Category Archives: local history

David Hey – Obituary

Another sad loss today. David Hey may not have been a film or a pop super star, but he in his own way made a significant impact on how we see our family history.   Traditionally academic historians tend to … Continue reading

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Telling stories – the one that got away

In 1975 my brother and I took a holiday in Cornwall. Not for a week on the beach at Newquay like most of the other men of our age, instead we elected to look at and photograph the legacy of … Continue reading

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The Great Man Theory of History

I was thrown off the history CSE at school for not showing sufficient interest. If I take a Stoic view of myself, the history teacher was right, I had no interest in the Great Man theory of history. The Great … Continue reading

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History is not an Island, it is a Bridge to the Past

The attraction for ‘how things were’ is determined by a sense of wistfulness, and is driven by distant memories, stories and anecdotes told by parents, grandparents and other family members. This and other memories, images and feeling are created and … Continue reading

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The King’s of Siam[1] – a Personal Autobiography Through Time, Relationships and Place.

‘Somehow I had to send myself back, with words as a catalyst, to open the memories out and see what they had to offer.’[2] Introduction There are a number of criteria according to which the past can be divided up, … Continue reading

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Landscape and Place, an Enlargement of Consciousness

Now this must be the sweetest place From here to heaven’s end; The field is white and flowering lace, The birches leap and bend Place attachment is the way we relate, interact, experience and understand our relationship with our environment, … Continue reading

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Lilly’s Story – Objects and Collections – Public History

Why should Lilly’s story be of interest to historians, and why is this public History? Public history is perhaps one of the fastest growing sub fields within the historical profession, as it allows the use of the traditional historical skills … Continue reading

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The Kaleidoscope

This is a superb article reblogged from BrownhillsBob’s Brownhills Blog; supporting my argument that academic historians tend to be less focused on unimpressive patriotic narratives: they argue that they very often tend to glorify the people or individuals, therefore they … Continue reading

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Statues, Monuments and Buildings

Statues, monuments and buildings are not just a ghostly presence from the past in our public spaces. They have different meaning and significance in the present for different people. Complex buildings, monuments and memorials that are focal sites of remembrance … Continue reading

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Symbols are a language that can help us understand our past

As the saying goes, “a picture paints a thousand words”: but which words? Understanding our past determines actively, our ability to understand the present. So how do we write our own histories, personal and cultural, and therefore define ourselves ? … Continue reading

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