Comparative Public History
The United States and the United Kingdom Summer Field Course
The course is offered every other summer and is taught by Dr. Allison Marsh. Faculty and students live in rehabilitated quarters that are part of the original brick outbuildings of Kiplin Hall. Over the years, student projects at Kiplin Hall include archival processing of family papers, a catalogue and needs assessment of the large library, an inventory of decorative arts in the Hall, and research into local North Yorkshire records to document aspects of the property's development. Today student projects focus on topics related to historic preservation, historic site interpretation, and museums. Some course activities take place in nearby York, where staff at the Yorkshire Museum, the York Minister Archives and Educational Departments, the York Archaeological Trust, and the York Castle Museum have provided behind-the-scenes tours and lectures. Other course sites have included Leeds and Middlesbrough, industrial midlands cities, where students learned about the inter-relatedness of city planning, preservation of factory buildings, museum and park development.
Students in the 2010 field school started a blog on their experiences in England. Follow along as future field school participants add their own comments: http://englandfieldschool.blogspot.com/