Event Date/Time: Apr 10, 2008 End Date/Time: Apr 12, 2008
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Dear colleagues,

The University of Liverpool, jointly with National Museums Liverpool and the Institute of Historical Research, London, will be hosting a major international conference on 'Public History' from 10-12 April 2008. There are specially discounted fees for members of the University [see the end of this message].

The conference at the Merseyside Maritime Museum develops debates ‘on the uses of history for public purposes and the involvement of the public in the study and consumption of history’ that began with conferences in London in 2006 and Swansea in 2007. It offers a meeting ground for those in the higher education, museums, heritage, and commercial sectors, and members of the public.

Some 50 speakers will explore the nature of the relationship between academic history, museums, the heritage sector, and popular culture; current issues in the investigation, preservation, and presentation of historic environments and museum collections; and the challenges that public history and ‘knowledge transfer’ pose for the professional practice of scholars, their scholarly values and ethics.

Thematic strands also include

- museums & identity

- remembering slavery

- public history and sport, art, archaeology, film

In all this we will be showcasing Liverpool research projects from numerous Arts and SES departments, and exploring Liverpool museum projects in international comparison.

Keynote addresses

· Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery, London

· Rt. Hon. Frank Field, M.P.
Other key speakers include

Public History Professors

· Rebecca Conard, Middle Tennessee State University

· David Dean, Carleton University, Canada

· Thomas Thurston, Yale University

· Helen Weinstein, University of York

Museum Directors

· Kevin Fewster, National Maritime Museum, London

· Lonnie Bunch, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

· Wayne Modest, Institute of Jamaica

· Christoph Grunenberg, Tate Liverpool

We are offering specially discounted fees for members of staff of the University. There are also special fees for postgraduate students.

For the full programme, registration form, and further details, please see the conference website:


When registering, please use your office address to qualify for the 'Liverpool postcode' discounts.

Best regards,
Holger Hoock.


SPECIAL FEES FOR MEMBERS OF UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL [and members of the public with a Liverpool area postcode]

Full conference 10-12 April

Full registration fee £80

Reduced fee staff of University of Liverpool £40

Reduced fee postgraduates £25

2 days only

Full 2-day registration fee £50

Reduced 2-day fee staff of University of Liverpool £30

Reduced 2-day fee postgraduates £20

1 day only

Full day registration fee £40

Reduced fee staff of University of Liverpool £20

Reduced day fee postgraduates £20


Dr Holger Hoock

Reader in History &
Director, Eighteenth-Century Worlds Research Centre
University of Liverpool, UK [On leave 2007-10]

Visiting Research Scholar, History Faculty and
Visiting Scholar, Corpus Christi College
Oxford University