This year marks 50 years since the Society’s Historical Geography Research Group (HGRG) was founded, with celebrations taking place alongside the group’s annual Practising Historical Geography Conference this week.
The conference, for postgraduate and early-career researchers, took place at the University of Nottingham on Wednesday 8 to Thursday 9 November, and saw activities focusing on community building among historical geographers form part of the celebration, including a film exhibition marking the 50th anniversary.
Over the two days, workshops and panels included discussions on the use of archival collections, careers with geography and historic collections, and the pasts and futures of historical geography, as well as a panel event with recent HGRG Dissertation Prize winners.
Two members of the Society’s Research and Higher Education team presented at the conference. Dr Sarah L. Evans, Research and Collections Engagement Manager, participated in the Geography and collecting panel on 8 November, sharing insights into how historical geographers could work in museums, libraries, archives and geographical institutions. While Dr Anna Lawrence, Managing Editor: Academic Publications, contributed to the HGRG Dissertation Prize Winners panel on 9 November, as the recipient of the 2017 prize.
HGRG joins a number of other Society Research Groups marking recent or upcoming significant anniversaries, including the Population Geography Research Group and Social and Cultural Geography Research Group. The Society’s 32 Research and Working Groups bring together active researchers and those with a professional interest in a particular aspect of geography and related disciplines. You can find out more about their work via our website.