On Wednesday 23 November, Karen Harvey (Birmingham) chaired a discussion that included Tanya Evans (Macquarie), Jerome de Groot(Manchester), and Anne Coote (professional historian), Laura King (Leeds) and Ellie Harrison (Artistic Director, The Grief Series), Josie McLellan (Bristol) and Jude Hutchen (Wellspring Settlement), Saima Nasar (Bristol), Gavin Schaffer (Birmingham) and Maureen Slattery-Marsh (Chair of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Spirituality, therapist at icap).

The panel reflected on collaborative public history: history that is made with and by, as well as for, the public. It focusses specifically on academics’ collaboration with members of the public and community groups rather than institutions or individuals who are working in a professional ‘public engagement’ or ‘public history’ capacity. In the spirit of this approach, the roundtable discussion comprised academics and external partners who have worked together and each reflected critically on the process of collaboration and engagement. The session considered the practical, political, ethical and emotional implications of these collaborations.

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