On 18 April 2011, the APH Network held its first workshop in order to assess the progress of the website, and enable discussion about its possible future uses in pedagogy, research and policymaking. International guests Professor Alan Booth (University of Nottingham, UK) and partner Jeanne Booth delivered an engaging presentation on the History Passion Project, which looks at the value that passionate history teaching can offer modern graduates. Furthermore, at the forefront of discussion was the need to ‘reconnect’ history with the public, and Professor David Reynolds (Cambridge) reflected on the APH Network’s important role in encouraging and enabling all people to ‘think more historically for themselves’.
Professor David Reynolds also reflected on his involvement with the British History and Policy (H&P) website to provide practical and interesting advice for the future development of the APH Network. He suggested guidelines about how to attract and engage a broad audience, arguing that the future success of the APH Network will depend on the willingness of a dedicated team to ‘play the long game’.