17 May 2010

Public History - By You and Your Ancestors

If you publish anything historical, even just in a little blog like this one, you may be a public historian, even if you do not yet know it.

I often see myself as a creative public historian. My research methods might be a bit messy but I like to keep the administrative side of my work in a more immaculate condition. Perhaps the latter is because my early vocational training was as a private secretary.

I was a very good secretary, as all my old employers kept reminding me - especially when I wanted to advance my career into research and television documentary making. That was why I eventually went to university to gain qualifications in a broad range of social sciences.

There are not many job opportunities for people who just study history, especially those like me who do not want to be a teacher in a school or university.

Well, today I have been reading the Wikipedia article about public history.

Here are some more links I have been discovering:

From being a very good secretary, I became a very good student of the social sciences. My academic achievement even entitled me to become a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. But will academic historians recognise me as a public historian? Possibly not.

Sharing evidence-based knowledge about the past, and assisting others to gain a better understanding of the development of the world around them, are always valid forms of historical activity, regardless of how that knowledge and understanding is presented, structured and acknowledged.

Well, I hope this blog inspires your learning and enriches your awareness, even if you do not regard yourself (or me) as a public historian.

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