Imagining cities: exploring historical sites as contested spaces

Teaching History article

By Geraint Brown and Matthew Stanford, published 10th October 2023

Exploring historical sites as contested spaces by engaging with conversations between past and present

Geraint Brown and Matt Stanford share the daunting challenge and intriguing opportunities that are presented by leading a school history trip to a site as complex as Berlin. That the city is a palimpsest, layered with stories and tissued with conflicting identities, experiences and meanings, makes planning a trip extremely difficult. At the same time, these layers give opportunity to understand a site as a contested historical space, to learn more of how accounts and interpretations of the past are constructed, and to examine what they mean to diverse audiences. In this edition, Brown and Stanford follow up their article with a Cunning Plan setting out their own suggested itinerary for taking students to Berlin... 

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