Join School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Prof. Geoff Bird for his presentation which explores the experience and meaning associated with visiting 20th century battlefields and war memorials such as Vimy Ridge, Ypres, the Somme and Normandy. The presentation considers the meaning of remembrance, examining how sites of memory are established with memorials and the preservation of landscapes and relics of war.
In examining how these sites are interpreted by museums, battlefield tour guides and guide books, we gain interesting insights into the significance of war heritage in the 21st century. We will also discuss the power of individual experiences when touring sites and “standing in the footsteps” of those who fought. The “sense of place” associated with cemeteries and battlefields is investigated both in terms of how wars are commemorated, what is remembered and how war memory evolves from generation to generation.
You must register in advance. Admission is by donation to the Veteran's Poppy Fund.