Stories about ourselves are fascinating. Not the “I’m too sexy” narcissistic ones, but those that help us find our place in the world.
The stories of your community's history become part of your heritage, passed on through the generations. So exploring it helps you better appreciate who you are and why you do what you do.
The timeless tradition of history- and storytelling includes: immortalising events; sharing knowledge and tradition; codifying values; inspiring; entertaining; making sense of things; and building culture and identity.
These benefits apply whether you and your community are a professional organisation, an institution, a company, a neighbourhood or a family.
One of the first things we consider when doing community history is what questions we want our clients and readers to think upon. If we don't pose interesting questions we dismiss the familiarity and sophistication of most audiences, and run the risk of producing less meaningful history.