Past events

2-3 June 2016: Workshop for joint Labex Pasts in the Present/AHRC Care for the Future award holders, Paris.


7 January 2016: Report on Connecting with the Past: The Fundamental Principles in Critical Historical Perspective published.


The Care for the Future ECR conference is being planned for Winter 2016 – watch this space!


21 Dec 2015: New gallery of ICRC archive photos.


CfP: Changing the Future Research Landscape? A Connected Communities Conference for Early Career Researchers. Deadline for Submission 2 February 2016, contact Rachel at r.daniel(at)

19 Feb 2015: Joint funding call pre-announcement – AHRC Care for the Future and Labex Pasts in the Present will launch a call on 12 March for transnational projects. More info here.


23 Jan 2015: ‘What is the value of history in policy-making’ report published jointly by Institute for Government and the AHRC Care for the Future and Translating Cultures themes. The report follows the joint seminar series  Making History Work’, and outlines ways in which historical perspectives and inter-cultural understanding can support and benefit policymaking in the UK.


Call for Papers – Deadline 14th February 2015. AHRC Care for the Future and Connected Communities themes are co-hosting a symposium in May on the theme of ‘Utopias, Futures and Temporalities: critical considerations for social change’. Deadline for proposals is Feb 14th to


12th December: Launch event for ‘The Antislavery Usable Past’ at WISE, University of Hull


‘Reframing Disaster’ – activities and events from the Post-Colonial Disasters project from 26 November – 7 December in Leeds.

Education, Value, and the Art of Living event, St Michaels Cornhill, 14 November 2014

Culture, Conflict and Post-Conflict symposium: See our feature here and read an interview with Kabosh theatre company’s Paula McFetridge.

Care for the Future Early Career Researcher Workshop

18th and 19th February 2014 at the Royal Geographical Society, more information on the event page on the AHRC website

Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past organised an Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop on 18-19 February 2014 at the Royal Geographical Society. ECRs are defined as being within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training or within six years of first academic appointment.

The aim of this facilitated workshop was to bring together early career researchers from a range of arts and humanities disciplines to identify key future research opportunities under the theme. Designed to give ECRs the opportunity to network outside of their own universities, sectors and disciplines, the workshop was quite successful in this respect. The workshop was highly participative, interactive and open to innovative ideas from participants about future research opportunities and priorities – and our 45 participants certainly delivered! We look forward to working with this cohort of ECRs interested in the Care for the Future theme further.

Conference: Heritage Past, Present and Future: Celebrating the Centenary of the 1913 Ancient Monuments Act

16-17 September 2013

The Arts and Humanities Research Council‘s Care for the Future theme, English Heritage, National Trust, and the Society of Antiquaries of London are co-sponsoring a conference to  commemorate the centenary of the Ancient Monuments Amendment and Consolidation Act of 1913, reflect on  heritage protection in Britain since 1913, and discuss the future of  heritage protection in Britain. While attendance at the conference is by invitation, we will hold a free special evening debate open to the public which will focus on the government’s role in caring for our nation’s heritage at RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD) on 16th September at 7:30pm. The debate was available on live stream, and you can watch the video here.

Debate Programme: This debate will bring together leading thinkers on heritage to debate the following motion: ‘This house believes that future care for our heritage requires Government as our champion.’ Professor Maurice Howard, President of the Society of Antiquaries of London, will chair the debate. Speakers include Simon Thurley (CEO of English Heritage), Sir Simon Jenkins (journalist and Chair of The National Trust), Stephen Bayley (author and cultural critic), Robert Hewison (cultural historian), and John Howell (MP for Henley-upon-Thames).

Additional Information: We will be disseminating conference proceedings and recordings where possible, please see our video footage of the debate below.

Town Meetings for Large Grant Call

In May and June we will host three town meetings across the country to launch the call for Large Grants under the Care for the Future theme. These events are designed to provide more information about the theme and the Large Grant Call, and to offer prospective applicants an opportunity to network and to ask questions about applying for Large Grants.

  • Edinburgh: Thursday 23rd May 2013, 9am – 2pm, at the Apex International Hotel
  • Birmingham: Thursday 30th May 2013, 9am – 2pm at Mac Arts
  • London: Friday 14th June, 12pm – 5pm, at 200 Aldersgate

There are 60 places available for each meeting and applicants will be registered on a first come first serve basis – please visit the AHRC website for more information and to register.

Note: The Edinburgh and Birmingham events are being held on the same dates and at the same venues as the Digital Community Research Co-production in the Arts and Humanities Town Meetings. The London event is being held on the same date and at the same venue as the briefing meeting for the call for Co-ordinating Centres to Commemorate the Centenary of the First World War. These meetings will be at different times and if you would like to attend both please register your interest separately.