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How Do We Categorise Our Histories?

This page is intended to help our resident historians structure the information they collect into searchable data. This will help us build the central Bedford Park resource and website that will be the public front page for the project (although you have the final say on what information is made public and what is kept private.

We are asking residents to categorise their stories into the following groups:


Contextual Events

There are a group of historical 'events' which set the context for a house history and may be shared among groups of researchers who all live in the same area. The main project team will be doing as much of the work in this area as possible, and sharing it out for our residents own logs.  These events may include:

Notable Street Events – eg change of street name or layout

Boundary or District Changes - many towns experience changes to councils or local government, or even changes to town and district names.

National events – Major national events (eg outbreak of war) give context and provide a backdrop to more local events, so the key dates are helpful to include in any narrative story about a property.

Property Events

Ownership - one of the most significant (and easiest to research) categories of information is ownership of the property concerned

Tenure & Legal Status - many homes and plots of land will have been subdivided (or even joined) over their history and it is a useful record to map how and when these changes occurred.

Notable ‘Home’ Events – This may include major works/alterations; calamities (fire, flood etc) or any activity that significantly changes the fabric of the building.


Notable 'People' Events

The richest vein of interesting stories will come from examining the lives of people who lived in your property over the years. If you are working on a group or networked project, then agreeing how to classify the people so that they can be catalogued and searched across an area is really useful. The Chimni House History system recognises the following categories:

Stage & Screen (person) - a star of stage, TV or film lived here.

Movie & TV (location) - something was filmed here or the house was a location

Literary - eg a writer lived here, or was here when they published something

Musical – a famous musician lived here or a piece was written or first performed

Medical – a famous medical person lived here or a medical event took place/was recorded here.

Political/Legal - a famous politician lived here, or a political event happened here, a law was written here.

Architectural – a famous builder / architect lived here or the house is notable for architectural reasons

War/Conflict - a member of the household was killed, or honoured due to wartime service, or an event occurred (eg a bomb fell) on or near the property.

Industry - a company was started, or some notable product or service was invented at the property

Scandal - a murder or social/sexual intrigue happened or someone involved in one lived here.

Sport - a famous athlete or sporting person lived here

Artistic - a famous artist or person linked with the artistic world lived here

ic world lived here


If you have any thoughts or recommendations on these categories we would love to hear them, as your feedback will help us improve the final outcome.

The Bedford Park House Histories Team

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