Thousands Create Mass Blog To Record One Day In History

By Graham Spicer | 18 October 2006
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Anyone can log on to the website and add their own blog entry

Thousands of people are taking part in a mass history blog that will be recorded for posterity by the British Library.

The One Day In History project, organised by the History Matters campaign, invited web users to record what happened to them on Tuesday October 17 2006 and input them onto its website.

Anyone can still get involved in the project as individual blogs (website diary entries) can be entered until the end of October. Participants are encouraged to include in their entries how history impacted them that day – be it walking past a historic landmark, listening to an old record or discussing family history.

The blogs will then be stored by the British Library and at other locations as a permanent record of national life, and the date was chosen deliberately as an ‘ordinary’ Tuesday of no particular historical significance.

“It would be fantastic if hundreds of thousands of people take up this opportunity for mass online participation and make it the biggest blog ever,” said Fiona Reynolds, Director-General of the National Trust, a founding partner of History Matters.

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The project has been organised by the History Matters campaign

“We want this day to have its own place in history and be a snapshot of everyday life at the beginning of the 21st century.”

A host of celebrities have already signed up for the project, including Stephen Fry, Bob Geldof, Tony Benn, Bill Bryson and Tony Robinson. Every school in the country – 29,000 of them – has also been invited to take part.

David Cannadine from the Institute for Historical Research said: “The wonderful thing about these records is we don’t yet know what it is about them that will be interesting in the future.”

“It may be that historians in the future will be amazed that on October 17 2006 we were still eating meat or driving privately owned cars!”

To record your own blog for One Day In History, visit the website and follow the simple instructions.

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