Traces analysed

The trace is what remains, the flotsam and jetsam of the past that fetches up not only in archives, special places for conserving them, but also in our lives. Traces are the stuff found in handbags, cupboards and attics, as well as in museums, libraries and archives. These are the letters, wages-slips, photographs, shopping lists, appointment diaries, hand-drawn maps, draft wills… The traces remaining are wider than written documents, certainly wider than letters alone. Discussions of a variety of remaining traces can be accessed from the links below, and new traces are added regularly. The companion is the Curiosities section of the WWW website, which provides analyses of traces of different kinds that stretch the boundaries of what ‘a letter‘ is.


Last updated: 6 November 2017


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