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Walk: Bombs in Bloomsbury

Start: Mar 19, 2016 11:00 AM

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology

Walk: Bombs in Bloomsbury (led by Dr Gabriel Moshenska)

Gabriel Moshenska will lead a walking tour, organised by the Public History Discussion Group, from the Institute on 19 March.

This walking tour (c.90 minutes) surveys the unusually long and varied history of explosions in the Bloomsbury area of Central London from the late nineteenth through to the early twenty-first century.

The tour focuses on the traces that these bombs have left behind: in the fabric of buildings; in memorials; in memories; and in the absences and gaps that they leave behind.

In the tour and in discussions we will consider the effects of bombs in shaping urban life, British politics, architecture and memorial landscapes.

The tour can easily be made fully wheelchair friendly if required. Assemble on steps outside of the Institute at 11am. In the event of bad weather there will be a powerpoint-assisted lecture instead on the same topic.

The Public History Discussion Group sees public history broadly as the making of histories not created for the academic seminar room as such but as the creation of histories by families, communities and nations as a way of creating a useful past in the present. The group's emphasis is upon the process of creating meaning rather than a specific subject content and hope to provide a platform for presentations from a wide range of speakers, from those who are leaders in their field, to those who are just setting out on their research.

The group started 18 years ago at Ruskin College, Oxford, initiated by the first graduates of the Public History MA there, and formed the base for subsequent conferences. The group now meets about six times a year at UCL and welcomes new speakers and new ideas from people who are interested in diverse aspects of public history.