Project information

IHR Seminar sponsorship

To fund over 60 seminars per fortnight on a broad range of topics and to develop an online presence for them. Through a ground-breaking virtual delivery platform, the atmosphere of the seminar itself may be replicated as closely as possible, allowing ‘real time’ worldwide participation.

March 2011 - December 2013

Charity information: Institute of Historical Research Trust

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  • Need


    As history departments around the country are forced to economise on their research budgets, affecting non-core activity such as departmental seminars and conferences, the history community needs more than ever a venue for showcasing and communicating high quality research. This is particularly important at a time when government funding is being reviewed and reduced, and much private sector funding is focused on science and medicine.


    The proposed work will allow the IHR to improve the overall provision of history seminars in the UK, and transform a national treasure into an international resource. Increased funding will allow us to bring in speakers from around the world, thereby ensuring that the most relevant and up-to-date research can be transmitted worldwide.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Secure the highest calibre speakers from around the world.


    » Increase marketing through partner organisations and offer travel bursaries.

    What success will look like

    Success will be not having to turn away any speaker because we lack the funds to cover their travel expenses.

    Aim 2

    Transmit the seminars live online.


    » Develop and implement a virtual delivery platform.

    What success will look like

    Success will be registered (for free) users participating in the seminars from other parts of the world.

    Aim 3

    Create a resource for learning, teaching and research for use by anyone in post-16 education.


    » Create an archive of the broadcasts and work with our network of schools and local volunteers throughout the UK to transmit the information.

    What success will look like

    Success will be working with school groups, adult education groups, community groups and other interested members of the public to share knowledge.

  • Impact


    The project will ensure that the history seminar does not become a thing of the past. There are only two other HE organisations in the UK offering a significant number of such seminars, and neither on the scale of the IHR, or freely to such a wide variety of participants. Success will be demonstrated by the addition of new seminars as convenors approach us to serve as hosts, and we will not have to turn them away.




    Individually tailored updates at the end of each term.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Seminar (60+ to choose from) £900 to travel bursaries/admin; £100 to central admin/coordination

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Private Indvidual £2,000 Guaranteed
    Private Individual £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Based in London, transmitted worldwide.


    Anyone with an interest in history.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Since 1993, when its first website was launched, the IHR has been at the forefront of using innovative digital technology to support scholars and the wider public. It has successfully migrated many of its listings and database services (events, theses indexes, teacher directories, bibliographies, reviews) to online delivery, and with ‘British History Online’ has developed the largest and most diverse historical website in Britain, publishing the core materials from the IHR Library.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    The team members involved, their roles, expertise, etc, can be made available by contacting us.