“The poetry of history lies in the quasi-miraculous fact that once, on this earth, once, on this familiar spot of ground, walked other men and women, as actual as we are today, thinking their own thoughts, swayed by their own passions, but now all gone, one generation vanishing into another…The Dead were, and are not. Their place knows them no more, and is ours today. Yet they were once as real as we, and we shall tomorrow be shadows like them.”
English Historian born 1876
Do you have your magnifying glass to hand? We’re going to travel back hundreds of years in time to 1729 to meet a Huguenot boy - with the help of a special document called a ‘record’.
Records are kept in places called ‘archives’. They are called records because they record something happening. Records can tell us a lot about what happened in the past. Using different records, we can build up a picture of what life was like for people who lived and breathed – just like us- long ago.
[background: Map of Spitalfields 1658 ]
[caption: Indenture for Salomon Nouvel, 1729 (copyright Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives ]