As the nation gathers to mark Remembrance Sunday the University of Hull is conducting research into memorialisation practices. A year ago members of the Remember Me research team and student volunteers attended Remembrance Sunday ceremonies in Beverley to conduct fieldwork. The team, led by Emeritus Professor Margaret Holloway, asked people to reflect on what Remembrance Sunday meant to them, how and why they chose to participate in the ceremonies. Members of the community warmly welcomed the researchers and made a tremendous contribution to the study.
This year, the Remember Me team is returning to Beverley to share the findings of their research. The results confirm the important place Remembrance Sunday holds for those who attend the ceremonies, with most people choosing to attend every year and more than half came to remember a particular person. Yet, people’s reasons for attendance were more varied than expected.
Preliminary findings from the research will be displayed in Beverley Minster on Remembrance Sunday, presenting an opportunity for community members to learn about the research they have contributed to.
A more formal feedback event is being hosted on the evening of Tuesday the 22nd of November at East Riding College, Flemingate in Beverley. Dr Michael S. Drake, Co-Investigator and lead on the ‘Heroes and Loved Ones’ study, and Research Fellow Dr Mirka Hukelova will present their findings and Principal Investigator, Emeritus Professor Margaret Holloway will speak about the one of the key themes emerging from the research. Attendees will have an opportunity to openly discuss what Remembrance Sunday means to them now, and into the future.
‘Heroes and Loved Ones’ is part of a wider research project being carried out at the University called ‘Remember Me: The Changing Face of Memorialisation’, led by Emeritus Professor Margaret Holloway. The 30-month multidisciplinary project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with a grant totalling £850,000, is the first systematic attempt to study new types of mourning rituals surrounding death and dying.
Other strands to the research includes looking at memorialisation among Polish migrants in Hull, free-writing in palliative care, archaeological and diasporic death, the memorialisation of trans individuals and remembrance of dementia sufferers.
Research is being carried out by historians, social scientists, archaeologists and ethnographers and will culminate in a major national conference and public exhibition in 2018.
For more information, or to RSVP for the Tuesday evening event (for catering purposes – yes, we plan to feed you!) please contact Yvonne Inall on 01482 466376 or email firstname.lastname@example.org