Lecture: Places of memory; history expressed in bronze and stone’

Mon 13 Jan 2020

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Public monuments and sculpture teach us about history. They are erected to commemorate people or events, to celebrate them, and often to record sacrifice; they mark places on the landscape, and offer an opportunity, for people living in the present, to learn about the past. They can become places where local communities carry out rituals, and create memories, and through this they can provide ways in which we develop what we call a ‘sense of place’ and often a sense of ‘community identity’.

As part of our local landscape, they also contribute to a sense of familiarity with our surroundings, not just for people who live nearby, but also for people who visit our villages, towns, and cities. In many ways, just like ‘The Angel of the North’ in Gateshead, public monuments and sculpture can thereby become powerful symbols of the places we call home.

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This presentation explores ways in which the physical presence of public monuments and sculpture can transform the simple spaces, in which we live, into places, by providing opportunities for thinking about our past, for creating new memories in the present, and for strengthening community identity.

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Lecturer: Dr Anthony McIntosh

Date: 13th January 2020 7.30pm

Venue: Market Bosworth Library

Parking: On street

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