University hosts history conference

0017693The University of Wolverhampton's Telford Campus was an appropriate setting for the 89th, annual  Economic History Society Conference at the end of March. The three-day event, which included the annual Urban History Society conference, was attended by academics and researchers from around the UK with numbers in the region of 200.

Micael Barden, Dean of FoSS gave a short welcome at the Annual Dinner held at 'Enginuity' in Coalbrookdale and delegates enjoyed walking one of the sites referred to as 'cradle of the Industrial Revolution'.

0011367Sessions for new researchers and academic sessions covered a broad range of topics, from the mediaeval period up to the present day. There was something to spark everyone's interest with subjects ranging from Early Modern Industry - with a focus on the industrial history of local area around Ironbridge - to Economic Lives in 20th Century Asia.

Karin Dannehl, who is based in the School of Social, Historical and Political Studies (SSHiPS), was the local organiser for the event for a conference that moves to a different location every year.

Karin said: "It took five years to put the Telford venue through the Executive Committee of the Economic History Society. The officers of the Society are very strict about what they want for the annual conference and venues are decided upon and booked for up to four years in advance, so I am glad to say that it was a busy and successful conference. ‌

"Two doctoral researchers (Keziah Ayuba and Abinotam Adike), two final year students (Nafisah Tahir and Klara Wynn), and one of our first years (Daniel Kinsey) did sterling work as stewards, assisting delegates and gaining insights into research conferences."

To find out more about the conference visit the Annual Conference 2015 section of the EHS website.