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War memorials and commemoration free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

War memorials and commemoration

This free course, War memorials and commemoration, gives you the opportunity to practise good study techniques using the theme of commemoration and memorials. It will help you to begin to think about how form influences meaning in the arts and how ideas influence approaches to the humanities.

Free course
4 hrs
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How should Rwanda remember the genocide? article icon

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How should Rwanda remember the genocide?

Up to a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered during the genocide of 1994. A quarter of a century on, how does Rwanda memorialise that event?

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Is it ever morally acceptable to visit a mass murder site? article icon

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Is it ever morally acceptable to visit a mass murder site?

Why are ‘Jack the Ripper’ tours or visiting sites of genocide in Auschwitz or Cambodia deemed acceptable but the more recent ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ tours seen as immoral? Does time make a difference or does our view of morality run a little deeper?

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History & The Arts 

Commemoration: Visual texts

Please note: As part of a review of content, this course will be deleted from OpenLearn on Wednesday 20th of October 2021.. This free course, Commemoration: Visual texts, explores the commemoration of war through treating two war memorials the Sandham Memorial Chapel and the Royal Artillery Memorial as 'visual texts'. By helping you to respond to visual cues the course aims to develop your understanding of these memorials, not only as memorials, but as artefacts or 'made objects'. It does this through consideration of such factors as the location of the monument; its function and purpose; its symbolism or realism; use of materials; and overall form.

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4 hrs
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A visit to Ada Lovelace's memorial

Although her contribution to computing was far from being acknowledged at the time of her death, Ada Lovelace's family, and her inclusion in Byron's poetry, was enough to make her a subject of fascination. In 1853, The Leicester Chronicle sent a reporter to visit the memorial erected in her honour. This is his report.

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What would the dead we honour make of our warring world today? article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

What would the dead we honour make of our warring world today?

My family was haunted by father's experience on the Somme and the loss of his friends. Why do we pay homage to the dead but ignore the lessons of their war? asks Robert Fisk.

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What is to be done about Lenin? Coping with the relics of past regimes article icon

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What is to be done about Lenin? Coping with the relics of past regimes

The question of how Hungary approaches the memories of its Communist past has echoes for all cities with painful pasts.

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The taboo body: How memorial practices avoid the corpse article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

The taboo body: How memorial practices avoid the corpse

The presence of the body is delicately avoided when people gather at a graveside to remember their lost, explains Kate Woodthorpe.

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Death in cyberspace

Dr Sarah Earle looks at the increasing use of the internet to create online memorials to people who have died

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TV, Radio & Events 

Memorialisation

Crematorium and cemetery registrar Angela Abbot talks to us about memorialisation and the emergence of "fairy villages" as well as the sustainability of burials

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10 mins
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Making The Art Of Dying: An interview with Dan Cruickshank audio icon

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Making The Art Of Dying: An interview with Dan Cruickshank

Dr Carol Komaromy interviews Dan Cruickshank about his experiences making the BBC/OU programme The Art of Dying

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15 mins
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History & The Arts 

War Memorials

Learn the secrets of the past, revealed by clues on the high streets of today

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