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bbc.co.uk/handsonhistory A guide to interpreting historical evidence Every image, object, building, written source and landscape is a piece of evidence that can help us understand the past. Analysing this kind of evidence is called ‘interpreting’. Beginning to interpret historical evidence may feel a little daunting, but interpreting simply involves asking questions that we ask every day to help us look at the evidence in a new way. You can use five simple questions as a starting point to interpret all sorts of historical evidence: What? Where? When? Who? Why? Get started First you need to find a piece of historical evidence that interests you. It may be a photo from an old family album, a piece of pottery found in your garden, or a family heirloom. Whatever your evidence, before you begin it’s very important to do some careful background research using trusted sources. You’ll find lots more tips to help you do your own research, including where to go and what to look for in the ‘Researching History’ guide on the Hands on History website. When you’ve gathered your research materials, start asking your questions.
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  • Summer '15
  • historical evidence, BBC History

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