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Public History Group 1st November:“A pile of my history, found in my parents’ attic”

2014 October 12

The first session of the 2014-15 academic year takes place on Saturday 1st November:

“A pile of my history, found in my parents’ attic”: The everyday histories and archives of popular music heritage.

In this paper we ask: what kind of music heritage – what kind of histories – are constructed in museums and in non-institutional spaces, on and offline?  How useful is it to describe this kind of activity in relation to ideas of mainstream and margin? What does it mean to describe popular collecting activities in relation to amateur and professional in relation to the idea of the Archive at all?  For instance, how do those engaging in these practices describe them and what is it that they do when they ‘do’ heritage?


Paul Long, Professor of Media & Cultural History, Associate Director Birmingham Centre for Media & Cultural Research, Birmingham City University.

Current research project is as communities work package lead in Cultural intermediation and the creative economy. (see ).

at The Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY.

Nearest tube stations are Euston Square (Circle, Hammersmith and City & Metropolitan lines), Euston (Victoria, Northern lines and the Overground) and Warren Street (Victoria and Northern lines). There is disabled badge-holder’s parking immediately outside the front door of the Institute.

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Come along for coffee at 11 am which will be served in the Student Common Room on the 6th floor (lifts and stairs to all floors from the lobby).

The session will start promptly at 11.30 am in Room 209 on the 2nd floor. 

All welcome – just turn up !

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