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The Method of History

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Work in all my areas of research involves using sources from material, visual, aural and oral culture which prove problematic for Historians. Corinna Peniston Bird (Lancaster) and I have co-edited the volume, History Beyond the Text (Routledge, 2009), which brings together individual experts from Europe and the Americas on the use which historians can make of sources such as art, music, oral testimony, the internet, material culture, landscape and so on. The English Folk and Caribbean projects both include major collections of digital photographs, English Folk includes a study of material culture, art and music and employs oral testimony, and I have a particular scholarly interest in the very different work of Joseph Wright of Derby and Juan Sanchez Cotán. The graphic art of the seventeenth-century woodcut is represented in an article on four centuries of (mis)useof a particular image, initiated by the presses of Jane and Andrew Coe. This features in vol.70 (2010) of History Workshop Journal, and further information about the Coe press and a database listing of its output can be viewed at www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/projects/coe/index.html.

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