09 September 2010

Shadows of Inheritance

I wonder if any of my ancestors are in this picture from a short film of Trafalgar Square in 1890. The scene is very familiar to me from my life in London in the 1980s. Some of my great, great grandparents may have recognised many of the same buildings if they had been there with me.

When we piece together our family histories, we are often dealing with shadows of one kind or another. Our family photographs, portrait sketches, films, videos, diaries, and little reminders of lives gone by, are often just the beginning of the imaginative journey we can take to bring the past alive.

See the film on Wikipedia

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I especially appreciate historical insights.