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The MRC at 50: Research Informed and Inspired by the Modern Records Centre

In 2023, the Modern Records Centre (MRC) at the University of Warwick celebrates its 50th anniversary. Founded in 1973, the MRC boasts over 1500 collections specialising in political, economic, and social history, in particular industrial relations and industrial politics. Our holdings relate mostly – but far from exclusively – to British history and date largely from the late 19th century onwards.

On Wednesday 20 September 2023 we celebrated the vast array of research informed and inspired by the MRC's collections. You can find out about who spoke and watch back some of the sessions on this page.

Special Issue: Exchanges

If you enjoyed the symposium, keep a look out for the special issue of the Exchanges journal we will publish in 2024. Many of our speakers will adapt their presentations for print, giving us a written commemoration of the MRC's anniversary.

Look back at the schedule

If you want to see who spoke and the huge range of topics they covered, you can download the symposium programme here.


Browse a selection of photos from the symposium and the evening reception:

Many thanks to Jonathan at Blue Forest Photography.

Panel Recordings

Please bear with us whilst we work to provide clearer transcripts for each video. Currently only the automatically generated transcripts from the MS Teams meeting are available. We apologise for any inconvenience.

George Bain Q&A


Higher Education and the Archives


Latin America


Trade unions and the wider world


British trade unions and activism


The National Cycle Archive


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