History for Ukraine

20 Mar, 2022

History for Ukraine

Historians unite to stage unique livestream to raise funds for Ukraine

History For Ukraine brings historians from around the world together in solidarity to raise vital funds for Ukraine with a 24-hour event, broadcast online and across social media.

A host of famous faces have already pledged their support for the event, including Prof. Suzannah Lipscomb, Dr. Fern Riddell, Prof. Kate Williams, Dr. Janina Ramirez, and Earl Charles Spencer. They will be joined by professional historians and genealogists from around the world, including Blaine Bettinger, Judy Russell and Joshua Taylor from the United States, and Michelle Patient and Fiona Brooker from Australia. All agreed to stage a programme of informative talks and discussions on a huge variety of topics.

The event also has the support of a number of prominent organisations, including The National Archives, the Royal Historical Society, the Family History Federation and the Society of Genealogists, along with over 200 volunteers and local history groups.

History For Ukraine was the idea of genealogist Natalie Pithers, who describes the event as “a combination of Live Aid and Red Nose Day, but for history”. Natalie added: “The people of Ukraine can’t afford for us to wait! They need this help right now, and this unique event provides the history community with an opportunity to come together and help in the best way they can.”

Attendees will be asked to make donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal via a special JustGiving page. The event is provisionally scheduled to take place on Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th March 2022 (times and schedule to be finalised).

More information about the event is available at https://historyforukraine.co/ and on Twitter @History4Ukraine.

Clare O'Grady