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What are you doing on the 17th??

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History Matters - pass it on, Mass Blog Day – 17 October 2006
Date: 03-Oct-2006
Source: The National Trust

We know that history is something many people feel strongly about. But in the rush of our daily lives it's all too easy to take it for granted. And when it comes to the order of public priorities history is often sidelined. “History Matters - pass it on” is all about raising awareness of the importance of history in our everyday lives and encouraging involvement in heritage in England and Wales. Our goal is to build public support and interest in looking after our history and heritage - today and in the future.

The campaign is being run by the main heritage organisations in England and Wales including the National Trust, English Heritage, the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Council for British Archaeology, Heritage Link, Historic Houses Association and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

17 October 2006 has been designated as a day for the public to make history. It is an ordinary weekday, but it will be made special as we are asking you to write an on-line diary, a so-called ‘blog’, and upload this to our website. All these thousands of diaries will be kept by the British Library as a record of our national life. And in writing about your day, we’d like to hear how history has influenced that particular day for you. It could be anything: that old building you pass, and have now looked at for the first time; old pictures you’ve found again; your favourite song from years ago on the radio – history is everywhere you look.

It is all about recording an ordinary day, in the lives of ordinary people. In years to come, historians will find this invaluable information – a veritable treasure chest.

So please, on 17 October – help us describe “One day in History” from your viewpoint. Go to www.historymatters.org.uk and upload your diary. This will be possible for a week from 17 October onwards.

And… will you pass it on?

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