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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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Putting the Past in its Place

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Putting the Past in its Place

A year ago this month, Mary Hoffman delivered her initial story treatment for Time Traveler Tours & Tales launch title, In the Footsteps of Giants. That's when our treasure hunting, Round 1, began!

I’ve written about cracking the character code of our Time Traveler Tours, and about their unique voice, as well as about finding the device that enables them to talk from the past.

But the key ingredient to any Time Traveler Tour is transporting you to a particular place and time, and not just any place and time, but...

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Cracking the Code on Characters

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Cracking the Code on Characters

In my last post, I wrote about how I found the voice of Time Traveler Tours thanks to a perceived failure. But the learning did not end there. Not by a long shot. It took another misstep en route to preparing our newest title, IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GIANTS, to make us realize we had not yet cracked the code as to who our characters should be, and what stories they should tell.

It was another lesson learned by trial and error on our way to developing our mission and vision for Time Traveler Tours & Tales...

What happened was this...

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Finding Your Voice in Failure

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Finding Your Voice in Failure

Did I ever tell you the story about how I met Charlotte Corday? How she came to be the narrator for Time Traveler Tours’ first title: Beware Madame la Guillotine?

Did we ever disclose how Mary Hoffman came to choose Michelangelo as her guide for In the Footsteps of Giants when she thought that job would fall to the model that stood for the David?

These stories are core to our burgeoning media company for they form the foundation of our model and Voice. They also both stem from potential failures that – were it not for our tenacious spirit and a willingness to pivot – resulted in twin successes.

First the story of my discovering Charlotte Corday…

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5 Reasons Why We Love Historical Tales

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5 Reasons Why We Love Historical Tales

At Time Traveler Tours we combine the traditional power of narrative with the magic of the touchscreen to #TurnHistoryOn. We put the story back in history to ensure that no one says, “History is boring!” ever again. 

This is our unique proposition: the value-add we bring to the worlds of museum education and educational tourism. 

Today I'm going to share with you five reasons why presenting the past through historically accurate storytelling is the main ingredient of every book or app we produce...

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