Public history

HistorEsch: Public History Activities in the city of Esch-sur-Alzette

HistorESCH
HistorEsch is the overarching name for several public history projects that will be organised between 2021-2022 to actively involve the residents of Esch-sur-Alzette in the production of history.

The team will work closely with Nuit de la Culture, the Kulturfabrik and the municipality to develop a democratic participatory strategy to involve the public in creating an inclusive history of the city.

Together with local partners, the team will actively engage the residents of Esch in the creation of:

  • an exhibition of 50 personal objects that have been submitted by Esch residents that illustrate to them the history of Esch. The exhibition will be co-curated by a select group of residents.
  • a multi-lingual audio tour that highlights the oral histories of residents in Esch. These recordings will be audible through a free phone number posted on signs at the site and on the website.
  • an online Facebook community called Fl’Esch Back which is an interactive platform to interact and engage a wide audience with the city’s history.
  • a banquet that aims to highlight the diverse migration history of Esch through culinary traditions and other forms of intangible heritage practices.

Alongside community workshops that will be organized together with local partners, the collection of objects and stories will be open to the public through a special website which will be launched in the fall of 2021.

For more information, contact us at joella.vandonkersgoed@uni.lu.

The HistorEsch projects are part the larger 5-year research grant Public History as the New Citizen Science of the Past (PHACS), which is funded by the National Research Fund (FNR).