The Historiographers began life on social media back in 2012. They formed as a group that would share interesting history articles and details of upcoming events from various heritage groups and organisations between its members.
In late 2016, the group made the decision to produce their first short documentary ‘He Who Fathered Christmas’, which was awarded semi-finalist at the Sydney Indie Film Festival in 2017.
During the 2020 lockdowns, the group produced a podcast/video series about the more peculiar parts of history entitled ‘Past Quirks’, in an effort to promote and raise money for various charities and heritage groups. Since then, they have released 'Love History? So Do We!' - a web series about the history of the north-west, its heritage attractions and their journey to date.
Alongside fundraisers, the Historiographers currently conduct historical, costumed walking tours. Mixing live roleplaying with historical research, the group present local history as told through the eyes of ordinary folk in the street. Why not explore the Chester of 1603 on a Tudor & Stuart Tour or Lancaster in 1803 on a Georgian & Regency Tour? Every time you purchase a ticket, you are helping to maintain some truly incredible historic buildings.
What We Are Doing
Our project currently involves making and developing connections with heritage groups on a local level, for the benefit, education and enjoyment of enthusiasts, charities and academics alike.
Inevitably the pandemic hit Britain's heritage industry hard, so we're doing our bit to help get things back on track. We've been working in partnership with small communities, helping to bolster tourism to some truly incredible historical sites, which do not always benefit from the same level of publicity as more other sites. This also provides a valuable platform to spread the word of the ‘Historiographers Heritage’ project to interested parties.
Whether physical or online, we aim to raise money for specific historical sites that don’t receive the funding that they need or deserve. As well as helping to promote local initiatives these events will provide us with an opportunity to share and discuss ideas.
In bringing local and national historical societies and organisations together, under the same roof and focusing on specific time periods and localised history, we aim to bridge the gap between populist and academic history.
At these events enthusiasts can enjoy talks from a variety of guest speakers, who will themselves have the opportunity, to make connections with other like-minded individuals and groups.