Flowers from Freetown

In Freetown Week guest-blogger Gladys Cole shares her experience of creating memorial wreaths for loved ones. Flowers for us Sierra Leoneans are a symbol of love,  hope and sympathy.  We remember our loved ones who have died and honour them by arranging beautiful natural flowers wreaths to lay on their  graves. This is done on…

In Search of the Somme

Remember Me Co-Investigator and photographer Associate Professor Liz Nicol takes us on a personal journey behind the lens. As a new project unfolds, where do you begin? Especially when you have vigorously avoided anything remotely connected the subject, and in this case the subject is World War One. This blog is a reflection of the…

Love and Loss on St Valentine’s Day

Guest-blogger Professor Michael Gratzke thinks about love and loss this St Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s day has become a major celebration of romantic coupledom. Some of us may feel uneasy about the apparent commercialisation of love which seems to be driven by the interests of florists and restaurateurs. However, even the grumpiest of spouses feel the…

Remembering, Loss and Poetry

Guest-blogger Catherine Sadler reflects on the influences of remembrance and loss on her work as a poet. When I think about the idea of remembering, or remembrance, I immediately, and perhaps rather obviously, think about loss – the loss of a person, an idea, a dream, a place, a building, an experience, a history, or…