Conference and events

Whose History is it Anyway?

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Date : 5 and 6th September 2013

Location : Foster Building, UCLan

Contact : To register your interest or for further details please contact Emma Woodward email or call 0044 1772 894500

Public History in Perspective Conference

This is a multi-disciplinary conference aimed at a wide range of history and heritage practitioners making no distinction between professionals and non-professionals. Papers are thus invited from academic historians, those working or volunteering in the museum, heritage and archives sectors, those working in the media, film makers, funding bodies, policy makers, publishers, along with family, local and community historians.

Call for Papers

The first call for papers resulted in a large number of diverse papers being offered from the UK, North America and Australia. However, there is still room for more papers so we are issuing this final call for papers.

To download the full call for papers please select Conference Call for Papers (.DOC, 773KB)

Alongside general thematic papers, papers exploring issues through specific and focussed case studies are also welcome. Suggested themes include:

Family/community history and heritage

  • Public history and personal identity
  • Self as history
  • Family history
  • Online historical communities

Institutionalised history and heritage

  • Institutionalised and non-institutionalised history
  • History and the documentary record: accessions and archival challenges
  • History, artefacts and collections: museums and heritage as public history

History, heritage, politics and funding

  • The politics of public history
  • Public policy and public history
  • Volunteering, charities and public history

History, heritage and class

  • Public history, commemoration and class
  • History and cultural legacies
  • History and popular culture, popular culture as history (religion, sport, music, film etc.)

Public History and social inclusion:

  • Migration histories
  • Commemorating Black histories
  • History, heritage and gender

Presenting history and heritage

  • The mediation of history
  • Public history online and on television
  • History, heritage and visual culture

Proposals are invited for single papers or panels. For a single paper please submit up to 250 words along with a short biographical note, your organisation (if any) and contact details. Prospective panel organisers should submit up to 500 words along with a short biographical note and contact details for each speaker. Work may subsequently be considered for publication.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 21st March, 2013. Proposals, or enquiries relating to these, should be sent to the following email address:  

Conference Programme

Whose History is it Anyway?: Public History in Perspective, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, 5th and 6th September 2013

Thursday 5th September

9:00-9:30 Registration and tea/coffee
9:30-9:45 Welcome and introduction


Community Histories 1

Laurence Cassidy
Reclaiming Urban Community History: Using Digital Archives and Material Culture in Salford.

Neil Dymond-Green
(Working-Class Movement Library) Invisible Histories: How do the stories of a working past affect the present?

Sarah Lloyd and Julie Moore
(University of Hertfordshire) ‘Sedimented Histories’: connections and collaborations in regional history.

History and Media

Ellen Hughes/Victoria Stevens
(Bristol Kitchen Radio) Bristol Kitchen Radio

Kate Murphy
(Bournemouth University) Woman’s Hour: telling history, being history, making history…

Paul Long
(Birmingham City University) The Sound of History? Popular Music and Public History

Construction of Personal, Family and Community History 1

Chair: Annemarie McAllister

Theano Moussouri
(UCL) Reflections and conversations about diasporic identities among African Caribbean visitors at a social history museum.

Eleni Vomvyla
(UCL) Voicing the stories of the excluded: identity and personal history making in the home settings of Albanian families in Athens.

Sally Pilkington
(UCLan) Title tbc

11:15-11:35 Tea/coffee
2 11:35-13:05

The Museum or Archive in the Community 1

Katy Archer
(People’s History Museum) Play Your Part at the People’s History Museum


Craig Gauld
(University of Dundee) A Means of Memory, Not Memory Itself: The Responsible Archive


Kate Lukaszewicz
(Duquesne University) A More Inclusive Narrative of Pittsburgh: Comparing Two Long-Term Exhibits in a Regional History Museum


Community Engagement

Andrew Flinn
(UCL, London) ‘When in a hole, stop digging’: some reflections on recent formal and informal attempts to encourage fruitful and positive collaboration between academic researchers and community heritage group.

Laura King
(University of Leeds) Our Fathers: Reflecting on a Creative Public Engagement Project.

Annemarie McAllister
(UCLan) Temperance and Community Identity in the North West, 1832-2012: the Demon Drink Project.

Public History, Past and Future

Sebastian Fry
(English Heritage) The birth of a national heritage collection

Adam Guttridge
(Guild of St. George) Nineteenth Century Public History from a Twenty-First Century Perspective: John Ruskin, Community Outreach, and Contemporary Sheffield.

Joseph Maslen
(UCLan) Soft Power: What Margot Kettle’s Recollections of a Younger World tells us about dynamics of public history.

13:05-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Keynote: Hilda Kean
15:00-15:20 Break
3 15:20-17:20

Preston Guild and Public History

Kate Newman
(Lancashire Archives) Whose Guild is it?

