Culloden Battlefield: memorialisation and re-memorialisation

On St Andrew’s Day Remember Me Researcher, Dr Yvonne Inall reports on a recent visit to Culloden Battlefield and layered memorialisation processes at the site. On the 16th of April 1746 Jacobite and Government forces met in battle on Culloden Moor near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. The fighting was brutal and intense – the…

A summer internship with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Guest-blogger, Jack Sibley shares his experience as a Centenary Intern with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. This summer I had the fantastic opportunity to move to France for three months in order take part in a new internship programme run by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Living in Arras, the site of a major British…

‘Regards from Hull’ – The texture of remembrance at home and abroad

This Remembrance Day weekend Remember Me Co-Investigator, Dr Nick Evans explores the varied texture of memory and the diversity of the forgotten. On Sunday at 11am Britons at home and in certain parts of the Commonwealth stand to pay homage to the millions of men, women and increasingly animals, who died during the First World…

Remembering Concepcion Picciotto, Anti-Nuclear Peace Activist

On the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons guest-blogger Lee Karen Stow shares her recollections of meeting and photographing life-long anti-nuclear campaigner Conception Picciotto. Concepcion Picciotto said she spent 35 years of her life outside the White House in Washington DC to “stop the world from being destroyed”. Living in the familiar…

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…

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…

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…

Why Wear Rosemary on ANZAC Day?

Remember Me Researcher Dr Yvonne Inall explores the reasons underlying the tradition of wearing sprigs of rosemary on Anzac Day. Last year, guest-blogger Dr Jenny McLeod explored the origins of ANZAC Day . This year I want to focus on one of the smaller details of ANZAC Day remembrance activities: the wearing of rosemary. Each…

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…

Dr Mary Murdoch (1864-1916): ‘A Woman Doctor of Hull’

Guest-blogger Professor Katharine Cockin shares the history of Dr Mary Murdoch, the first woman ever to practise medicine in Hull. The First World War centenary has exposed some hidden stories about wartime Hull. As a port city located along a very distinctive estuary, Hull has been vulnerable to aerial bombardment. From 1915 onwards the monstrous…