Category Archives: objects

The River Severn, a river flowing through landscape and time

I have this strange fascination with the River Severn, I am clearly a Severn Bore. I did not fully understand why until I studied a branch of history known as Public History. The definition of Public History changes from day … 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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Time – A new look at an age old past

“Somehow I had to send myself back in time, to open out the memories and see what they had to offer” Time is a complex concept, which is most rigorously analysed by philosophers, physicists and astronomers. History is the systematic … 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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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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Monument Aux Mort – Monuments to the Dead

Monuments aux Morts – Monuments to the Dead; how the symbolism of death, and commemorative memorials help us to define ourselves. “Behind every man now alive stand 30 ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the … Continue reading

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