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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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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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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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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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