Frequently asked questions

What is ‘History Goes On’ all about?

‘History Goes On’ is a free online platform, created by the British Commission for Military History, which hosts pre-recorded conference papers, seminars, and lectures on all periods and topics relating to military history. It is designed to offer the benefits of conference feedback, networking, and speaking opportunities to the academic world in light of all conferences and lectures being cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

There are no restrictions on who can submit. Provided your submission fits our basic criteria, we will post it. You can send us something that you would have delivered at a cancelled event, or a talk which you have done in the past, but would like to share with a wider audience. We will post it on a bespoke page dedicated to you and your talk on our website, and open a thread on our forum, for people to get involved, ask questions, offer feedback, and discuss the big points that are raised by your talk.

Is my topic relevant?

We apply the widest possible definition to ‘military history’. Therefore anything on the political, economic, social, impacts of war, gender, strategy and memorialisation of conflict are relevant. All are important in understanding warfare and its impact on people. We won’t try to influence what your talk is about.

Do I need to be an academic, or BCMH member to submit something?

Absolutely not! We welcome anything from students, and independent researchers to academics.

You don’t have to be part of the BCMH either. If you want to join, though you are always welcome to. It’s an organisation that is proud to have a ‘broad church’ of members who are passionate about military history, and want to help support research into conflict.

How do I submit something?

Submitting is easy. Email historygoeson2020@gmail.com, and copy in coordinator Zack White (z.white@soton.ac.uk). One of our team will then send you a Terms and Conditions form, which you will need to sign.You’ll need to send us the paper title, abstract (max. 300 words), biography of yourself (max. 150 words), and a video OR audio file of the paper (mp3, wma, mp4 or wmv format). We can also post a Powerpoint presentation, your email address, twitter account and a weblink to a profile page, but that is your choice. We will do the rest.

How long should it be?

This is completely up to you. We generally say longer than 15 minutes, and shorter than 60 minutes.

I have an old conference paper or lecture that I want to publicise. Is that okay?

Absolutely. If its online already, send us the link, and we’ll put it on the website. We will still need you to sign a form though.

Do I need specialist equipment?

Almost certainly not. Most laptops have a camera and microphone built into them, so you should be able to record very easily, but you will need to check that audio quality of the recording is okay. Alternatively, smartphones have excellent cameras and microphones. If you are recording using a smartphone, remember to turn it horizontal/landscape when you record. If you just want to record audio, that’s fine. Free voice recorder apps are available.

I don’t know how to edit the recording. Can you help?

You shouldn’t need to edit the file, but if you need help cutting something out, we have programs which can do that. Just send us the file, and tell us what you want to alter, and we will see what we can do.

How do I know what is new?

The most recently added talks are listed at the top of each period page. Remember that you can search all the talks by typing a keyword into the search bar, or you can browse through all the talks, which are listed alphabetically by the speaker’s name, in our ‘contributor’s ' page - click the tab in the menu at the top of the screen.

How do I post on the forum?

We will be posting a forum guide here shortly. You will need to sign up for a log in to post anything. Please read the forum rules before signing up, which can be found here. If you have any questions in the meantime, email us at historygoeson2020@gmail.com

My question isn’t covered here. How do I get in touch?

Drop us an email at historygoeson2020@gmail.com, and one of the team will get back to you.

I have a concern about plagiarism. What should i do?

Have a read of our 'Take Down' Policy, which is available here, and in the link at the bottom of the website. If you have any cocnerns, email us at historygoeson2020@gmail.com