The changing face of war memorialisation. Boer War memorials in Hull and Manchester.

Guest-blogger, Megan Howarth, explores the impact of ‘total war’ on memorialisation practices following the Second Boer War. A decade before the First World War permanently changed the way Britain remembered those killed at war, the aftermath of the Second Boer War, the twentieth century’s first ‘Total War’, necessitated the creation of memorials in towns and…

The Bear River Massacre: The West’s Forgotten Past

On the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, guest-blogger Dr Susannah Hopson draws attention to the complex memorial processes associated with the Bear River Massacre. On a warm, bright October day in 2014, I visited the remote town of Franklin, Southeastern Idaho in the United States. An area not usually visited by tourists, this…

Why Remember? Memory and Forgetting in Times of War and its Aftermath 

Remember Me Co-investigator, Dr Michael S. Drake, reports on a recent conference he attended. From 30 June to 2 July 2017, the conference Why Remember? Memory and Forgetting in Times of War and its Aftermath took place in Sarajevo. Organized by Dr Stephenie Young (Salem State University) Dr Paul Lowe (London College of Communication, University…

Remembering Dunkirk

Remember Me Researcher, Dr Yvonne Inall, explores the ways in which the massive evacuation of troops during Operation Dynamo has been memorialised. The release of the new Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk has prompted me to ask the question: how has Dunkirk been memorialised? On 10 May 1940 Germany invaded Belgium and the Netherlands as a…

Remembering Donated Bodies: The Hidden Face of Memorialisation

Guest-blogger Zivarna Murphy offers a glimpse into the process of memorialising those who have gifted their bodies to medical research. When thinking about the changing face of memorialisation in Britain and the increasing emphasis on the individual as the Remember Me Project puts forward, I can’t help but question this when it comes to memorialising…

Mortimer 100: memorialisation through collecting

As part of the 2017 Festival of Archaeology guest blogger, Alice Rose, Documentation Assistant at the Hull and East Riding Museum explores the concept of collections as a form of memorial. Individuals can be memorialised and remembered in a variety of ways.  When we think of memorialisation in the UK, our thoughts usually focus on…

Later Iron Age cremations: interregional practices, local peculiarities

During the Later Iron Age cremation was extremely popular. Guest-blogger Andy Lamb examines this practice. At certain times in European prehistory, new developments arose which were subsequently adopted and adapted across a wide area of the continent. One these was the decision to cremate the dead, which from the 3rd century BC became the preferred…

Red Army Soldiers’ Cemetery in Bielsko-Biała, Poland

Remember Me Research Affiliate, Dr Marcin Biernat, shares some photographs of the Red Army Cemetery in Bielsko-Biała, Poland. A few days ago I visited the cemetery of Red Army Soldiers in Bielsko-Biała, my hometown. I took a long walk around in the morning and I want to share some photos. The Soviet invasion of Poland…

Remembrance through the use of human remains in archaeological collections

Guest blogger, Alice Rose, Documentation Assistant at the Hull and East Riding Museum, explores human remains and remembrance in museum collections. Museums and collectors often do not discuss the human remains they care for.  This is due to the complex ethical debates surrounding the excavation, collection and storage of these remains.  In this post, we…