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Public and Popular History

What happens when history narratives are produced not for library bookshelves but for a mass audience? Does popularization of history automatically mean dumbing down? Who are the people who make history for the public sphere, and what are their motivations and priorities? The Public & Popular History seminar series brings them together, film makers, journalists, professional historians and museum curators. Through talks, multi-media presentations, panel discussions, and debates the seminar explores the practices and characteristics of public and popular history in the contemporary world.



Wed, 22 February 5 p.m.  
Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College
Prof. Sir Christopher Clark (Regius Professor, Cambridge)

Fischerites, Revisionists and Brexiteers: The 1914 Debate Revisited


Wed, 15 March 5 p.m. *Event postponed to Easter Term*
Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College

The past and present of historical pageants

Panel debate with                                

Anne-Isabelle Daulon (CEO of ElevenArches), responsible for production of Kynren - An epic tale of England,

Dr Alexander Hutton (King's College, London), Research Associate, "Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants 1905-201


Convenors: Bernhard Fulda (bdf20), David Reynolds (djr17).

 The Seminar is grateful for the generous support of the Trevelyan Fund.


Lent Term 2017 programme - print version

Seminar Programme Archive

 Lent Term 2015

Michaelmas Term 2014

 Lent Term 2014 



New joint degrees start October 2017