Category Archives: oral history

The power of Place

Place attachment I have an incredible attachment to place; but what is place attachment, and what is this to do with history? How do we relate to it? Interact with it? Experience it? Understand place? How (if at all) is … Continue reading

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Wildfire Through Staffordshire – The Bilston Cholera Epidemic

Wildfire Through Staffordshire – Where Are the Graves is the first of a series of films presenting the work of Ian Henery, Walsall Poet Laureate. The Bilston Cholera Epidemic had been covered in the narrative of the book, Wildfire Through … Continue reading

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Making time for recycling

Some people think that recycling is a new idea, but in fact it has been around for years. Before the days of cheap mass produced products, things were made by the hand of the skilled craftsperson. Items were crafted with care, … 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 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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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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