Workshops are your chance to meet other people researching in related areas, to learn about their work, and to get a chance to present your own research to an interested audience.
Workshops are one of the very strong points of the Faculty's graduate programme. Some are thematic, some are period-based; all bring together MPhil and graduate students to discuss and present their work in a supportive peer environment. Many workshops also pursue projects such as conference panels and colloquia, and most become friend groups. Some offer sandwiches, some insist on wine. All provide a lively environment to meet other historians working on topics which are at least marginally related.
Do plan to attend the annual Meet the Workshops session on Wednesday, 8 October, in the Faculty's Senior Common Room from 3.15 pm onwards. There is a chance to meet the conveners of the workshops, sign up to mailing lists, and meet a load of graduates, new and old, who are studying topics across the spectrum of history.
The workshops are a great place to fine-tune a paper for a conference presentation, and to test ideas. Neither presentation nor even participation are mandatory, but any PhD student who fails to get involved in at least one workshop is really missing out on a useful, exciting, and fun part of the faculty's grad programme.
All workshop programmes are available on the calendars section of this web site. The entries, like the workshops themselves, are organised by the students involved. Workshop organisation is another great experience - and good for the CV. See the History Graduates Workshop calendar, or sign up for the mailing lists that each workshop runs by emailing the workshop convenor or visiting the 'Meet the Workshops' session at the beginning of the year. If you have a personal Google account you can also tell the calendar to text or email you when workshop events are about to happen.