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Voices from the cohorts: why 1946, 1958 and 1970 are key dates in post-war British history
Peter Mandler
President, Historical Association
This keynote lecture will introduce the famous – though not famous enough – British birth cohort studies, which began in 1946 and have followed successive cohorts of babies born in a single week of 1946, 1958, 1970 and now 2000, throughout their lives. These studies, which have served as models for researchers around the world, have developed into eclectic combinations of medical research, sociological research and, now, historical research. They can tell us in extraordinary detail and vividness about the lives of a representative sample of British people and how those lives have changed over the past 70 years, giving a different kind of narrative to one punctuated by political benchmarks such as 1945, 1964, 1979 and 1997.
Live session: Monday 24 May 2021, 5:00 pm

Curriculum and progression in history and Ofsted’s work with schools
Tim Jenner
History Subject Lead, Ofsted
In this session Ofsted’s Subject Lead for History, Tim Jenner, will share how Ofsted’s inspection practice has developed under the new Education Inspection Framework to look at the work of schools through the lens of the subject. Tim will share findings from a forthcoming Ofsted subject report on history education, which will help teachers to understand some of the ways in which inspectors will consider the curriculum in early years, primary and secondary education.
Live session: Wednesday 26 May 2021, 6:00 pm

Teaching to transform: why history education is essential to building an anti-racist classroom
Kennetta Hammond Perry
Director, Stephen Lawrence Research Centre
Kennetta Hammond Perry is Director of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre at De Montfort University where she is also a Reader in History. Her research interests include Black British history, transnational race politics, Black women’s history, archives of Black Europe, and anti-racist movements for citizenship, recognition and social justice throughout the African Diaspora. She has published widely, including a book-length study on Afro-Caribbean migration to Britain following World War II titled London Is The Place For Me: Black Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Race (Oxford Press, 2016).
Live session: Thursday 27 May 2021, 6:00 pm

Michael Wood
Michael Wood has brought history alive for viewers and readers for over thirty years. He is the author of several highly praised books and well over one hundred documentary films. He is Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester and was awarded the Historical Association’s Medlicott Medal in 2011. In this keynote lecture he will share his research and thinking on the history of China.
Live session: Saturday 29 May 2021, 10:00 am


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 will also be available after the conference until the end of August. 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.

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