The D-Day Museum, Portsmouth: commemoration or 'guts and glory'?

Dobson, Laura (2010) The D-Day Museum, Portsmouth: commemoration or 'guts and glory'? MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The following dissertation examines the themes of war and commemoration, specifically the commemoration of D-Day at the D-Day Museum, Portsmouth. This is an area of Museology which has rarely been investigated, and existing research primarily regards museums of the First World War or genocide. In order to fully analyse the museum a number of methods have been used. These include secondary sources, site visits and questionnaires. The primary sites visited were the D-Day Museum, Portsmouth, the Imperial War Museum, London and Le Memorial de Caen, Normandy. In examining the ways in which the D-Day Museum commemorates D-Day, the author found that although the interpretation within the museum is traditional, they also present the story through a mixture of mediums. The role of the national ‘collective memory’ plays a central role. These findings confirm much of the existing research, in that the interpretation of events focuses on the ‘collective memory’. Commemoration within museums tends to follow a traditional interpretation, as they do not want to challenge existing views as this may alienate visitors and veterans alike.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2011 16:21
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:17

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