History Today at the IHR

Understanding the Past in the 21st century

Lecture Series: March – June 2018

An enlightening series of panel discussions bringing together leading historians on key issues of our time – produced in collaboration between History Today and the Institute of Historical Research.

Hosted by Paul Lay, Editor of History Today, and Professor Jo Fox, Director of the IHR


22 March 2018, 6.30-8pm: History and Religion
Panel: Tom Holland, Eleanor Parker & Alec Ryrie

19 April 2018, 6.30-8pm: History in a Post-Fact, Post-Truth World
Panel: David Wootton, Justin Champion and Alice Taylor

17 May 2018, 6.30-8pm: History Beyond Borders
Panel: Edith Hall, Daniel Beer & Katherine McDonald

21 June 2018, 6.30-8pm: Historical Knowledge and Public History
Panel: David Olusoga, Anna Whitelock & Helen Castor

Tickets: £15 per lecture, per person. £10 for concessions, IHR Friends and History Today subscribers. (History Today subscribers can request their discount code by email.) Read more about ticket prices and discounts. 

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Session Information

History and Religion, 22 March 2018

The first two decades of the 21st century have seen the ‘return of religion’, but it is the return of concepts and world views that many in an increasingly secularised West struggle to understand. Leading historians with a particular interest in religion look at the importance of the subject to understanding our past and our present.

Featuring panellists Tom Holland, Eleanor Parker & Alec Ryrie

History in a Post-Fact, Post-Truth World, 19 April 2018

Our panel of specially-invited speakers examines how history is being used and manipulated in the age of ‘fake news’, and how historians should respond to wider debates about the past.

Featuring panellists David Wootton, Justin Champion & Alice Taylor

History Beyond Borders, 17 May 2018

‘If you want to study anything more than the sewer system of 19th-century Manchester’, warns the historian Geoffrey Parker, ‘you need to learn languages.’ But language learning in the UK, both modern and ancient, is in crisis. Historians examine the relationship between history, languages and the appreciation of other cultures and consider ways to address the problem.

Featuring panellists Edith Hall, Daniel Beer & Katherine McDonald

Historical Knowledge and Public History, 21 June 2018

Our panel will discuss how the opening up of history to a wider audience places special demands on those communicating the past. What are the factors that shape how history is presented in museums, in the media and online; and who gets to write and present it?

Featuring panellists: David Olusoga, Anne Whitelock & Helen Castor