- The Oxford Handbook of Public History
- List of Contributors
- The Past and Future of Public History: Developments and Challenges
- Internationalizing Public History
- Complexity and Collaboration: Doing Public History in Digital Environments
- Decentralizing Culture: Public History and Communities
- Trading Zones: Collaborative Ventures in Disability History
- Popular Understandings of the Past: Interpreting History through Graphic Novels
- The Business of History: Customers, Professionals, and Money
- Public Histories for Human Rights: Sites of Conscience and the Guantánamo Public Memory Project
- Archives for Justice, Archives of Justice
- Sexuality and the Cities: Interdisciplinarity and the Politics of Queer Public History
- Public History and the Environment
- From Environmental Liability to Community Asset: Public History, Communities, and Environmental Reclamation
- Between Pastness and Presentism: Public History and Local Food Activism
- Historians and Public History in the UN System
- Good Enough for Government Work
- Shaping Institutional Memory: Public History on Capitol Hill
- History, Heritage, and the Representation of Ethnic Diversity: Cultural Tourism in China
- Public History, Cultural Institutions, and National Identity: Dialogues about Difference
- History Museums and Identity: Finding “Them,” “Me,” and “Us” in the Gallery
- National Museums, National Narratives, and Identity Politics
- The Personalization of Loss in Memorial Museums
- The Magna Carta: 800 Years of Public History
- Public History as a Social Form of Knowledge
- Brownfield Public History: Arts and Heritage in the Aftermath of Deindustrialization
- Politics and Memory: How Germans Face Their Past
- The Legacy of Collecting: Colonial Collecting in the Belgian Congo and the Duty of Unveiling Provenance
- Slavery Tourism: Representing a Difficult History in Ghana
- How You Understand Your Story: The Survival Story within Cambodian American Genocide Communities
- In the Service of the State: Monuments and Memorials in Indonesia
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter explores a range of representations of Magna Carta in the public sphere, and the authors argue that the significance of the Great Charter lies less in constitutional history and more in the different political uses to which the Charter has been put over time. Plans for the 800th commemoration of the Charter in 2015, proposed by both national and local organizations, are examined through oral history interviews with some of the leading participants. These plans ranged from the ideologically conservative and international collaborations of elite national organizations to the more inclusive commemorative activities of the local community. However, the tensions within both local and national projects of commemoration, the absence of broad public involvement, and the financial recession reduced what was intended as high-profile celebration to a more muted and elitist form.
Graham Smith is a professor of oral history at Newcastle University, researching and teaching public history and oral history. His research interests include the ways in which people use remembering to create group identities. His past projects have included reading group members recalling fiction, as well as oral history studies of migration, medical practices, and food. He was an editor of the public history section of Oral History and was the chair of the Oral History Society from 2004 to 2017.
Anna Green is an associate professor in the Stout Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and the editor of The Journal of New Zealand Studies. She has published in the fields of oral history, labor history, and social/cultural history and theory. Her most recent publications include The Houses of History and articles in Memory Studies, Environmental History, the Journal of Social History, and the Journal of Family History. Her current oral history research project explores the role of intergenerational family memory within historical consciousness (www.familymemory.nz).
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