Creative Histories

19 July 2017, 1.30 PM - 21 July 2017, 4.00 PM

The Clifton Pavilion, Bristol Zoo Gardens, College Road, Bristol, BS8 3HH

What does it mean for history to be creative?

This three-day conference explores the ways that educators, researchers, writers, artists, students, practitioners, and curators have brought the past to life, made history compelling, and had fun.

This is particularly important today. While public enthusiasm for history is as strong as ever, academic historians face currents of anti-intellectualism from politicians convinced ‘we’ are sick of ‘experts’, and even senior university officials who think ‘society’ does not need historians. Some academics, on the other hand, have jealously guarded the title of ‘historian’, leading to debates about professional identities, independent research, and popular history. Now, more than ever, is the time to explore the creativity of the many different types of history being produced in (and across) many different places.

General sale tickets are available now! 

Please find the full programme here: Creative Histories Programme (PDF, 1,235kB)

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Dr Will Pooley (

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