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'Biggest blog in history' is launched


Last updated at 12:04pm on 17th October 2006

computeruserST_228x168.jpgComputer users across the country are being encouraged to upload diary entries




Thousands of people are being invited today to take part in a project billed as the "biggest blog in history" aimed at creating an archive of a day in the life in the country.

Heritage organisations including the National Trust are encouraging people to make October 17 "one day in history" and record a diary of their day for the History Matters website.

Organisers chose October 17 as an ordinary Tuesday of "no particular" significance in an effort to make an electronic snapshot of everyday life.

Participants are being urged to reflect about how history affected them today, whether by simply commuting through a historic area, discussions about family history or even watching repeats on television.

The exercise was inspired by the Mass Observation social history archive founded in 1937 and the results will be stored at the British Library and other locations as a permanent historical record of national life.

People taking part should first record a diary of their day on October 17 of a recommended length between 100 and 650 words.

Diaries can then be uploaded on to the History Matters website www.historymatters.org.uk between October 17 and October 31.

"The wonderful thing about these records is we don't yet know what it is about them that will be interesting in the future," said David Cannadine, of the Institute for Historical Research.

"It may be that historians in the future will be amazed that on October 17, 2006 we were still eating meat or driving privately-owned cars."

Fiona Reynolds, National Trust director-general, said: "It would be fantastic if hundreds of thousands of people take up this opportunity for mass online participation on October 17, 2006 and make it the biggest blog ever.

"We want this day to have its own place in history and be a snapshot of everyday life at the beginning of the 21st century."

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