Why does History matter, and what do Historians do?
Wednesday 3rd February 2021 @ 16:30
Following the success of our annual Great Hall Lecture Series, we are continuing over the coming months with online lectures and look forward to welcoming Dr Eloise Moss from the University of Manchester for the first lecture of 2021
To join the lecture please use the following link: http://bit.ly/ghls3
In this lecture we will look at the detective work of History: how research is done, and how History is written by historians, to ask some fundamental questions about the role History plays in our society: Why does History change? How is it that there are different versions of the same historical events, or that we sometimes realise that we need to change our understanding of the past altogether? Why are some people’s voices silenced, their stories left untold, while other people become the ‘famous faces’ of the past, such as Kings, Queens, and politicians? And what do historians actually do that means their version of History can be relied upon more than others?
We will look together at these bigger questions as well as some specific examples of how the study of History can help us understand historic systems of inequality and discrimination, particularly discussing the Jack the Ripper murders and other major events in the history of crime. We will also talk about different ways everyone can get involved in researching and bringing to light the hidden stories of the past, whether through family history, school and community projects, or through blogging and social media, and why doing this is important.
Lecturer bio: Dr Eloise Moss is Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Manchester. Her expertise is in the history of crime, gender, and urban culture, and her first book Night Raiders: Burglary and the Making of Modern Urban Life in London, 1860-1968 was published by Oxford University Press in 2019.