Keith Vernon
(UCLan), Pageants of Preston’s Past: Preston Guild and Public Education

Sue Latimer
(Harris Museum & Art Gallery) Not Just Anytown. The Harris Museum & Art Gallery and the Mediation of Preston’s Past.

Samantha Blackburn
(Preston City Council), The Presence of the Past in Preston Guild 2012

Race and Public History

Anandi Ramamurthy
(UCLan) Digital archiving and black struggles

Alan Rice
(UCLan) Searching Inside the Invisible: Discovering Black Presence in the Spectral Interstices

Jessica Moody
(University of York) Which public, whose history? The memory of slavery in Liverpool and public history

Zoe Whitley
(UCLan) Ole Mis': Contextand [mis?]interpretation in the art of Kara Walker

Mark Sealey
(University of Durham)

Renee Mussai
(UCL) Missing Chapters and Black Chronicles

Teaching Public History

Martin Brown
(University of Staffordshire) ‘Presenting the Past’: Reflections on a History undergraduate module 2007-Present.

Nigel Carter
Sign the petition – ‘Keep Mary Seacole and Olaudah Equiano on the National Curriculum’.

Thomas Morris
(University of Lincoln) History on Apps: Is this the possible future of our past?

Uses and Concepts of History

Chair: Andy Gritt

Catherine Fletcher
(University of Sheffield) Race, sexuality and the early modern

Kate Jarman
(National Archives) What is the public value of family history?

Anthony McIntosh
(University of Brighton) It was the heart of the town”: oral history in mapping the relationship between public monuments, social capital and sense of place.

18:30 Pre-dinner drinks reception
19:15 Conference dinner in Foster refectory


Friday 6th September



Registration and tea/coffee

4 9:30-11:00

The Museum in the Community 2

Chair: Nick Mansfield

George Stevenson
(Durham University) Living history from below: democratising the past

Bridget Yates
Tackling the task head on: the rise of the local history society museum in the 1940s and 1950s.

Andy Gritt (UCLan)
From ‘hopeless resignation’ to ‘family fun days’: workhouses as museums

Community Histories 2

Stephen Caunce
(UCLan) Researching history in ‘the landscape of Hell foreshadowed’: reconciling personal experience, local meaning and academic history.

John Herson
(Liverpool John Moores University) What’s in a Name? Explaining the History of Migrant Families.

Lisa Edwards
(Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies) Memory, Myth and the Truth: Secrecy and the State in World War Two.

The Public History of Science and Technology

Chair Keith Vernon



Tim Boon (Science Museum), Annika Joy (Science Museum) , Hilary Geoghegan (UCL) Joint panel, co-presenting (See abstract)



11:00-11:20 Tea/Coffee
5 11:20-12:50

Uses/sites of Public History

Caron Lipman and Catherine Nash
(Queen Mary, London) Living with the Past at Home: Domestic Prehabitation and Inheritance.

Alix Green
(University of Herfordshire) Putting history and heritage to use inside and outside the university.

Anna Scott
(University of Lincoln) Have I Got Histories For You: the shifting tales of the Mayflower Pilgrims.

World War One Histories

Nick Mansfield
(UCLan) Fifty Years of Great War commemoration, 1964-2014

Roger Smither
(Imperial War Museum) Oh, What a Predictable War! The use of historic war photographs in cover art.

Steve Watson (York St John University College) and Emma Waterton (University of Western Sydney)
A War Long Forgotten: Feeling the Past in an English Country Village

Material Histories

Alex Lawrey
Modernity and the ‘Human Zoo’: historical crafts in the 21st century

Kerry Massheder
(University of Liverpool) Oral History and Public Archaeology: How the past and current community can help to interpret the Industrial ‘housing experience’.

Cath Neal
(University of York) Mind the gap: considering institutional space and lived experience in planning hospital reuse and regeneration. 

12.50 – 13.50



Keynote: Tristram Hunt

14.50– 15.10



15.10 – 16.40

Public Commemoration

Eureka Henrich
(King’s, London) ‘Add your name to History’: migrant memorial walls and the nation – public memorials

Anne Hilker
(Parsons The New School for Design, NYC) The Privatization of Public Deaths: Victim Families as new ‘Patrons’ of Memorial Architecture and Display

Representations and their public histories

Claire Hayward
(Kingston University) Putting the Invisible Past in the Present: Representing Same-Sex Attraction in Museums


Linda Shapiro
The Severn: How a Photographic Presentation of a River Landscape Influences an Interpretation of the Past



16.40-1700 Plenary session – Public History: the way forward?

Conference Venue

Conference Venue - Preston Main Campus
Foster Building, University of Central Lancashire

Details on directions can be found on our how to find us pages

Keynote Speakers

Confirmed Speaker: Hilda Kean

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Preston Legacy International Hotel

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Preston Marriott

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