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Memory Politics and Material Culture: display in the memorial museum

Crooke, Elizabeth (2017) Memory Politics and Material Culture: display in the memorial museum. Memory Studies, 13 (2). pp. 1-13. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1177/1750698017727805


When private grief is brought into the memorial museum this transfer is a deliberate act that is seeking public acknowledgement and action. By considering the life history of a collection of objects now in the Museum of Free Derry (Northern Ireland), the use of objects in private mourning and as agents in the collective processes of public remembering is demonstrated. The story is one of loss and mourning that is intensified by the political context of the deaths. As cherished possessions these objects are active in the private processes of grieving and recovery. In the memorial museum they are agents in an evolving justice campaign, embedded in the political negotiations of the region.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Memorial Museum, Material Culture, Memory, Northern Ireland, Troubles
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > Creative Arts and Technologies
ID Code:36823
Deposited By: Professor Elizabeth Crooke
Deposited On:08 Feb 2017 22:10
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:27

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