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When Does History Begin?

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When Does History Begin?

It’s been a tumultuous last few weeks here in the UK.

From attacks targeting kids and Saturday night revelers to a political about-face and rebuff of Prime Minister May’s political party to a tragedy based on nothing more than human negligence and greed – we felt history being made. Yet, typically, history is viewed as something that exists in the distance, far away from the here and now, separate from the events of everyday life.

So when does history begin? Is there a clear line between past events and current affairs, even when those affairs are of obvious historic significance?

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3 Cheers for the Positive Power of Narrative

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3 Cheers for the Positive Power of Narrative

We couldn’t have planned it better if we’d tried.

It all started back on April Fools’ Day. That’s when we initiated our 21-day campaign to engage the TTT&T community in the build-up to the unveiling, on 21 April, of Buried Alive: the Secret Michelangelo Took to His Grave. We appealed to all of you then to snap a selfie while holding the name of your #HistoryHero on a piece of paper and lots of you did!

Well, three unanticipated things happened off the back of that initiative that touched the hearts of my team members and me, and got our collective creative imagination flowing…

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In Defense of Cultural Literacy

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In Defense of Cultural Literacy

You can tell a lot about someone by whom they admire, by whom they call out as their #HistoryHero.

Since April, my team and I have been asking folks to shout out the name of their favorite #HistoryHero since April. It’s been fun and a very positive experience. So much so that we’re now turning their stories into a blog series. We've met fascinating figures we never knew before and learning as much about our heroes as about the people recommending them:

For example...

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Vote for Time Traveler Tours. Vote for Cultural Literacy.

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Vote for Time Traveler Tours. Vote for Cultural Literacy.

I woke up this morning, as I have every morning this week, to the pealing of bells from the campanile of Florence’s iconic cathedral complex, Santa Maria del Fiore, popularly known as the Duomo. The heart of this ancient and exquisite city, the Duomo also plays a central role in our new story tour, Buried Alive: The Secret Michelangelo Took to His Grave. I’m here to test the app one last time before we shout its existence out to the world. I'm happy to say that it's working great!

This week in Florence also coincided with the first meeting of culture ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations. Moved by the recent damage inflicted on Roman-era monuments in the Syrian city of Palmyra...

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