“History is important. If you don’t know history it’s as if you were born yesterday. And if you were born yesterday, anybody up there in a position of power can tell you anything, and you have no way of checking up on it.” — HOWARD ZINN
“Unless we understand our history, we have no hope of making sense of the present. ” – GEORGE MONBIOT
The People’s History Hub will be an online, multi-media, educational resource that will make the lost history of the struggle for liberty, democracy and social justice more widely accessible to students, teachers and interested citizens.
We are currently fund raising to make the project a reality. If you are interested in helping please visit our Funding page.
The People’s History Hub, is supported by the Working Class Movement Library, South West TUC, TUC Midlands, FBU West Midlands, UNITE the Union, The General Federation Of Trade Unions, The Sheila McKechnie Foundation, Dr Michael Sanders of Manchester University, Professor Keith Gildart, University of Wolverhampton, Dr Lee Humber, Ruskin College Oxford and Professor John Newsinger, Bath Spa University.
The History Hub will host single subject ‘albums’ of digital resources covering significant historical moments and campaigns such as the Suffragettes, Peterloo, the Tolpuddle Martyrs or the Peasants Revolt and some of these subject albums will be grouped together to form collections grouped under broader headings such as, the History of Parliament, the English Civil War, Trade Unions, Slavery etc.
Each subject album will include a range of digital resources including video, audio, book lists, texts, images and source documents, as well as links to digital resources created by other organisations and institutions. Each subject will be introduced by a bitesize video designed to be shareable on social media and to stimulate further enquiry.
The People’s History Hub is above all an educational project and the online resources will be the jumping off point for an extensive programme of educational outreach work including screenings, talks, classes, seminars and workshops, provided free to trade unions, NGO’s, societies, schools, colleges and universities.
The project is particularly targeted as an educational resource for 14-24 year olds but as a free, open, online, facility, it will be available to all UK citizens and indeed across the globe.
As part of our fund-raising we are seeking to measure the level of existing knowledge and the potential level of interest and enthusiasm for such a project.
It would be really helpful if you could fill in the survey below. It will only take 5 – 10 minutes