Shaping Disaster Memorialisation through Media Coverage

As our Conference Showcase Series continues, guest blogger Professor Marina Brancato, explores the complex relationship between media reporting of disaster and memorialisation in the context of Italian earthquakes. An earthquake is a natural and cultural event and a particular moment in the history of a community because the ontological security of  human beings is brought…

Remembering Mining Disasters

As part of our Conference Showcase Series, guest-blogger PhD candidate Ann-Marie Foster explores the ways in which mining disasters have been memorialised. “Digging the rock where Death reputes Peace lies indeed” – Wilfred Owen  ‘Miners’ The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw the worst mining disasters that the UK has ever witnessed. The Hartley…

Death and Memorialisation in Hong Kong and New Zealand

Remember Me Principal Investigator, Emeritus Professor Margaret Holloway, recently travelled to Hong Kong and New Zealand. She reports on memorials she observed on her travels. In vain did I protest to neighbours and friends as I left home on 4 February that this trip was mainly work. It has truly been an incredibly intense but…

Aberfan: Remembering a National Disaster 50 Years On.

Remember Me Co-Investigator Professor Malcolm Lillie offers a very personal reflection on the ongoing pain and remembrance of a national disaster. I was three and a half years old growing up in a small housing estate to the east of Newport in South Wales when the Aberfan disaster shook Wales to its core.  Like Aberfan…