"We have distilled Britain’s history by compiling a CV for the nation to encourage a buoyant sense of belonging and to inspire the Influential Islanders
as they ‘apply for the future’."
The National CV Group is altruistic and educational in intent. We are searching for sponsors, to take our presentation based on The National CV into the UK's history-deficient schools. Available for review by potential partners are The National CV Document itself, a Project Brief and a report on a pilot presentation campaign called Schools’ Feedback. (The National CV Document is being withheld from public dissemination until a sponsor is found.)
The National CV Group thanks BT Group plc for gracious provision of seed funding and Brian Watson, a private benefactor, for venture philanthropy of an inspiring kind.
To give you the history of our history project, The National CV Group first met in January 2009 [CVpedia: see 6.9 Scholarship, The National CV of Britain]. Five concerned citizens, they were shocked by the amnesia into which Britain had sunk in regard to what the group saw as their nation’s wildly disproportionate positive contribution to civilization, given that Britons have typically represented less than 1% of the world’s population at any given time. Particularly exasperating, the group felt, was the feebleness of history teaching in UK state schools.
John Hart, Keith Davies, Rupert Willoughby, an associate
& William Tayleur (Jan 2009): "Our brief is to be brief."
The National CV Document now exists and has so far been prototyped with success as the basis of a schools presentation in twelve schools, to hundreds of children in the age range 9-14. Sponsorship is sought for The National CV Schools History Project, for a national roll-out to UK schools.
Also sought is a Media Partner to publish and publicise The National CV Document. This is The National CV Media Project.
Discussions are in progress with potential exhibition partners, as The National CV could be the cost-effective basis for the long-mooted Museum of British History. This is The National CV Exhibition Project.
By 2012 the group comprised a network of more than two dozen forward-looking historically minded citizens determined to remind Britons of their nation’s extraordinary pioneering accomplishments across the sciences, technology, literature, the arts and any number of other fields of human endeavour. Britain was the key nation in the development of the modern world, bar none: one thinks of the scientific revolution, the industrial revolution, the second agricultural revolution, parliamentary democracy and the initiation of the Age of Reason. Britain discovered all of the three main subatomic particles and a quarter of the elements of the periodic table, while also splitting the first atom, naming the Big Bang and postulating antimatter. Britain produced the first meteorological classifications of the clouds and wind. Called to mind are Newton, Darwin, Shakespeare, Jane Austen and 007, pausing along the way to contemplate Britain’s invention of the fire extinguisher and the elastic band [see History in the news].
In compiling The National CV, we have endeavoured to comply with the conventions of the CV, which are:
- Be brief; encapsulating a nation's historical and profile information in a CV is no small task, yet for the reader the output needs to represent just that, a small task
- Be accurate whilst being as upbeat as your story warrants
- Use a timeline that is reversed; take the reader on a journey upwards from the earliest date at the foot of the document to the most recent item at the top; yet depart freely from this format to bring out the best in your material (e.g. by having themes that overlap in time)
- Have an eye to the future; in effect say “Here is what we have done; here is what we can do together for the world in the future”; a CV is a forward-looking history
- Be ready to add headlines as the story develops; a CV is a cumulative living document that loads at the top
Woodcut from Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Ireland,
London, 1577. The members of The National CV Group are pleased to see themselves as the Heirs of Holinshed.
'And it is not the least debt we owe to History, that it hath made us acquainted with our dead ancestors, and out of the depth and darkness of the earth, delivered us their memory and fame.' (Sir Walter Raleigh, The History of the World, 1614)
Dwell in the centuries to make yourself wise;
But don’t tarry too long, the future’s the prize
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