I told my school careers adviser that I wanted to be an archeologist.
She said that there was no future in it.
“History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history that we make today.” Henry Ford (1863-1947)
– Which isn’t quite the same as he is regularly quoted. Unfortunately he is probably correct, as far as he goes. Henry’s history is all around us, practical, mechanical and constantly evolving unlike our written history which is, more often than not, written by the winners or those with either an axe to grind or something to hide.
Shall we ever know the truth about the Iraq war?
Many believe that Henry VIII was a great man. Whilst I’m not going to argue I do suspect that the family members of his less successful wives would offer comment and a Pope might join in the debate.
So, this section of the site will wander through bits of our history in an irreverent if not irrelevant way.
Our history isn’t very long, unlike the Romans or the Greeks, our documented history only really starts when the Romans arrived on these shores. It sort of fades out quite a bit after they left and picks up pace again when the Normans take over. The 700 years or so between are decidedly short on facts but that’s when the story tellers come into their own!