The Historical Association Annual Conference


We are delighted to be back in Harrogate for the HA Annual Conference 2023, in the heart of Yorkshire. The HA Annual Conference offers an extremely strong line of workshops and lectures, visits and fringe events, keynotes and social aspects, to meet your needs whether you are a teacher looking for CPD and support or someone who has a love of history and wants to expand your knowledge. The HA Annual Conference has something to offer and will inspire you whatever your needs.

Why attend?

Leading subject experts

As always, the HA Annual Conference attracts expert speakers from across the history community, including leading historians in their field. This year is no exception, and the HA is delighted to have Mary Beard, the renowned classical historian, as our leading keynote speaker. Martin Spafford will be delivering this year’s Dawson Lecture and Peter Mandler will open Conference. Explore our fantastic programme and make yours a truly memorable Conference.

Amazing content

The Conference programme is designed to meet the key issues affecting the history community.

Curriculum innovation is still a priority area for many schools as both diversity concerns and Ofsted are driving change. The HA tackles all these topics in this year’s programme as well as supporting concerns around literacy and SEND.

For those involved in training a new generation of teachers, our ITE strand provides food for thought and strategies to cope. New for 2023 is a cross-phase pathway that deals with issues that concern both primary and secondary teachers and those interested in transition.

If you are not involved with history teaching, we have a great line up of speakers and sessions on a range of periods and themes, from exploring medieval Japan to the historical dimensions of climate change. The programme emphasises the importance of local history, and includes a walking tour of Harrogate and a visit to Ripon Cathedral.

Opportunity to access post-event content

Anyone who attends the Conference virtually will gain access to all the sessions on the virtual programme until Friday 28 July 2023, with this also available to in-person delegates as an optional extra. This means if you miss a session or you want to go back to watch the content, you have the added bonus of being able to do so at a time that is convenient to you.


The exhibition provides an excellent opportunity for you to meet with a variety of exhibitors and provides a space to discuss areas of shared concern. Textbooks, digital resources, heritage and museum sites can offer new and innovative ways to approach history and as such a wide range of support can be found in this year’s exhibition. You’ll find a variety of resources in the exhibition to help you promote history in your schools across the key stages from primary through secondary. The ever-popular Roving Bookshop is also available and offers a huge selection of history books to indulge your love of history.

On Friday evening is the HA drinks reception sponsored by Hodder Education. This is always one of the most relaxed and enjoyed parts of the programme. It starts an evening of networking with a chance to mix with the history community and network with your peers over a glass of wine. Why not follow this with an informal buffet dinner followed by the opportunity to join us for the HA Quiz. Click here for further details.

Don’t just take our word for it

View the highlights in the video below from the recent Historical Association Conferences in Chester in 2019 and Stratford-Upon-Avon in 2018.

“HA Conf is consistently the most useful, friendliest, and just all-round lovely conference. The sun shines, the sessions are great, conversations are stimulating, and you leave tired but reinvigorated.”

“Friendly and welcoming atmosphere I really like that we can access the sessions we missed online later.”

“I enjoyed every moment of the event. It has done everything I had hoped for and more, inspired me, help me plan with some wonderful ideas and opened up lots of new opportunities and possibilities in the world of history teaching.”

About the HA

The Historical Association is the leading charity for History. We are a registered charity that supports the enjoyment, study and teaching of history at all levels and bring together people who share an interest in and love for the past. Our vision is History of all for all.

We inspire, enable and encourage people to get involved with history and passionately believe the study of history should be accessible to all people at all levels of study. If you would like to find out more about the HA please click here.

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