Memorial sites

McCrudden, Heather (2009) Memorial sites. MA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Monuments and memorials have been around for centuries, with the majority of them being part of our everyday landscape. They come in many different forms and sizes, individually they can represent important and impressive works, whereas some are less obvious and not so impressive. However as a group they recede into the urban background and are forgotten. They have played a vital role within our architectural history, but who ever stops and asks why they are there, or why they are designed the way they are? After the catastrophic lost of life in World War One it was felt that every man should receive a final resting place with his name engraved in stone. As before this we only created monuments for individuals and narrated the story of victory. War memorials are constructed in order to invoke memory and remembrance, so that as a society we never forget the sacrifice of human life for the greater good. What form and where such memorials should be placed often resulted in national public and political debate. Some people believe that once we assign monumental form to memory we have to some what degree detached ourselves of the obligation to remember. Whilst others believe that the form they take encourages remembrance, for example the monumental cross in the Christian world is associated with death and sacrifice. However others argue that site is the important factor and that without the connection for tragic events under your feet, there is no trigger for remembrance. Although surely it depends on what narrative is being portrayed and how the architecture lends itself to conveying the narrative of the disaster. Are they preserving history, encouraging remembrance, or doing both?

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > Portsmouth School of Architecture
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15

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