Document ReferenceMS 1000
TitleMinutes and papers of the History at the Universities Defence Group (HUDG), collected by Professor David Parker
Extent1 box
Access ConditionsAccess is restricted to material less than twenty years. Please see our Access Policy or contact us for further advice.
Admin History'At a conference organised by the School of History, University of Birmingham, in conjunction with the Historical Association, on 5-7 April 1982, grave concern was expressed for the future of History as a subject at British Universities. It was decided to form a History at the Universities Defence Group which would work with and through the Historical Association in order: 1) to defend and maintain the scope and quality of the teaching and scholarly study of history in British universities; 2) to monitor the effects of the financial cuts on the viability of History in all its aspects in the various universities, and to bring these effects to the notice of the public and of all relevant responsible bodies.' (HUDG Press Release, 8 April 1982)

The Group was an independent committee of representatives from History Departments in British Universities, but maintained close links with the Historical Association.
Custodial HistoryThe papers were collected by Professor David Parker of Leeds University, who began attending HUDG meetings in October 1986.
DescriptionThe bundle of papers contains:

The initial press release and early papers describing the scope of the Group, 1982 (MS 1000/1)

Interim statistics collected about History staffing in British universities, 1982 (MS 1000/2)

Minutes, agendas, reports, draft responses of the Group to policy ideas, and papers for discussion at meetings:
24 Mar. 1983-24 Oct. 1992 (MS 1000/3/1)
24 Feb. 1996-23 Feb. 2002 (MS 1000/3/2). Papers less than twenty years old are restricted.

Related papers and published items:
Information and papers from Historical Association conferences on 'The Importance and Content of History Teaching in Britain', 1985-1986 (MS 1000/4)

Information and papers from 'The Importance and Content of History Teaching in Britain' conference at the House of Lords, 1986 (MS 1000/5)

'Green For Danger': comments from the Historical Association on the Government Green Paper 'The Development of the Higher Education into the 1990s', 1986 (MS 1000/6)

'An Inquiry into the Effect of the Cuts', a brief report prepared for Heads of History Departments, by Sara Delamont and Martin Read, Social Research Unit, Social Studies Department, University College Cardiff, c.1987 (MS 1000/7)

Information from HUDG/PUSH conference on 'The Changing Face of History in Schools: Implications for Higher Education at the Institute for Historical Research, 1988 (MS 1000/8)

'Report of a Working Party to Review the Teaching Quality Assessment of History by the Education Funding Councils for England and Wales, 1993-1994' (HUDG TQA report), c.1994 (MS 1000/9)

'Submission to the National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education' (HUDG, 1997) (MS 1000/10)
MgtGroupScientific, research and educational records
Associations and societies
ArrangementThe papers were in chronological order but the publications and related material have been removed from the minutes so that they can be retrieved more easily.
TermLearned institutions and societies - Great Britain
History - Study and teaching - Great Britain
Universities and colleges - England
Universities and colleges - Wales
Universities and colleges - Scotland
FindingAidsThis description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialHUDG file within Historical Association archive (HAn/8/8/1).
Related RecordHAn/8/8/1

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA331Historical Association
DS/UK/84813History at the Universities Defence Group
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