Planned Events

The network will support a series of interconnected events, including (at least) two international research symposia and two ‘datathons’, one of each in the UK and the US.

  • the first research symposium will be held in the US, at the Smithsonian Institute and at the University of Maryland, on the 4-5 April 2019. This symposium will focus on setting up the research network and on identifying and opening up the questions we will want to explore within it.
  • the first datathon will be held in the UK, at The National Archives, on 21-22 June  2019. The datathon will conduct hands-on experiments relating to some of the challenges identified, using a range of digitised and born-digital materials within TNA’s collections.
  • the second datathon will be held in the US, at the Maryland State Archives, on 28-29 October 2019. Similarly, this datathon will conduct experiments using the MSA’s collections, in particular those relating to the experience of slavery in the state.
  • the final research symposium will be held at the British Library in London, on January 20, 2020, and will draw together the threads of the research network, focusing on reflection, synthesis, and identifying future programme of work and collaborations, with a view to implementing some of the ideas generated in practice.

The network will also organise and contribute to other events as appropriate.