Unofficial Histories is a public conference to discuss how society produces, presents, and consumes history beyond official and elite versions of the past.

It aims to open up to examination the ways in which historians, curators, writers, journalists, artists, archivists, geographers, film makers, musicians, playwrights, activists and others, produce and present the past in the public realm, popular culture and in everyday life.

After a successful first conference in May 2012 in London, the second Unofficial Histories conference was held in June 2013 in Manchester. The third Unofficial Histories conference was held in June 2014 in Huddersfield.

We are thrilled to announce that Unofficial Histories 2015 will be held at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June 2015. The 2015 Call for Papers will be released shortly.

“… a coming together of historians – academic, students and members of the public – to look at history as it is being presented today. It stepped out of the straight jacket of academia and actually took history to the public –   an amazing weekend”