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

Date / time
28 February, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm


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

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.

Programme

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