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History is typically written from the top down and is about memorable events, talented personalities or major changes.


The project 'Our History' takes another perspective since the story is about and told by the people who lived it. In short, Our History will allow people to tell their own story, increase the historical awareness by focusing on the story of everyone, and give historians access to new and unique source material. 


Our History will provide the foundation for historical science training in the education system, cohesion across generations, citizen involvement and achievements within the historical sciences.


The goal of the project is to investigate how the function and change of society (e.g. nationalism, religion and welfare state) has been perceived by the people who lived in it (their emotions, opinions etc.). 

In that context, new methods, such as digital history, is used. However, it still leaves us with challenges concerning the sources: We have too few systematic sources on how people have perceived the historical development. The 'Our History' project is a solution to this challenge and will contribute with specific sources and the development of innovative methods for collecting this type of source material. 


The project is based on the principles of inclusion, active contributions from citizens and the reciprocity from Citizen Science and will, in partnership with high schools, archives and other history-minded actors collect the Danish peoples’ stories and use them in curriculum-based teaching. The project focuses on subjects such as welfare, children and family in the period 1950-2000, but can be extended. 


The project runs in 2021 in collaboration with 15 high school classes.


Want to know more?


Klaus Petersen, professor, Center for Welfare Studies -

Thomas Kaarsted, Deputy Library Director, The Citizen Science Network at SDU –

Last Updated 22.01.2021