Interview

Le Musée de la Boulangerie à Bonnieux.

What historical topic have I changed my mind on? The ‘greatness’ of Britain. 

Fall of the Berlin Wall, November 1989. Wiki Commons.

What will future generations judge us most harshly for? Abandoning the rule that truth matters in public life.

Interieur van de Tribuna van de Uffizi in Florence, anonymous, c. 1870 - c. 1890. Rijksmuseum.

‘History seems to have little influence on many of our rulers.’ 

OGS Crawford photographed at Stonehenge in 1926. Photographer unknown. Image courtesy of the OGS Crawford Photographic Archive, Institute of Archaeology, Oxford.  

‘Our work on the Calais ‘Jungle’ forced me to change my mind about freedom of movement.’

Frescoed shop in Pompeii, Luigi Bazzani c.1927. Wiki Commons.

‘If I was let loose in the archives of the Archaeological Museum in Naples I might never emerge.’

Julia Lovell at the 2019 Cundill History Prize.

What’s the most important lesson history has taught me? To try to see things from multiple angles.

Sunil Amrith

My favourite archive? The India Office archives at the British Library.

Justin Marozzi

What’s the most important lesson history has taught me? That we learn nothing from it.

Roger Moorhouse

Which moment would I most like to go back to? Berlin at the end of the First World War.

Helen Parr

What will future generations judge us most harshly for? Complacency.