Ritual, learning and memory: Engaging with monuments at the National Memorial Arboretum
AbstractMemorial engagement, that is an interactive experience between a person and a created monument commemorating the dead, is a process which as a learning process and agent of change has been unexplored. Even further than this, multiple memorial experiences and the chain of encounters this would produce has not yet been theorised. As archaeologists, the further understanding of the role of memorials play in the lives, learning and world of the people engaging with them is vital to understanding the significance of the memorials themselves. The National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) in Alrewas, Staffordshire, is a heritage centre containing an assemblage of over 240 individual memorials commemorating a wide range of groups and individuals. The NMA constitutes a complex intersection of memorial, museum, heritage centre and tourist attraction. This project will seek to explore the nature of personal engagement with memorials within the context of the NMA. This will be achieved through the use of both previous theoretical viewpoints as well as first person accounts of the NMA itself.
PublisherUniversity of Chester
TypeThesis or dissertation
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