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Damnatio memoriae - condemnation of a person’s memory

Family History
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, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

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Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022
  • DURATION 60 mins
  • HOW TO ATTEND Attendance is live via Zoom
4.8 out of 5 Average rating

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022

Event Description

In 2020, statues across the world were pulled down in a wave of global iconoclasm. Statues are a visible but controversial form of historical storytelling. History is written by the victorious, but who is writing social history? People have become more intrigued with finding out about ancestors, especially with the promise of finding out ‘where we’re from’ offered by direct-to-consumer DMA testing companies. Our ancestors shaped our story and our DNA, and we can ‘easily’ record a few generations back with national Census information. But we are not just interested in information gleaned from birth, marriage and death certificates, we want to know how our ancestors lived on a day-to-day basis. We therefore need to construct our ancestors’ narratives. These ‘micro histories’ become ‘ours’ and becomes ‘true.’ Oral histories integrate memory and but are these recollections of the past actually real, factual and truthful. Additionally, are family historians manipulating the past with seamless and often romanticised narratives of people’s lives? Do they gloss over things, not investigate specific ancestors, and favour others? If they do so, are they engaging in a form of subtle iconoclasm? How do they deal with unsavoury people in their family tree? Many people want to find out ‘the truth’. The truth will set you free - but not until it is finished with you.

  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
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Meet the Host, Dr Penny Walters

Dr. Penny Walters has been a University lecturer for 35 years, currently teaching Masters’ Business studies at Bath Spa University, England, and previously Psychology and Ethics. Penny's interest in genealogy started after having her first baby and then wondering about her biological parents, as she was adopted. Penny has six mixed race children, who have all enjoyed discovering their roots through DNA ethnicity results. Penny lectures internationally in-person, writes articles, and is sought after for a wide range of webinar topics. Penny has authored the books: 'Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy' (2019) and ‘The Psychology of Searching’ (2020), available on Amazon in paperback or on kindle www.searchmypast.co.uk

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