Public History

Public History is different from the conventional History in its form of presenting any historical knowledge to a bigger and general public audience. The ways to convey Public History can be found in varied forms, for example, in museums, in archives, on television documentaries, on recording projects or in a digitized format on the internet. Therefore, Public History targets and focuses on an audience outside of the traditional academic field, in order to make History more available and easier to understand for a greater number of people that don’t have the means to access complicated academic writings.

The interactivity between the creators of Public History projects and the public audience is one of the key features that differentiate Public History from traditional History. Historians doing Public History must adapt their work to the audience, which they are aiming for, and to the medium, they are using to transmit their work.


Evans, Jennifer, What is Public History, in: Public History Resource Center, URL: (last visited on 06.03.2016).

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