New ways of ‘doing’ history

An article on Neil MacGregor’s talk at the Hay Festival relays the lovely anecdote of C19th European slave traders meeting West African kings to find the kings already owning European objects… from the C.14th. I agree with MacGregor in that we need new ways of doing/engaging with history, and I like the aspiration of running the British Museum as a means to cement connections between people. I also intuitively feel that there are dimensions of ‘doing’ history that need consciously acknowledging: its poetry, its storytelling role in evoking experience, and its connections with the living world and contemporary place.

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  1. Land formation (prose) « The Isles Project Says:

    […] history I wrote about before at Sumptuous World – ‘New ways of doing history’ parts I & II. I love it because I believe those of us in the developed world need more than ever a […]

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