Secret Histories -- Slide-Show in the Guardian

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 9:09am -- Deborah

Family history: the shifting secrets of our genealogies – in pictures

Each family history is woven with hidden threads, unspoken secrets which run through genealogies from generation to generation. The historian Deborah Cohen has been delving into unseen archives to examine how attitudes to privacy have changed over the last 200 years, to explore what families have tried to hide and why. Here she charts the shifting continents of shame with portraits of lives shaped by untold stories.

Family Secrets on Start the Week, BBC Radio 4

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 9:59am -- Deborah

On Start the Week Andrew Marr begins the new year talking about lies and secrets, and the increasing blurring of public and private.  Deborah Cohen charts family secrets and shame from the Victorian times to the present day, while Sarah Dunant and the TV producer Alex Graham discuss how confession became entertainment, and the psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz listens to the hidden feelings of his patients.  Producer:  Katy Hickman