History’s survivals: thoughts on the meaning of keeping records

History’s survivals: thoughts on the meaning of keeping records


28 February    
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Event Type

The last Ludgate colloquia have concentrated on what we do not know about the past or what we have forgotten. This year we are thinking about the opposite: about record keeping; about what empirical facts survive even from the far past; about how recording technology changes remembering; about historical contexts that can still be reconstructed.


10.00 Welcome, introduction to St Martin’s and the Stationers’ Company

10:30 The Right Revd Dr Stephen Platten (Stationers’), ‘Facts from Scripture’

11:00 Professor Roberta Gilchrist (University of Reading), ‘Placed deposits: the records and remains of medieval people’

11:30 Coffee

12:00 Professor Peter McDonald (Christ Church, Oxford), ‘The recorded voice of poets’

12:30 Discussion of all morning presentations

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30 Professor Francis O’Gorman (University of Edinburgh), ‘Technology and remembering the dead’15:00 Paul Wilson and Helen Esmonde (Stationers’), ‘The written word: the power to preserve. Examples from the Stationers’ records’

15:30 Discussion

16:00 Wine

Location:  St Martin within Ludgate, City of London