The world is changing rapidly. The future is full of possibilities. So with such changes possible, why spend time looking to the past? Some people assume that History is the study of the people and societies which are ‘dead’ and lack relevance. The reality is that quite the opposite is true.
History could not be more alive in how:
• it helps root ourselves in time, understanding the ways in which our identities have been
shaped and continue to be shaped by the past.
• the stories and examples help provide comparisons to the problems we face, inspiring
potential solutions and ideas which help inform our decision-making.
• it equips us with the vocabulary and cultural capital to help participate in society: to
track, shape and debate political issues.
• it changes our understanding of and relationship with the truth: looking at how historians
can make claims and the basis on which they can contest claims.
• it provokes debate and challenges us to think about issues from different perspectives.
History’s power lies in how it fundamentally changes us: how we see ourselves and the world we live in.