Traces analysed

‘The trace’ is what remains, the flotsam and jetsam of the past that ends up in archives, special places for conserving them, and also accumulates in our lives. Traces are the kind of 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, sketch-maps, draft Wills, notes and copies… The traces that remain are wider than just written documents, certainly wider than letters alone. Discussions of a variety of traces can be accessed from the links below, and new traces are added regularly. The companion to this is the Curiosities section of the WWW website, which provides analyses of particular kinds of traces, ones that stretch the boundaries of what ‘a letter‘ is.


Last updated: 10 January 2019


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