Tag Archives: History

The Age of Digital History

Cath and i were having a heated discussion this morning: one of our friends reported that out of 5,700 episodes of PlaySchool (a favourite childhood TV programme) only 1,900 are known to survive. Her comment was that nobody would ever … Continue reading

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Relics of greatness: agility and learning

I travelled to Bristol yesterday, an old port with a long and glorious history. Still bustling, the signs of past glory are everywhere to be seen: on the dockside, lurking iron mooring posts that could anchor a moon and the … Continue reading

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The myth of history: why organisational culture is our problem

I keep coming back to culture this week: i’ve had so many people kindly sharing their thoughts and feedback that i can’t put it down. Today, i want to think about heritage and history vs co-creation and current activity. When … Continue reading

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Tradition: personal, national and organisational history.

We’ve been celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this last weekend with a river pageant, concert in the park and street parties. It’s been a glorious combination of pomp, ceremony, bunting, flags and typically British grey skies. A mixture of the … Continue reading

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Heading North: Painting in perspective

I realise that i’m grumpy when i paint. It’s not that i’m in a bad mood, it’s just that i’m very focused. The thing about watercolours is that they’re alive, or rather, they are until they dry, so you’re on … Continue reading

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Heading North: Continuity

Two weeks of holiday! I’ve packed my bags and headed to Norway for a voyage of discovery. The plan is to head up the coastline, from Bergen, right up to the arctic circle and, if i’m lucky, see the Northern … Continue reading

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Learning from history: Scott’s polar expedition and the lessons from the past.

There’s a new exhibition going into the Natural History Museum in London about Scott’s ill fated attempt to reach the South Pole in 1912. For polar buffs like me, this will be a great opportunity to see some of the … Continue reading

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9/11: How is history made and how is history told? Stories from Ground Zero.

New York is making history. Not by something it’s doing today, but by how it’s dealing with something that happened a decade ago. Visiting Ground Zero last week was a strangely emotional and compelling experience, not so much from any … Continue reading

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Exploring the past. How mobile devices are helping to bring history to life.

I’m in London for a couple of days, which has given me plenty of time for walking around, looking at the architecture. One of my favourite activities when staying away from home is to roam around in the evening, with … Continue reading

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Reading the stories from the stones. Interpreting our built heritage and learning from graffiti.

I spent yesterday at Bodiam castle, one of the most picturesque and magical medieval castles in England. Although ruinous on the inside, the outer Walls and towers stand intact, sitting within a fairytale wide expanse of water in the moat. … Continue reading

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