Professor Michael Wood reflects on his recent BBC TV project which took one Midlands village through the whole of English history, which the Independent called ‘the most innovative history series ever on TV.’ The series was made with the help of the villagers themselves, and their schools clubs and societies.
Illustrated with images and clips, the talk will go from the Romans to World War II and beyond, reflecting on the value of local history, and showing how the tale of every community- the people’s history- is also a mirror of the national story.
For thirty years, historian and broadcaster Michael Wood has made compelling journeys into the past, bringing history alive for generations of readers and viewers. He is the author of several highly praised books on English history including In Search of the Dark Ages, Domesday, and In Search of England and over one hundred documentary films, among them In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great, Conquistadors, The Story of India and Story of England- all of which were accompanied by best-selling books. His most recent work was the highly praised television series King Alfred and the Anglo-Saxons and he has now started work on a six -hour History of China for television in the UK, US and the worldwide market.
Michael was born in Manchester and educated at Manchester Grammar School and Oriel College Oxford, where he did post-graduate research in Anglo-Saxon history. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Arts and the Society of Antiquaries. He is a governor of the RSC and Professor of Public History at Manchester University