The 10th International Conference on the History of Records and Archives (ICHORA) will be held online during the week of 25-29 July 2022, virtually hosted by The National Archives (UK) and the Forum for Archives and Records Management Education and Research (FARMER).

The year 2022 marks the centenary of a number of important events that have significantly shaped recordkeeping in the hosts’ countries of the United Kingdom and Ireland. From the destruction of seven centuries of Ireland’s records in the Four Courts explosion in Dublin to the publication of Sir Hilary Jenkinson’s Manual of Archive Administration, the impact of the year 1922 is still being felt today through its legacies of loss and intellectual tradition. ICHORA 2022 is therefore shaped by a desire for both reflection and renewal.

The conference will encourage anyone interested in the practical ways that archives and records are communicated through time to do two things.

1. Discover and present stories about aspects of this practice or figures associated with it.

2. Reflect on recordkeeping historiography (the sources, techniques and theories that are used to study and shape the history of recordkeeping).

With this aim in mind, we are seeking participation through two streams.

Postcards from the Past (however distant or recent)

Family photographs

‘Postcards from the Past’ will collect submissions before the conference in the form of short stories about people, places, events or ideas from the history of recordkeeping (organisational or personal, written or oral, etc).

  • Is there someone whose contribution to the development of recordkeeping has been unrecognised?
  • Or is there another aspect to a familiar figure that is less well understood or discussed?
  • Who were the advocates and pioneers who worked to preserve records in your part of the world?
  • Are there specific places or objects that carry with them a long connection with the keeping of records?
  • What significant impacts on the evolution of local recordkeeping are unknown on the global stage?

These postcards will introduce and detail the person, place, object, event or idea being highlighted as well as outlining your reasons for why you feel they deserve to be included in personal/local/global histories of recordkeeping. These postcards will be compiled into an online resource that will be made publicly available in advance of the main conference week.

The call for postcards is now open (see detailed submission guidelines) and will close on 31 January 2022.


A tree reflected in a lake

We are also seeking reflections on the current state of historical research into recordkeeping. You may wish to consider questions such as;

  • How can or should such history be constructed or revised?
  • Is it desirable to unify and interweave a shared sense of or consensus on such a history?
  • What gaps still remain in our historical understanding of recordkeeping?

We are equally looking for reflections on individuals’ experiences of undertaking historical research into recordkeeping.

  • What problems were encountered?
  • What approaches were taken?
  • What were the most useful sources?
  • What guidance or advice can be offered to those who would like to write recordkeeping histories in the future?

Finally, we would also welcome reflections in the form of more detailed and sustained pieces of research that tell recordkeeping histories. These reflections will constitute the main conference programme (during the week of 25-29 July 2022) and abstracts for sessions and papers in the programme will be published in advance on the conference website.

The call for reflections is now open (see detailed submission guidelines) and will close on 4 April 2022.

Detailed submission guidelines

If you have any additional access needs and would like us to make adjustments to the submission process, please get in touch at research@nationalarchives.gov.uk.

Postcards from the Past

Submissions should take the form of a blog post (300-500 words in length) submitted as a Word document, with accompanying images (where applicable) submitted as jpegs.

Postcards will undergo a light touch review by the organisers who will then work with authors, during a four-week period following notification of acceptance, to finalise the postcards and deal with licensing paperwork and copyright clearance.

If you do not have the time to create a postcard yourself, we would also welcome your suggestions for possible subjects for postcards. Please email your suggestions to research@nationalarchives.gov.uk. These suggestions will then be used to create a list of missing histories (with those who have identified the gaps credited if desired), in order to inspire future work and investigation.

Important Dates

  • 17 31 January 2022     Deadline for submissions
    (email to research@nationalarchives.gov.uk)
  • 4 February 2022      Notification of acceptance
  • 28 February 2022   Submission of publication-ready versions


Submissions should take the form of a 1-2 page document, detailing;

  1. which of the following formats is being proposed,
  2. the names and short biographical details of all those involved (particularly in the case of workshops and provocation sessions where it is envisaged that proposals will be made by groups of individuals),
  3. a 300-400 word abstract or description of the paper/session being proposed, and
  4. the time-zones/countries in which all those proposing to speak are expected to be during the week of 25-29 July 2022.

Possible formats for submissions are as follows;

  • Papers will take the form of (15-minute) presentations, with or without accompanying slides. These will be grouped by the organisers into a number of paper sessions. To facilitate this, papers may have multiple authors, but should have a maximum of one nominated presenter. Presentations may be pre-recorded, but at least one person associated with that presentation should be available during the session for questions and answers.
  • Workshops (up to 2 hours) should clearly demonstrate a high level of interactivity and audience participation. Workshops may utilise online tools such as collaborative white boards or online polls, and may also include breakout groups. We particularly welcome workshops that focus on enhancing skills in and knowledge of methods for historical research and storytelling.
  • Provocation sessions should be proposed as a whole and have a moderator and up to four ‘provocateurs’ to deliver short (no more than 10-minute) verbal presentations on a single theme before discussions are opened up to members of the audience. This format is a way to interrogate an issue from different perspectives and, as the title suggests, these perspectives should offer an intellectual challenge to accepted norms related to creating histories of recordkeeping.

Submissions to the reflections stream will be reviewed by the Programme Committee using the following criteria:

  1. alignment with the objectives of the conference and
  2. originality of argument/subject/format.

Important Dates

  • 4 April 2022              Deadline for submissions
    (email to research@nationalarchives.gov.uk)
  • 29 April 2022           Notification of acceptance
  • 8 July 2022               Submission of any pre-recorded content
  • 25-29 July 2022       Conference sessions

Programme Committee

  • Cleophas Ambira, President, Kenyan Archives and Records Management Association
  • Alan Butler, Associate Lecturer in Heritage, University of Plymouth
  • Vitor Manoel Marques da Fonseca, Associate Professor, Universidade Federal Fluminense
  • Fiorella Foscarini, Associate Professor, University of Toronto
  • Leisa Gibbons, Lecturer, Curtin University
  • Stanley H. Griffin, Deputy Dean, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
  • Valerie Johnson, Director of Research & Collections, The National Archives
  • Elizabeth Lomas, Senior Lecturer in Information Governance, University College London
  • Elizabeth Mullins, Lecturer/Assistant Professor, University College Dublin
  • Ricky Punzalan, Associate Professor of Information, University of Michigan
  • Pimphot Seelakate, Lecturer, Chulalongkorn University
  • Anthea Seles, Secretary General, International Council on Archives
  • Hrvoje Stančić, Professor, University of Zagreb