Europe in the Archives, Europe in the Future

European University Institute, Florence, 12-13 October 2017

This two-day conference brought together academics, archivists and practitioners to examine the last 50 years of European Studies and UK-EU relations.

The 50th Anniversary of UACES as the UK-based association for the study of Europe coincided with the UK's triggering of Article 50.

This conference provided a unique opportunity to draw on the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) and showcase the newly-deposited UACES archival materials.

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union


Thursday 12th October


First Look at the UACES Archives

Using Archives for Historical Research on the EU

Britain and the EU in the Archives

  • Mary Carr, Historical Archives of the European Union

A Guided Tour of the European Union Archives

Delegates were showna variety of original documents, including correspondence, speeches, campaign materials, from key stages and junctures of the European Union’s development since 1955.

Friday 13th October

Brexit and Brussels: The changing relationship between the UK and the EU

Chair: Brigid Laffan, European University Institute


Where now for European Studies?

Chair: Wilhelm Lehmann, EUI



Listen to Piers Ludlow's talk on using archival materials for research on the European Union.

More recordings will be available soon. Follow @UACES or like to stay updated.

Watch a short Q&A with Quincy Cloet about his archival research on UACES's 50 years as the membership association for contemporary European Studies.

View photos and tweets from the conference in the Storify below.