Public history in Britain is becoming one of the frameworks within which practitioners conceptualize concerns of, inter alia, cultural identity and heritage, resource management, institutional memory, history and policy, civic engagement, and entertainment. This introduction provides, first, a brief overview of aspects of the history and of the current landscape and conceptual frameworks of public history practices in Britain. Secondly, individual essays are introduced with reference to the overarching issues and questions that each contributor was asked to address, concerning the role(s) of public historians and their professional standards, the notion of the public(s), and processes of collaboration.

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