The first series of the Social History Hub podcast has just come to an end with ten great stories from individuals who are helping to redefine the way in which we live our lives.
True lives have always been a fascination to me. The stories that emerge when you take some time to listen to people are amazing and you never know what you will find out. Take, the Battle of Waterloo, a memorial is unveiled today and some of the descendents of the soldiers who fought on the battlefield will be telling their personal stories, perhaps for the first time.
I’ve just read an article telling the story of dentures made from the teeth of dead soldiers on the battlefield. It’s a grim true story and the pictures are equally unsavoury, but if you can stomach it, the article is worth a read. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33085031
It reminds me of my podcast interview with the author Jamie Rhodes, who created a fictional world around the lives of those who might have collected those teeth on the battlefield. His collection of stories called, ‘Dead Men’s Teeth’, recreates lives dating back four hundred years and enables us to put ourselves in the shoes of those who never had the time, nor money to record their own lives, no matter how grim.
Thankfully, that isn’t the case anymore and we are able to access information about the lives, struggles and achievements of people around the world relatively easily but of course someone needs to write them down or document them for future generations.
With that in mind I want to thank all the contributors to the first series of the Social History Hub podcast. Without their willingness to talk about their personal lives, the experiences they share with others would be lost. I won’t name them asthey’re all amazing but go to http://www.socialhistoryhub.com/podcasts/ and see who you identify with the most. Or indeed, just enjoy their story.
I’ll be back in a few months with a Summer Festivals special series, talking to the founders about the trials and tribulations of getting a festival off the ground.