigns of Henry II, Richard I and John but I previously wrote The Forgotten Spy, an account of my great uncle Ernest Oldham, Stalin’s first ‘mole’ in Whitehall during the 1920s and 1930s.
I am a regular speaker at major Family History shows and events across the country, I’ve also taught in a wide range of locations for example Archives, Country Houses, Libraries, Museums and a cruise ship. Tutorial talks are given to Family and given to Family and Local History Societies, U3A groups, Women’s Institutes and similar community organisations. I am Chairman of the Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies.
Associate Professor of Public History, Macquarie University, Sydney, and Director of the Centre for Applied History; I trained as a social and cultural historian of the family and have been interested in family history since 2009. I wrote about its radical potential in the History Workshop Journal in 2011. You can read about my work with The Benevolent Society here.
I am a reader in modern British history at Birkbeck, University of London and Birkbeck Director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre, which is dedicated to fostering the widest possibly participation in historical research and debate. I research and write about migration, women’s and labour history using micro-historical and family history methodologies, and am planning a series of workshops on collaborative family history. I am the coordinator of the MA in Public Histories at Birkbeck.
As Curator of Oral History and Deputy Director of the oral history fieldwork charity National Life Stories, I work across a diverse range of projects at the British Library and liaise with external partners depositing their interviews into the Library collections. I am also a Trustee of the Oral History Society, a member of both the Oral History Society Archives Sub-committee and the British Library/Oral History Society Training Liaison Group. My research interests include family histories and narratives and their use as a tool for academic research and oral history and its reception by family members of interviewees.
Founded in 1911 the Society of Genealogists (SoG) is the UK’s National Family History Centre and an Affiliate Family Search Library. Over the years it has amassed a truly magnificent genealogical library and archive, with more and more of its remarkable collections and resources being made available online for members.
I’m a historian of everyday life, families and emotional relationships in twentieth-century Britain. At the moment, this means I’m investigating how families deal with the deaths of relatives and choose to remember their loved ones when they’re gone. This, for me, includes thinking about family history research as a practice – after all, for those investigating their own families, it’s about the relationship between the living and the dead, and for many, it’s about recovering ancestors whose lives might not be well recorded for the historical record and posterity.
I own Genealogy Stories, a small business offering family history services. I am passionate about the benefits of uncovering our ancestors stories and the importance of understanding the time and places within which they lived. I love to help my clients to share their stories and so have recently ventured into web design for history sites. In fact, I designed this site.
Will you join us?
Historians Collaborate is always open to new volunteers. If you’d like to get involved please do not hesitate to get in touch.