The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #144266   Message #3334952
Posted By: Mo the caller
07-Apr-12 - 12:00 PM
Thread Name: When does living history end?
Subject: RE: When does living history end?
As I get older the past gets closer.
When I was at school and had to talk to Grandparents for an essay about their childhood the fact that it all happened more than 50 years ago and in the last century, made it seem far-distant.
Now a hundred years seems just yesterday.

For me living memory is something someone who was there, told me about.

Maybe it's even longer if you live in the same place as your family (e.g. farmers). I've just reread Alison Uttley's Traveller in Time about events that were talked of in her childhood re Mary Queen of Scots.