Review of Public History. A Practical Guide by Faye Sayer

By Penelope Harnett, University of the West of England, Bristol, published 8th June 2017

What’s the point of history? In a time when the value of studying the humanities is often questioned this book provides a genuine attempt to analyse how history impacts on people’s lives. The book explains how the past connects with its public, discussing the role which interpretations play in contributing to social and cultural traditions alongside developing personal understanding. Public History is described as a dynamic undertaking involving dialogue between historians, the past and different audiences and Sayer provides detailed examples of how this occurs in different spheres...

Article taken from the International Journal of Historical Learning, Volume 14 Number 2