Everybody is somebody from somewhere. Everybody carries a woven tapestry of stories within them – narratives that constitute the answer to that most fundamental question: ‘who am I?’
We are these stories, and they are us; tales that help to anchor our sense of self in the vast ocean of time. Although we may travel great distances in our lives – geographically, socially, psychologically – the stories we tell of the people that made us possible provide an essential spoken testimony to the reality of our own lives. It’s the poetry of the past that helps to bring a meaning to our present.
I’m privileged to be taking part in the forthcoming Explore Your Archive week – a joint campaign delivered by The National Archives and the Archives and Records Association across the UK and Ireland. The campaign aims to showcase the unique potential of archives to excite people, bring communities together, and tell amazing stories. It’s a campaign close to my heart. I’m a lifelong collector of family history, stories and records. I’ve explored archives since I was a boy – and in return, archives have helped me to explore what it really means to be me. Continue reading »