History Has Still To Be Written

A paper curated by Arthur Aughey & David Hoey.


  • The issue is not that ‘history’ is being rewritten, it is that the past is being recruited to serve political agendas.
  • Historical truth-telling itself is the truth which historians tell; true to its evidence, true to itself, and true to other historical truths with which it is colligated.
  • There is a large canvas of the ‘history wars,’ but there is a connection between ‘the legacy of the past’ broadly conceived and legacy, truth, justice and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.
  • History is always being rewritten by historians, but we shouldn’t leave ‘the past’ to those who have no interest in historical complexity.