Read Watch Play 2013 – September : History Reads

Braemar – Blue Mountains City Library Local Studies collection is housed here

We’re doing some time travel this month when we will be focusing on all things historical.

Do you like your #historyread to be real?  Do you like the stories around your #historyread or is it the people who make your #historyread come to life? Is it local stories in your community, or even in your family, which make up your favourite #historyread?  Or do you like reading about other places and other times?

Does military history excite you?  Or is is social history with the stories of communities, and people living normal lives which are still exotic by being different to your life?  Is it recent history, or history from other places and other cultures?  Is it Indigenous history?

Have you tried Steampunk? Do you like reading historical maps?

What history do you watch on DVD or film?  Does it lead you to explore this history in other ways, by reading or watching other histories? What have The Tudors and Downton Abbey led to? Apparently current fashion is being influenced by Downton Abbey. Haven’t noticed it myself . . .

Do you play games involving history such as Civilisation or Carcassonne (a family favourite of ours) or games which have constructed histories such as World of Warcraft?

Historypin is another way of exploring #historyread, and the historic newspapers on Trove.

There will be a live twitter discussion on Tuesday 24 September starting at 8pm AEST.  Use the tags #historyread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of #historyread, so others can join in the conversation too.

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