In a message dated 01/10/2009 11:32:38 GMT Daylight Time,
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You can't beat the "hands on" approach.
Before you started in metal detecting where you interested in heritage?
I wasn't to be honest... nor did I see the importance of it.
What I was fascinated in was World War 2 history because my granddad used
tell me stories about it.
I was listening with great awe and sadness from a man that had "been there,
done that" and whom I had great respect for!
You have to take the "Good News" to the masses and not expecting them to
come to you. That's what museums do!
What you say reinforces a thought I was just about to voice. One real
growth area in our appreciation of the past is the study of family history (
as witness programmes like Who Do You Think You Are?) What this does is to
make the past relevant to individuals. Whether it is WW2, our mining
heritage, burial patterns in medieval churches, when you are looking at it from
the perspective of YOUR family it suddenly comes alive. It is this
identification with the past that we need to foster - the reality of the past.
For so many people, the past is seen as something either dead and gone in a
glass case or a sort of fantasy world full of gaudy colour and flashing
steel - in either case utterly irrelevant to the day to day realities. The
realisation that the past is peopled with one's own family engaging in a life
every bit as real and difficult as our own can open immense enthusiasm for
the past in general and heritage /archaeology in particular.