Last week, in conjunction with Dr Ben Pohl, we hosted the first in our series of project workshops at Downside on the subject of ‘History & Community’. As part of Dr Pohl’s British Academy funded ‘History for the Community’ project, this workshop was the first in a series of events.

Dr Pohl spent the week at Downside on retreat, immersing himself in monastic life. Part of the week was spent on the workshop, which was very well attended and, besides the monks of Downside, included participants from the University of Bristol (PGT and PGR students as well as staff) and the regional non-academic community. Together the group spent a half-day discussing the various ways in which a sense of history (or ‘historical consciousness’) informs communal communication and memory formation both past and present.

The next workshop will take place in the spring of 2020 and will serve to continue and expand these conversations with a specific aim towards setting up a special exhibition at Downside Abbey in late 2020/2021.

To read more about Dr Pohl’s retreat, click here. You can also follow his blog by clicking here