Exploring Hidden Histories: Planning your Project

In the 100 years since the First World War, how have Welsh people contributed to the search for peace? This question opens up a huge range of possibilities for previously underexplored 'hidden histories' - and a huge range of creative ways to share these. Where do we start - whose story are you going to tell, and why? What are you going to produce? The clearer your plan at the start, the easier and more rewarding your project will be.

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What are you going to Produce? Individual or Group Project?

You can use this 'Hidden Histories' guidance for self-led projects as an individual, volunteer or student; or for team projects with schools or community groups. It's important to be clear from the outset what you are to produce: If you do not already have a specific plan already - such as a blog article, short film or display - you might like to look through some of the examples below for ideas and inspiration! Wales for Peace have put together a number of 'Peace History Pathways', referenced through this guide, offering guidance and ideas for individual and group projects.

For Individuals, Volunteers and Small Groups

Pathway

What might I produce?

Examples

  • Blog piece
  • Feature article or 'citizen journalism'
  • Wikipedia / reference article
  • Study essay / research project
  • Transcription or Literature Review
  • Creative writing / interpretation

  • Story board which will lead to...
  • Digital Story (audio set to photographs)
  • Vlog (video blog piece)
  • Short film / video
  • Interview / Oral History (for video, audio or podcast)
  • Social media 'Viral content'
  • Infographics or Animations

  • Photographic display or portfolio
  • Creative writing, poetry, message
  • Music (eg song, rap)
  • Theatre / performance script
  • Artistic interpretation
  • (eg sculpture, mosaic, painting, drawing, model making)

'Projects' for Teams, Schools and Community Groups

  • Exhibition (of stories, photography, artistic responses)
  • Display for school / community boards
  • Online 'showcase' of digital responses
  • Organising a public lecture / debate
  • Community & learning workshops
  • Organise a Schools Conference or youth event
  • Local heritage leaflet
  • Short book with multiple contributors
  • Research / study or reference paper
  • Feature Film
  • Collection of film clips edited into a series
  • Audio Feature for community radio / podcast
  • Surveys and interviews
  • Peace Garden with interpretation
  • Memorial
  • Sculpture

Choose a Topic

It's impolrtant to choose a subject that interests and motivates you to produce a Hidden History - lots of people may ask you about it in the future too! You (or your group) may already know of a specific story from your community that you're looking to 'bring alive'; or you may be looking for inspiration. Luckily, Wales' Peace Heritage is incredibly wide ranging - with many stories as yet untold. Why not explore and pick a topic from the themes below?

Choose a Perspective

History is not just a a collection of facts; as with events around us every day, there are many different points of view on what has happened in the past, often with relevance and lessons for today. Many histories have been written about the 'great and the good' - really inspiring hidden histories are often about ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. Whose story are you going to tell - will you focus on an individual, a small group or a big movement of people? How might their perspective affect the way you produce your hidden history - and how will you reflect the perspectives of others (eg who might have agreed or disagreed with them)?     

  • Individuals: impacted by war, peace builders, campaigners,
  • Communities:
  • Movements: Campaign Groups and opposing views
  • Civil society:
  • Politics and Media:
  • Attitudes towards Peace / impacts of conflict

Come up with a Plan

So - you should now know a) what you want to produce b) your topic of interest c) whose perspective you're going to explore. You may already have decided on somebody specific to write about, or you may decide as you start to research. But first, it's important to plan out your Hidden History project so that it doesn't become too unmanageable!

  • What tasks you need to do
  • How you will do them
  • Who will do what
  • When? Your timetable
  • Any other considerations (eg Permissions, Equipment / Learning to use it?)

You might find it useful to download our Hidden Histories Project Planning Template here.   

If you have a plan... you're now ready to Research! >>

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