25 years of urban history

Posted by mjs76 at Jun 24, 2010 04:29 PM |
Conference celebrates a quarter-century of studying towns and cities.

This year is the 25th anniversary of our Centre for Urban History and a celebratory international conference is lined up for Saturday 3 July. The conference will be officially opened by the Vice-Chancellor and Linda Dyos, daughter of Professor HJ ‘Jim‘ Dyos whose groundbreaking work led to the Centre’s founding in 1985.

Jim Dyos was a seminal figure in urban history: the first person to hold a Professorship in the subject; founder of the Urban History Newsletter in 1963; and organiser, in 1966, of the first academic conference on the topic. One of the attendees at that 1966 conference, RJ Morris, will be among the speakers at the event on Saturday. Dyos passed away in 1978 but his work was continued by colleagues and the Centre for Urban History opened its doors seven years later with Peter Clark as its director.

The Centre conducts research into the history of towns and cities across Britain, Europe, India and China and leads two Masters courses, on Urban History and on European Urbanisation, as well as fostering a range of PhD study. It is home to the East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA) and, naturally, the Jim Dyos collection of urban history material. The Centre also hosts two research groups: the Urban History Group and the Pre-Modern Towns Group.

Saturday’s event, Urban History Past and Future, will feature speakers from Canada and Australia as well as former directors of the Centre for Urban History. It takes place at the Centre’s home, 3-5 Salisbury Road, from 10.00am.