The theme of the 2016 conference of CILIP's Library and Information History Group is "Information History: Perspectives and Prospects". The conference will be held on Friday, 6 May 2016 at CILIP, London. The informatisation of our culture has prompted a lively discussion across a range of academic disciplines on topics that can justifiably be marshalled under the term 'information history'. While accepting that different cultures and periods of history have understood information in different ways, this conference takes its cue from modern connotations attached to the word. Such connotations revolve around the nature of information as, firstly, something of immediate functional utility and value, and secondly, as discrete units of communicated knowledge, what Nunberg referred to as the 'corpuscular' or 'morselised' nature of information.