This event explored the challenges posed by record keeping in both its historical and contemporary contexts. It raised questions about the relationship between archival practice and historical knowledge from the perspective of record custodians and record users. Bringing together professional historians, practising archivists and members of the public, it also sought to encourage lively debate about future decision-making and the creation of policies in this critical area.
Dr Filippo de Vivo
Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at Birkbeck University of London
Professor Eric Ketelaar
Professor emeritus of archival science at the University of Amsterdam and former General State Archivist of the Netherlands
Dr Jesse Spohnholz
Associate Professor of History at Washington State University
Dr Valerie Johnson
Head of Research at the National Archives, Kew
Chaired by Dr Adam Smyth, Tutorial Fellow in English at Balliol College, Oxford.
In association with
This panel discussion was held in connection with the British Academy Conference on Transforming Information: Record Keeping in the Early Modern World.