Agenda ’18

Poppy Petals
Meaning of WW1 in 21st Century Britain

24-01-2019

Onder de titel "Gateways to the First World War" organiseren het In Flanders Fields Museum en de Universiteit van Kent (School of History) in het academiejaar 2017-2018 een reeks van acht seminars.
De lezingen vinden plaats op donderdagavond en zijn gratis toegankelijk
voor alle geïnteresseerden. De voertaal is Engels.

De vier lezingen die doorgaan in Ieper vinden plaats om 19u15
in de leeszaal van het In Flanders Fields Museum, Sint-Maartensplein 3.

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Thursday 24 January
Professor Lucy Noakes, University of Essex
Poppy Petals: The Meaning of the Great War in 21st Century Britain

In 2014 Britain embarked on four years of commemorative activity to mark the centenary of the Great War.  This talk considers what the past four years tell us about the meanings of this conflict in 21st century Britain, where, far from being universally established and agreed upon, symbols of remembrance such as the British Legion poppy are contested and fought over, demonstrating the political nature of remembrance.  Drawing on a range of material, including political debates, commemorative activities and a Directive on individual understandings of the Great War, commissioned by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, the talk will discuss both the meanings of the Great War in 21st century Britain, and what these might tell us about the country today.