One day in history

OnedayinhistoryTuesday 17th October, just an ordinary day, has been designated One Day in History as a one off opportunity for people to join in a mass blog for the national record. The idea is that as many people as possible record a ‘blog’ diary of this one day which will eventually be stored by the British Library as a permanent historical record of our national life.
It would be great if this one day snapshot of UK life could include loads of contributions from Christian bloggers, so pass the word on. I’m not sure how long they’ll keep the upload page running – surely they’re not expecting everyone to upload before midnight…?
Details are at History Matters where there’s a link to the upload page and there’s a bit more about it at the National Trust site where I expect you can also find out loads about nature reserves, country houses and cream teas.

Update: I’ve posted my contribution to One Day in History as a comment to this post so if you’re really interested you know where to look.

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2 Responses to One day in history

  1. Tim Abbott says:

    Well, here was my contribution to ‘One day in History’. It’s probably not that fascinating so I thought I’d bury it here in the comments section. I wonder how many other people contributed, and what social historians of the future will make of this rather unrepresentative record, limited as it is to the more blog savvy residents of the UK. Hope they enjoy it.
    One day in history.
    My day started at about 7am, much like most days, and proceeded in an orderly fashion through the whole washing, dressing, breakfast routine. Diana, my wife, works as a support teacher with students aged 11-16 in Clacton, about a 30 minute drive away, so she left the house first at 8:15. Joel, 17, is in his second year of the International Baccalaureate and walks to the Sixth Form College each day, about a mile and a half away, so he left next followed by Dan, 20, who is on a work placement at a drum store.
    As Director of a Christian youth and schools work charity I would normally head for our office a couple of miles away but this morning I was working from home. Before starting anything particularly meaningful I hung the washing out – the day was a bit grey but brightening up so I thought I’d take the chance! I also put the new breadmaker on so that Joel would have fresh bread when he walked in from College. He eats a lot of bread and Marmite.
    It was great to be able to begin by being still with God in a still house. I was able to begin a series of Bible study which I’ve had a mind to get into for a while and today seemed a good time to start. I also got to read another chapter of ‘Contemplative Youth Ministry’, a book by Mark Yaconelli which looks at helping young people to develop a vibrant spiritual life.
    The rest of the morning consisted of replying to emails, including sending out a job spec to someone interested in working with us, sorting out information for a forthcoming Trustees meeting and writing copy for our website. A call to the garage servicing our minibus confirmed that it had passed the MOT and was ready to collect so I called my friend Jason to ask for a lift to go and get it. Fifteen minutes later, at about 12 noon, Jason and I were off to collect the minibus. I was due in Ipswich by 2pm which just allowed me time to buy us both lunch at Asda, providing an opportunity to catch up a bit and discuss an upcoming event.
    I made it to Ipswich dead on 2pm to meet up with Dave who heads up the Ipswich equivalent of the organisation I work for in Colchester. We get together about once a term to swap news and share ideas. These kinds of meeting are an essential, providing a way of reflecting on what we’re doing, and also the freedom to bounce ideas off each other.
    Back in Colchester by 5 and Diana and Joel are already home, Dan getting in half an hour later. I made Diana a cup of tea and got the washing in – it started raining ten minutes later! Joel went to bed for an hour to catch up on some sleep lost to coursework the previous night. Diana was out again at 7, going to a meal for colleagues from work, so she would wake him up as she left. In the meantime Dan wanted to try out a new drum pedal on the drum kit at his church and I needed to get some documents printed at the office (a room we rent at the same church), so we set off together.
    While Dan tried out different combinations of bass drum pedal and beater I worked on a few more emails and continued writing for the web site. I also printed out reports and accounts for tomorrow’s Trustees meeting. Back home an hour and a half later and Joel was up and about so we headed for Tesco to get some slightly overdue grocery shopping done.
    By now it was after nine and at last everything slowed down as we sorted out some food. The rest of the evening was a gentle mixture of internet, iTunes, TV and conversation. Diana got back from her evening out and watched tonight’s episode of Eastenders on the ‘on demand’ facility that comes with cable TV.
    And now it’s bed time, or it will be when I finish this. No two days are the same really, one of the attractions of my work, so there won’t be another one like this for me. And now it’s actually the end of the day, midnight on Tuesday 17th October 2006 – just one person’s ordinary day in history.

  2. Hi Tim
    I enjoyed reading your One Day in History post. You managed to capture the essence of what the National Archives were trying to do with the History Matters campaign which is why I’d like to invite you to take a look at a new website called “Map My London” which has just been launched by The Museum of London: (
    Map My London hopes to revolutionise the way the history of the city is gathered and displayed. Even though you’re Colchester based, it would be great if you could take a look at the site and see if you would be interested in getting involved with uploading your impressions and memories of the capital, to help us create an emotional memory bank.
    You will be able to upload your experiences about the city onto the Map My London site under headings including “Love and Loss”, “Beauty and Horror” and “Fate and Coincidence”. The site will support contributions in the form of text, digital photographs, video clips and sound recordings and the best thing is that you will be able to have a link directly to your own personal map to put onto your blog.
    If this is something that you think that you’d like to get involved with, please visit I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on the website.
    Well done on the cool blog – I’ve got it bookmarked, so you might see some more comments from me in the future 😉
    Kind regards
    Rax, Museum of London

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