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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Centre for the Historical Record

The Centre promotes collaborative research, knowledge exchange and discussion between historians, archivists, curators, heritage providers and the public.

The Centre aims to:

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  • Develop scholarly and public understanding of the importance, method, and philosophy of historical record keeping;
  • Disseminate information about research into historical records wherever located;
  • Produce recognised training for and a pathway into doctoral research;
  • Provide a stimulating environment for MA provision in Archives and Public History;
  • Facilitate dialogue and collaborative projects among HE researchers and libraries, museums, archives and heritage sites within the London area;
  • Provide expertise in the use of different historical research methods, including local history, prosopography, oral history and genealogical research;
  • Offer management of digitisation projects and advice on the use of digital resources in research projects; and
  • Ensure the widest dissemination of knowledge and researching findings through publications, conferences, seminars and other public events.

In addition to working with academics, archivists, curators, librarians and those in the heritage industry, the CHR liaises with organisations such as the Historical Association and other professional bodies working within the broad field of public history. It also provides resources and services to teachers, the wider public and local communities. The CHR welcomes local volunteers, and anyone with an interest in British social, local and family history.

The Centre for the Historical Record will build on the considerable success of the Centre for Local History Studies (CLHS), through projects such as the Historic Hospitals Admission Records Project. It is extending current links with Kingston and Surrey county archives and the Natural History Museum to include other archives and museums, especially in and around the London area.

Photograph of the Museum Lives Project film crew In addition the centre functions as a forum for discussion among educational institutions, museums and archives. It will therefore combine the proven expertise of the CLHS with a wider focus on research collaboration, educational provision and knowledge transfer. Focussing initially on its existing strengths, in medical history and the social history of medicine, the Centre aims to expand the focus of its research and digitisation projects to encompass historical records used in other fields, including law, crime, gender, business, politics and human rights.

The CHR is situated in Holmwood House on the Penrhyn Road campus and functions as part of Kingston University's politics and history department. This location places the centre within a very short distance of The National Archives and other major London museums and repositories. This makes it an ideally placed hub for professional and public researchers, archivists, curators, and all those interested in the historical record.

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Contact the Centre

Centre for the Historical Record
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 2359
Photograph of a patient being examined at the Hospital for Sick Children Glasgow, 1897