Remembering and Memorializing Viola Desmond: The first Black woman to be featured on a Canadian banknote

As our Conference Showcase Series continues, guest-blogger Channon Oyeniran, Vice President, Ontario Black History Society explores the civil rights legacy behind and significance of Canada’s new $10 note. On December 8th, 2016, after receiving thousands of nominations from across Canada, it was announced that a woman would be the first in the country’s history, to be featured…

Remembering the Idealist, but not the Ideology?

As part of our Conference Showcase Series, guest blogger Ryan Nolan, PhD candidate at University College Dublin, examines the memorialisation of the Dublin 1913 Lock Out. From a sociological perspective, what societies ‘forget’ is equally as important as to what they remember. History is often in this sense is distorted or edited to suit the…

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…

Remembering the Welsh Women who Spoke Out to America

This International Women’s Day guest-blogger, Dr Lee Karen Stow, shares a tale of Welsh Women peace activists. Ahead of this week’s International Women’s Day, I head to Snowdonia in North Wales (snow permitted) for an event to remember and commemorate thousands of Welsh women who joined together in a ‘social revolution for peace’. In 1923…

The heart has a memory

As part of a Remember Me Conference Showcase Series, guest-blogger, Jasmine Brammer, from Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust in Melbourne, Australia, shares a deeply personal account of the importance of cemetery visits as acts of Remembrance. As someone facing a year of moments without my mother, I’m increasingly aware of the giant space that’s opened where…

What happens to the homeless when they die?

As the winter chill bites and the number of homeless in Britain has risen for seven consecutive years, Remember Me researcher, Dr Yvonne Inall, asks what becomes of those who die in a state of homelessness. The number of homeless people in Britain has been on the increase for the past seven years. Crisis UK…

Joy of flight. Remembering Joy Lofthouse (1923-2017).

Guest-blogger, Lee Karen Stow shares her memories of meeting Joy Lofthouse, former ATA pilot, who recently passed away. In 2012 I had the privilege of meeting, interviewing and photographing Joy Lofthouse, at the time one of the few surviving female pilots of the Second World War. The interview was part of the long-term documentary project…

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…

How would a dementia friendly society memorialise people with dementia?

Guest blogger, Sarah Blair, Administration Manager at Holly Bank Nursing home, ponders the question of how residents with dementia can be remembered and memorialised. I am not a “dementia professional”. I am not a doctor, a nurse or a researcher. I don’t have any qualifications or authority on the subject of dementia, and I have…

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…