Public History and Heritage Today - People and their Pasts

Author(s): Paul Ashton


This international collection draws together museum professionals, family and local historians, re-enactors, archivists and a range of public history contributors to discuss and explore particular forms of public history. Here, people's experience and understanding of their personal, national and local pasts are central to the creation of different histories. Different understandings of the past are interrogated, analysed - and valued. Everyday experience alongside the moments of larger narratives are juxtaposed and subjected to scrutiny. For some scholars, public history is simply the presentation of history by professional historians to 'the public', but in this original collection people are seen as active agents in the development of innovative and dynamic ways of understanding the past and creating histories for the present and future.

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'This important and imaginative book explores the myriad ways in which the past is represented and remembered, remade and contested. Starting from the premise that 'we are all historians', People and their Pasts uses rich case studies from around the world to examine the aims, approaches and impacts of public history and the pivotal role of the public historian.' - Alistair Thomson, Monash University, Australia

PAUL ASHTON is Associate Professor of Public History at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia. Founding co-editor of Public History Review and co-Director of the Australian Centre for Public History at UTS, his books include The Accidental City: Planning Sydney Since 1788 (1993) and (with Jennifer Cornwall and Annette Salt) Sutherland Shire: A History (2006). HILDA KEAN is Director of Public History at Ruskin College, Oxford, UK. She has published widely on cultural and public history. Her books include Deeds not Words: The lives of suffragette teachers (1990); Animal Rights: political and social change in Britain since 1800 (1998/ 2000); London Stories: personal lives, public histories (2004).

Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors Introduction: People and their Pasts and Public History; P.Ashton & H.Kean PART I: THE MAKING OF HISTORY Connecting with History: Australians and their Pasts; P.Ashton & P.Hamilton Usable Pasts: Comparing Approaches to Popular and Public History; B.E.Jensen The Past as a Public Good: the US National Park Service and 'cultural repair' in Post-industrial Places; C.Stanton Shades of Grey: Public History and Government in New Zealand; B.Dalley PART II: PRESENTING THE PAST IN PLACE AND SPACE 'Garden of Gratitude': the National Memorial Arboretum and Strategic Remembering; P.Gough Re-enacting the Wars of the Roses: History and Identity; M.O'Brien Backhouse Creating New Pasts in Museums: Planning the Museum of London's Modern London Galleries; D.McIntyre Monument Mania? Public Space and the Black and Asian Presence in London; J.Siblon Museum Theatre: Children's Reading of 'first person interpretation' in Museums; V.Tzibazi PART III: MATERIAL CULTURE, MEMORY AND PUBLIC HISTORIES A Nation's Moment and a Teacher's Mark Book: Interconnecting Personal and Public Histories; H.Kean & B.Kirsch Absent Fathers, Present Histories; M.Bashforth 'Memoryscape' : Integrating Oral History, Memory and Landscape on the River Thames; T.Butler Expanding the Archive: The Role of Family History in Exploring Connections within a Settler's World; M.Stewart Harry Jacobs: the Studio Photographer and the Visual Archive; J.Newman Select Bibliography Index

General Fields

  • : 9781137285904
  • : Palgrave Macmillan
  • : Palgrave Macmillan
  • : 0.494
  • : November 2012
  • : 222mm X 142mm X 21mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paul Ashton
  • : Paperback
  • : near fine
  • : 320
  • : 40 black & white illustrations