What is History Lab?

History Lab is the national network for postgraduate students in history and related disciplines. Based at the Institute of Historical Research, it is an intellectual and social forum designed to meet the needs of the postgraduate history community. Meetings are an opportunity for the next generation of historians to discuss ideas and to drive the study of history forward.

History Lab is dedicated to inclusion, diversity, and opportunity. We welcome postgraduate students working on any period, geographical location, methodology, and area of historical study to present, so our programme offers a wide variety of specialisms and interests.

Our workshops – including the ‘Elevator Pitch’ session in Term 1 which helps participants to explain their research in three minutes – provide the chance to honer research skills and to share research problems and solutions with fellow students.

These seminars and workshops run fortnightly on Thursdays throughout the academic year and will be hosted on Zoom. It can feel difficult to connect with other researchers in the current circumstances, with face-to-face networking limited. Alongside our scheduled events, we also hope to use social media and online social events to create opportunities to connect socially with other researchers and share tips and advice. History Lab invites you to be part of a friendly, engaging, and supportive community run by history postgraduates for history postgraduates.

Read more about History Lab Seminars on the IHR History Lab: Reflections on the Seminar Series blog.

Key information


Membership is free to postgraduate students enrolled on MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD programmes in history or a related subject.

To become a member email: ihrhistorylab@gmail.com

Current Committee

Chair: Kerry Love (University of Northampton)
Secretary: Emily Hull (UCL)
Treasurer: Carmel Heeley (QMUL)
Publicity Officers: Claire Turner (University of Leeds) and Synthia Hynes (University of Liverpool)
Membership Officer:  Kathrina Perry (University of Northampton)
Seminar Convenors: Rachel Smith (Bath Spa) and Ellen Smith (University of Leicester)
Conference Convenors: Darren Reid (UCL) and Waseem Ahmed (UCL)

Contact History Lab

To get in touch and become a member, please email ihrhistorylab@gmail.com 

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The bulletin informs History Lab members about calls for papers, conferences, workshops, funding, job vacancies and social events. 

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