In September 2022, a group of public historians from outside and inside the academy met at London’s Birkbeck College in the heart of Bloomsbury to ask ‘What is public history now?’ The conference grew out of an AHRC-funded network that brings together historians who research, practice, and teach in the field of public history in the United Kingdom. In this special edition of the History Workshop Podcast, presented by the conference organiser Julia Laite, we explore the politics, the perils, and the possibilities of doing history in public.

Defaced statue of Edward Colston on exhibit at the M Shed, Bristol, June 2021. Photo by Adrian Boliston, Flickr.

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