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The Association for
History and Computing

an organisation dedicated to the use of computers in historical research
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Aims and Activities

The Association for History and Computing is an international organisation which aims to promote and develop interest in the use of computers in all types of historical study at every level, in both teaching and research.
The AHC was proposed at a large conference at Westfield College, University of London, in March 1986. At a second conference at Westfield, in March 1987, it was founded and its constitution approved. A central co-ordinating body, the Council, organises the AHC's international activities, including annual international conferences, and supervises publications.

The AHC now includes a substantial number of membership associations (mostly of a national nature) where a large membership exists and a variety of activities take place at the specific organizational level. Subgroups in the form of workshops dealing with specific aspects of computing (such as the standardisation and exchange of historical data) have already been formed and more will follow.


The AHC journal, History and Computing , published by Edinburgh University Press, is available to members at special rates. Proceedings of conferences are published and are available to members at a discount on the published price. The Association also participates in the journal Historical Social Research/Historische Sozialforschung, and members are able to subscribe to this at a reduced price. Many member associations have their own publications, newsletters and bulletins.


The Association has a particular commitment to the dissemination of computing techniques among history teachers. Courses and summer schools are being organised at both international and member association level.

How to join the AHC

How to join the AHC

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