Upcoming Events

Maurice Bond Lecture and Harley Prize Presentation

The 2024 Maurice Bond lecture will be given by Dr Adam Chapman, principal editor for the Victoria County History (VCH).

In his lecture, Dr Chapman will reflect on how no single archive can adequately treat any one place and how the VCH has approached this challenge over its 125 year history, as a project profoundly intertwined with the development of the British archival profession and sector.

The Victoria County History is one of the world’s longest-running research projects, exploring England’s rich local history.

Based at the Institute for Historical Research, Dr Chapman is also Lecturer in Medieval History.

The Maurice Bond lecture is in memory of Maurice Bond OBE (1916-1983), former BRA Chair and Clerk of the Records at the House of Lords Record Office.

We will also be presenting the 2023 Janette Harley Prize, which has been awarded jointly to Dr Ian Forrest and Christopher Whittick (translators and editors), for The Visitation of Hereford Diocese in 1397, and Dr Imogen Peck (Birmingham University), for ‘Of no sort of use’?: Manuscripts, Memory, and the Family Archive in Eighteenth Century England, and the accompanying blog series and online resources, part of the ‘Family Archives in Early Modern England’ research project supported by the Leverhulme Trust. Find out more about the 2023 prize winners in our news article.

Please book your tickets, and find further information on our Eventbrite page.

Past Events in 2023

Janette Harley Prize and Maurice Bond Memorial Lecture

The British Record’s Association 2023 Maurice Bond lecture was given at Lambeth Palace Library, London by Dr Andrew Flinn of the Department of Information Studies, University College London on Wednesday May 10th.

The 2022 Janette Harley Prize was awarded jointly to Dr Janet Weston (Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), and Charlie Barnes (Dead Earnest Theatre) for ‘Power and Protection – the history of the Court of Protection’, two short films and a website created as part of ‘Measuring Mental Capacity’, a research study funded by the Wellcome Trust.

More about the Janette Harley Prize can be found on the Prize’s webpage. Submissions are open until 31st July for the 2023 prize.

The Maurice Bond lecture is in memory of Maurice Bond OBE (1916-1983), former BRA Chair and Clerk of the Records at the House of Lords Record Office.

The British Records Association’s Annual Conference held 5th October 2023 was a one-day tantalising taste of the rich archival resources on the drinks industry in the UK. Find out more in this report of the conference by bursary recipient Matthew Abel.

Men and boys at a table drinking as a musician plays the lute. Engraving by A. Reindel, early 19th century, after A. Desenne after B. Manfredi, c. 1600. Wellcome Collection Reference: 26531i.