This year’s conference will feature Professor Peter Mandler giving his first President’s lecture and keynote lectures from Dr Kennetta Hammond Perry, Director of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre and Tim Jenner, History Subject Lead at Ofsted. Lectures and workshops will include, amongst others, sessions from leading history educationalist Christine Counsell and Dr James Ross of the University of Winchester.

The full line-up of speakers and workshops for the conference will be announced soon, so keep an eye out on this page and in your emails for more details next month. The format of the conference will be similar to November’s virtual conference, with each session featuring both a pre-recorded and a live element.


Over 40 speakers will present sessions across a variety of subjects aimed at providing continuing professional development and improving history subject knowledge. Each of the workshops will begin with a 45-minute pre-recorded talk. These talks will be published in a secured area on the HA website and accessible to booked delegates in early May, giving you the opportunity to view them at your convenience for a few weeks before the live virtual conference begins. They’ll also be available for a limited period of time after the conference. Booked delegates will be able to access all pre-recorded sessions, not just those you can book to view live, so you can take advantage of the opportunity to watch talks across the different strands: providing over 30 hours of content.

Interactive live sessions

When you book for the HA Conference not only will you get access to the pre-recorded sessions, but you’ll be able to book and attend live workshops and Q&As. The conference goes interactive during the week of 24–29 May and each workshop will follow on from its pre-recorded film with a live element. These one-off, live interactive sessions aim to give you the best bits from our usual in-person conferences in virtual form, giving you the chance to try practical activities, speak directly to the experts, access additional resources, and share ideas with colleagues from across the country and even around the world.

Community networking

Based on your feedback, we’ve added more social elements to the conference to make up for the absence of those conversations we have over coffee or in the queue for a book signing. This year, the conference will include a number of drop-in sessions so that you can meet and chat to colleagues with shared interests and get to know our volunteers in an informal setting.

Watch this space for the full programme coming soon…

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