Researching the past, on TV

In Museums, new content on October 12, 2011 at 10:32 am

I’ve taken my first, tentative steps into television.

Following on from a couple of projects I’ve worked on recently with BBC Learning – curating two small, travelling exhibitions about British history – they asked me to write and present a short clip for their website about how to go about researching history.

I’m not an historical expert – I don’t pretend to be an authority on any one subject. But I have done plenty of research over the years and I know and understand how to use museums, archives, libraries and the Internet as historical sources. In fact, there are so many free resources out there just begging to be used, that I leapt at the chance to tell people about them in this video.

It’s live on the BBC Hands on History website now, or just click on the picture below to see me in action.

I really enjoyed the filming process from writing a script to being on set. And doing many many takes of the same piece of dialogue when I messed up/a dog ran by/ plane went over etc.

Do let me know what you think of the clip. I only did it as a bit of fun, but I think it turned out rather well.

Maybe I’ll have another go soon.


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