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School of History Launch Public History Unit

The project aims to get students and the general public more engaged with the past

This year, Queen Mary’s own School of History has launched brand new project entitled QM Public History Unit. The group defines ‘public history’ as “…anything that involves the widest possible interpretation of history.”

Chair of QM Public History Unit, Sam Amos, discussed the aims of this new group in a more detail with The Print.

“The Public History Unit brings world class speakers and historical discussion into the wider domain. This is a project funded by the QMUL School of History aimed at increasing community engagement, interaction and outreach. The Public History Unit is looking to engage with LGBT history month, the charity Everyday Muslims, local museums and Amnesty International to bring history into the classroom and public domain.”

The Public History team plans to put on six events throughout the year, centring on getting Queen Mary students, students from the University of London and the general public engaging with history.

Their first event of the year featured QM’s own Professor Gareth Stedman Jones and Dr Tristram Hunt MP discussing Karl Marx. Afterwards, the audience were able to participate in a Q&A session, touching upon the relevance of Marxism in 21st century British politics.

Their next event will feature a lecture on 1980s Britain from historian Dominic Sandbrook. Sandbrook has written extensively on British cultural history and presented programmes on the subject, most recently ‘The 80s’ for the BBC,

Interactive lectures are just one way the group hope to get the public more engrossed in the past. The unit will also be launching a brand new history based magazine called ‘The Source’.

The magazine will include interviews with academics, book reviews and blogs and essays written by students.

Chair, Amos, was keen to emphasise that all our welcome to get involved with this project,

“Participants from all interest areas are welcome to join and participate in the debates, lectures and publications.”

Image: Queen Mary University of London Public History Unit, Facebook

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