History Matters

A cracking publicity idea from the National Trust, I’ll be taking part: 

17 October 2006 – ‘One Day in History’

Make history with us on 17 October by taking part in the biggest blog in history.On 17 October log on to the History Matters website and upload your one day diary.

A day for the public to make historic

The History Matters campaign has designated 17 October a day for the public to make historic.‘One Day in History’ is a one off opportunity for you to join in a mass blog for the national record.

A record of our national life

We want as many people as possible to record a ‘blog’ diary of this one day which will eventually be stored by the British Library as a permanent historical record of our national life.This is a one off, one day diary done on a mass scale – that will itself make history and can be a resource for historians in the future.

We want to urge people participating to reflect in their diaries how history itself impacted on them that day – whether it be simply commuting through an historic environment, discussing family history, watching repeats on TV, or listening to mum’s incessant 80’s pop. 17 October has been chosen deliberately as ‘an ordinary’ Tuesday of no particular significance. We want to record the ordinary lives of citizens and students. By doing so in vast numbers, everyone will be contributing something valuable to the historic record – a snapshot of everyday life at the beginning of the 21st century.
The idea is inspired by similar experiments by Mass Observation, the social history resource, founded in 1937, and which still exists today – based at the University of Sussex.

Taking part is easy…

1. First, record a diary of your day on 17 October. We recommend it can be anything from 100 to 1,000 words long

2. Log on to the History Matters website and follow the instructions on how to upload your (blog) diary

3. Diaries can be uploaded from 17 to 31 October 2006

4. Urge friends, family and colleagues to do the same!

5. Watch the History Matters website for details of how the archive can be accessed in the future


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