What is the course about?
The course explores the historical origins and social/cultural context of honouring the British war dead both during the conflict itself and between 1919-1939. It considers the various forms of memorialisation and the debates over who should be remembered and how together with the background to the Great Silence, The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and other ways of remembering including museums and battlefield pilgrimages.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Remembering the British war dead, 1815-1914: an outline history
Remembering the British war dead, 1914-1919; origins of the Imperial/Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Memorialisation at national level: the background to The Cenotaph, Great Silence and Tomb of the Unknown Warrior
Memorialisation (and related debates) at local/specialist level; the making of the (Royal) British Legion and rise of the poppy; inter-war controversies
Remembering the war (dead): museums and battlefields.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
The changing and more comprehensive nature of remembering the war dead because of the Great War; how religious and wider cultural forces shaped the forms which war memorials took; the background to the rituals and traditions associated with Remembrance; other tangible forms of Remembrance.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to all with an interest in the subject. No prior knowledge is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be delivered through a mixture of formal input and discussion with student participation encouraged. No work outside class is required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Pen and paper for any optional note taking.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might be interested in HRS12 - 'Pursuing other ways': the birth of Britain as a modern, multi-faith society.