This project, which focuses on four timelines charting different parts of Highgate’s history, grew out of the class “Making History” taught by Dr. Vivien Dietz and Dr. Michael Guasco of Davidson College’s History Department. The course looked at different ways of talking about and ‘making’ history and historical memory in physical and mental ‘spaces,’ including class trips to Charlotte, NC, and London, UK, to investigate how those cities represent ‘history.’
Our group visited Highgate, a neighborhood in Northern London, to look at its ‘history.’ After walking around the village for two days conducting on-site research, we got into more traditional historical research in online archives and historical and historiographical literature. The initial products of the combination of on-site and traditional research were papers on topics each of us deemed ‘important’ for what history means in Highgate. Below are links to each of our work. Both the papers and the timelines on this website contain much of the same scholarship, so feel free to choose either format (or both!) to peruse.
Special thanks to Dr. Vivien Dietz, Dr. Michael Guasco, and the late Dr. Malcolm Lester of the Davidson History Department for making the trip to London possible, enjoyable, and fruitful.
Thanks also to Susan Trackman of the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution for her openness to an interview, and to Alicia Pivaro for her interview regarding the Pink Plaque Project. Both of you deserve plaques, whatever the color.