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The National Archives

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To mark the 150th anniversary of the Historical Manuscripts Commission, this symposium will explore the evolution of the Commission’s activities and highlight its achievements within the context of societal changes over the last 150 years.

The event will show how the Historical Manuscripts Commission has adapted its policies and practices since 1869 in order to continue to fulfil its purpose of promoting archival preservation, access and use. In particular, the symposium will emphasise how the Commission’s history continues to inform The National Archives’ advocacy, leadership and support work for the archives sector today.

Join in the symposium to discover the lessons that the Commission’s history holds for the future and hear about The National Archives’ wider responsibilities for the archives sector. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions to an expert panel and view original documents from our collection illustrating the Commission’s history.


Programme:

12:30 - Buffet lunch and document display
An exhibition of original HMC and other records from The National Archives collection

13:30 - Welcome

13:35 - What is the HMC?
Emma Markiewicz, Secretary of the Historical Manuscripts Commission, gives a short introductory history of the HMC and how its' work continues today

13:50 - Keynote address: Is the HMC relevant for today?
Arike Oke, Director of the Black Cultural Archives, explores the history and achievements of the HMC and poses the question 'does the history of the HMC have lessons for the future?'

14:35 - The Historical Manuscripts Commissioner’s perspective
Jeff James shares his personal perspective on his role as the Historical Manuscripts Commissioner and its importance for The National Archives wider responsibilities for the archives sector

15:20 - Refreshment break

15:30 - Questions and Answers Panel Discussion

16:15 - Summing up
Jeff James, Historical Manuscripts Commissioner

16:30 - Close

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