The past isn't dead,' said William Faulkner. 'It isn't even past.' The twenty-first century is turning into a vintage era for bygone days, made accessible at the touch of a keystroke by digitised collections, search engines, data bases, open source technology, made profitable by genealogy giants and the nostalgia business. But what sort of history will emerge from these influences, even as the formal study of the discipline dwindles in universities? Join award-winning journalist Gideon Haigh to find out.