Are we not all historians?

William Pooley in his blog joins in on an interesting debate; when it comes to history are we Asking the Wrong Questions? Asking a Western audience to name their top ten (or three or five) historic figures often results in a list of white men, with a couple of infamous women thrown in. When @HistoryExtra asked this question the results included those traditionally (in elitist terms) perceived as the … Continue reading Are we not all historians?

We’re all Going on a Summer Holiday

It’s International Archives Day and Twitter abounds with traveller’s tales. There are a fair few in the massive collection at Nottinghamshire Archives. Let’s start with the annual day trip to the seaside where the Raleigh Cycle Company took its staff to Blackpool for the day. The year is 1956. The starting point is Nottingham Station. Is one of these happy people a relative of yours? … Continue reading We’re all Going on a Summer Holiday

Poet, miner, soldier, lady

I like a story. I’ve even written a few. But there’s nothing quite like the real thing, the real, honest letters, diaries, poems and writings of people who lived centuries ago. I’ve worked with archives for longer than I care to admit and, over the years, I’ve discovered hundreds of stories. What do the stories have in common? They are tales of real people, living … Continue reading Poet, miner, soldier, lady