The British armed forces utilisation of their museums and heritage

Brady, Mark (2007) The British armed forces utilisation of their museums and heritage. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) supports over 100 museums, more than any other government department. This dissertation examines the different attitudes of the UK armed forces to their museums, most of which were established between the end of the First World War and the beginning of the 1970s, and concludes that while projection of a favourable public image of the military is seen to be important, the principal reason for the armed forces maintaining museums is to inculcate in personnel of all ranks a cohesive ‘mythology’ that sustains morale. However, a new consideration in an era which can be considered both ‘post-modern’ and ‘post-patriotic’ is that ‘military mythology’ is necessary to counter anomie and maintain an appropriate British military ethos. The dissertation concludes by proposing elements of a tri-service MOD Museums & Heritage Policy which would give priority to service museums as ‘temples of mythology’, rather than visitor-attractions.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2011 14:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:17

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