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Why is it important to study the past? - Marjory Harper
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AB_SGI_04_MARJORY_HARPER_Q_08
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Marjory Harper
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
41034
KEYWORDS
conferences
emigration
lecturers
audio
audios
studypast

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As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad.

Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Dr Marjory Harper answers the question:

'Why do you think it's important to study the past?'

'Well, I'll come out with the usual answer there - 'because if we don't learn from the lessons of the past, and the mistakes of the past, we're going to make the same mistakes in the future.' But it's not just that. I mean, that's the obvious answer that every philosopher of history would give. It's because the past is made up of people, and people are interesting. And it's like doing a great big jigsaw, and we're never going to fill in all the pieces of the jigsaw, but it's great fun. And I think doing history is great fun. It, we can get an insight into how people thought, and how they acted, and the influences that surrounded them, by reading their diaries, by reading their letters, by reading personal or official accounts of their lives, and the, the newspapers they read. And nowadays, of course, from the twentieth century, of listening to them in their oral recollections and their oral testimony. It's just a very rich tapestry of sources on which we can draw; a never-ending tapestry of sources.'


BIOGRAPHY

Marjory Harper is Reader in History at the University of Aberdeen and also works one day a week for the UHI Millennium Institute's Centre for History. She has published several books and articles on Scottish migration, including 'Adventurers and Exiles: The Great Scottish Exodus' (2003) which won the 2004 Saltire Society Prize for the best history book of the year.

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Why is it important to study the past? - Marjory Harper

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

conferences; emigration; lecturers; audio; audios; studypast;

Am Baile

Scotland's Global Impact

As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad. <br /> <br /> Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Dr Marjory Harper answers the question:<br /> <br /> 'Why do you think it's important to study the past?' <br /> <br /> 'Well, I'll come out with the usual answer there - 'because if we don't learn from the lessons of the past, and the mistakes of the past, we're going to make the same mistakes in the future.' But it's not just that. I mean, that's the obvious answer that every philosopher of history would give. It's because the past is made up of people, and people are interesting. And it's like doing a great big jigsaw, and we're never going to fill in all the pieces of the jigsaw, but it's great fun. And I think doing history is great fun. It, we can get an insight into how people thought, and how they acted, and the influences that surrounded them, by reading their diaries, by reading their letters, by reading personal or official accounts of their lives, and the, the newspapers they read. And nowadays, of course, from the twentieth century, of listening to them in their oral recollections and their oral testimony. It's just a very rich tapestry of sources on which we can draw; a never-ending tapestry of sources.'<br /> <br /> <br /> BIOGRAPHY<br /> <br /> Marjory Harper is Reader in History at the University of Aberdeen and also works one day a week for the UHI Millennium Institute's Centre for History. She has published several books and articles on Scottish migration, including 'Adventurers and Exiles: The Great Scottish Exodus' (2003) which won the 2004 Saltire Society Prize for the best history book of the year.