Category Archives: public 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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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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A postcard from the past – Leawood Pump House

Leawood Pump House and High Peak Junction is must see place. Nestled down in the Derwent Valley, the railway junction with the canal is one of the country’s earliest railways and was a hub of transport activity. A postcard from … 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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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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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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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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