A few years ago I worked with the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds and oral historian Dr Tracy Craggs on a EU-funded partnership project exploring the concept of historical memory in adult learning. Tracy and I ran a 10-week course for adult learners on the history and memory of the First World War to test an EU-wide methodology being developed by the partnership which included colleagues from Spain, Cyprus, Poland, Slovenia and Italy. After the course, the participants created a temporary exhibition for the Royal Armouries on the memory of the First World War, exploring the concepts of memory and commemoration and asking why as a society we choose to remember some events and issues at the expense of others.
The project follows on from a successful project to create a methodology for working with historical memory in secondary schools. I've summarised that project here and blogged about
At the end of the project Tracy and I ran an international conference on adult learning in the cultural sector at the Royal Armouries Museum where we launched the final project methodology. It was a real privilege to work with so many experienced colleagues from across Europe - we learned a lot, not just about our different national approaches to history and commemoration, but about our European neighbours and ourselves.