Institute for Contemporary British History

Scope and Content

Papers of the Institute for Contemporary British History, [1990-1996], including administrative files relating to publications and the organisation of seminars and summer schools; files relating to a series of witness seminars on 20th century British history, including audio tapes and transcripts.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Institute for Contemporary British History was founded in 1986 by Professor Peter Hennessy and Dr Anthony Seldon out of a concern that the recent past was being neglected as a field of historical study in British schools and universities. The ICBH encourages research in British history, creates networks of collaboration for scholars and allows for the development of oral archives and resources, mainly through a system of organising seminars, annual conferences and witness seminars (oral history discussions which bring together key witnesses to past events). It runs the Centre for Scholarship for visiting scholars from the UK and abroad. The ICBH also publishes the Survey of current affairs , the Modern history review , and the electronic Journal of international history . The ICBH joined the Institute for Historical Research, University of London, in 1999.



Access Information

Open, though some confidential files remain closed.

Other Finding Aids

On-line catalogue available.

Archivist's Note

Sources: British Library of Political and Economic Science Archives catalogue. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright retained by the donor. No documents may be photocopied.

Custodial History

Given by Peter Catterall, Executive Director of ICBH, in 1996.