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‘Historians Collaborate’ is both an idea and a practice – there are already several projects trying to facilitate greater collaboration across perceived boundaries. We’ve included a few of them here and will add to them as time goes on.

 

‘Historians Collaborate’ is both an idea and a practice – there are already several projects trying to facilitate greater collaboration across perceived boundaries. We’ve included a few of them here and will add to them as time goes on.

The Benevolent Society

Click here to for an in-depth case study on this collaborative project between Australia's oldest surviving charity and family historians.  Read top tips, from Historians Collaborate founding member, Tanya Evans.

‘Energy in Store’

A project based at the Science Museum Group (SMG) which brought together SMG curators and lay experts united by an interest in the history of energy. Together they explored the roles that the stored collections play in the research of different communities with an interest in energy heritage. It opened up access to material and areas usually ‘off-limits’ to anyone except SMG staff to explore ways in which expertise beyond the SMG might be incorporated in future work. 

 

https://group.sciencemuseum.org.uk/project/energy-in-store/

‘Railway Work, Life & Death’

A collaboration between the National Railway Museum, the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick and the University of Portsmouth, and working with The National Archives, this project looks at accidents to railway staff in the UK and Ireland from the late 19th century to the Second World War. Working with volunteers to transcribe accident records, the intention is to facilitate research by anyone interested in the history of the railway industry. So far the freely-available resources, including a database of cases, have been taken up by rail enthusiasts, family historians, the current industry, museums professionals and archivists and academics.

www.railwayaccidents.port.ac.uk 

‘Ryde Social Heritage Group’

RSHG was formed by a small group of friends in 2002 and became a formally constituted group in 2005. RSHG exists to research, document and share information about the history of Ryde, Isle of Wight, UK, including the development of the town, the people, their lives and deaths, businesses and entertainments. Since 2002 RSHG has been recording information from Ryde Cemetery, producing maps and recording inscriptions and we search through archives to find biographical information relating to the people buried there. The group is also researching businesses, development and significant events that happened in Ryde. They collect documents, information and artefacts relating to Ryde and have a growing archive which is made available to the public at Open Days and exhibitions. RSHG produce books and leaflets, hold exhibitions and give guided walks and presentations to help people understand the rich history and the significance of our town. They won the Community Archive and Heritage Group ‘Most Inspirational’ award in 2013.

http://rshg.org.uk/ 

If you have a project that you think fits the bill, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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