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History beyond the Text - New publication

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Publication date28/11/08

November 2008 saw the release of History beyond the Text edited by and with contributions from Corinna Peniston Bird and Sarah Barber, both of the History department at Lancaster.

The book is the first to offer contributions to the discipline of History that can be made by non-traditional sources, such as art, photography, film, oral history, music, landscape, material culture and cartoon. It derives from a Masters' level course in the Lancaster History Department - 'Beyond the Text' - which Corinna and Sarah have co-convened for several years, through which has dawned the realisation that historians, whilst encouraged to train their research students in the use of such sources have not commented on how this could or should be done.

The book therefore offers the first attempt to define theoretics, methodologies and case-studies in the use of such sources. This is a field in which Lancaster History Department leads the way, as witnessed by other contributions from within the Department, such as Derek Sayer on photography and Jeffrey Richards on film and television, along with Lisa Blenkinsop on virtual sources, derived from her PhD work in Lancaster.