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Exhibiting War: The Great War, Museums, and Memory in Britain, Canada, and Australia

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 6:30 – 8pm

Exhibiting War: The Great War, Museums, and Memory in Britain, Canada, and Australia

A public lecture by Jennifer Wellington (Assistant Professor of History, University College Dublin) as part of the international history seminar series.

What does it mean to display war? In examining exhibitions of the First World War, this book reveals complex imperial dynamics in the ways Britain, Canada and Australia developed diverging narratives of the conflict, despite their cultural, political, and institutional similarities. While in Britain a popular narrative developed of the First World War as a tragic rupture with the past, Australia and Canada came to see the war as engendering national birth through violence. Narratives of the First World War’s meaning were deliberately constructed by individuals and groups pursuing specific agendas: to win the war and immortalise it at the same time. Drawing on a range of documentary and visual material, this books analyses how narratives of mass violence changed over time. Emphasising the contingent development of war museums and exhibits, it illuminates the way they acted as spaces in which official, academic and popular representations of this violent past intersect.

About Dr Jennifer Wellington
Dr Jennifer Wellington's research focuses on the cultural history of warfare in the first half of the twentieth century.

She received honours degrees in Law and English from the Australian National University. Following this, she completed her PhD in history at Yale University, where her PhD thesis was awarded the Hans Gatzke Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in a Field of European History. Prior to joining UCD, she was a postdoctoral researcher at King's College London.

Accessibility: Yes
Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub
Research Theme: Identities in Transformation
Event Type: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars, Library, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public

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